By far the most common virus we’re running across is this Anti-Virus 2012 mess. To me, this is the worst kind of virus out there. It prays on your insecurities and infects your machine then steals your money. Seriously – its bad stuff.
How do you know you have it?
It’ usually pretty obvious – a scan you don’t recognize (but looks kind of like Windows) starts and then tells you you’re infected. Then it tells you for some amount of money they can remove the infections. Oh, and you can’t get on the internet. Usually, you can’t open much of all frankly. There are lots of variants, but they all look and behave in similar fashion.
What’s actually going on?
In simple terms – your computer is infected. They lock you down so you can’t do anything, other than pay them or get someone to fix it. DO NOT PAY THEM. Seriously. If you don’t want to have ROC IT Out fix it for you, that’s cool – we can still be friends. But please, please, please – DO NOT PAY THEM. Here is what will happen:
- The virus will “go away” temporarily, after they collect some money from you.
- They’ll install more junk on your computer, leading to more pop-ups (which of course display ads they’re getting paid for).
- Since they didn’t remove anything, they’ll reactivate the virus after a period of time and tell you that you got infected again. Since you think they fixed it the first time, you’ll pay them to fix it again.
- This cycle will repeat, until you stop paying them. Then since they have your credit card number… right.
How did I get it?
Generally, you went to a site that got infected or you downloaded an infected file. It’s usually accidental, the site you got it from may have been legit, but they got infected themselves.
How do I get rid of it?
Your typical removal programs won’t work without some coaxing. We’re all for the DIY method if you’re so inclined in most cases… but this one is ugly. Give it a run, but if it doesn’t work it’s probably time to call a professional. Are we willing to do it at ROC IT Out? Of course. Honestly, we’re more interested in making sure you do anything other than pay the creators of the virus! Call someone local for help!