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Fake antivirus virus- what to do.

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Uploaded on Dec 7, 2011

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Q:
I think I have a virus that keeps popping up in the windows task bar; it looks and seems like it's part of the Windows user interface, but something just doesn't seem right about it. The message keeps telling me that my computer is infected, and when I click on the popup it brings me to a web page which seems to be an advertisement for antivirus software, and it claims that this is the only software capable of removing my infection. However, the cost is something exuberant, in the range of $40 a month or something like that. I find it hard to believe that I need to spend $40 a month to keep my computer free of viruses. What should I do?

A:
First, your initial assumption of the situation is correct. Your computer is infected with a virus, and this tactic is quite common amongst individuals and corporations who create virus software. Somehow, your computer was infected with a virus that even tells you that you are infected, and it finds ways to bring you to a web page that seems to force you to buy an antivirus program to remove its own infection. This is called "forcing the need" marketing.

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