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Rogue Anti-Spyware Application ‘Security Tool’ Spreading Through Fake ‘Warning’ Pop-up Alerts

Posted on 19 September 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

spyware-malware-bug-removalHave you ever been alerted through a pop-up notification that some type of application has detected a Virus on your computer but the message did not come from your normal anti-virus or anti-spyware software?

A fake security application called ‘Security Tool’ has been reported to display annoying and false ‘Security Tool Warning’ messages in an effort to convince computer users that they must purchase the full ‘Security Tool’ program.

Security Tool is a rogue anti-spyware program or in other words, a fake anti-spyware program that mimics a legitimate one only to extort money from computer users. Over the past few weeks Security Tool has been known to display a specific fake pop-up error message. The error pop-up message reads:

Security Tool Warning
Spyware.IEMonster activity detected. This is spyware that attempts to steal passwords from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Outlook and other programs. Click here to remove it immediately with Security Tool
Security Tool Warning
Security Tool has detected harmful software in your system. We strongly recommend you to register Security Tool to remove these threats immediately.

The message above can be rather convincing to an unsuspecting computer user. Someone who is not familiar with the way rogue anti-spyware applications function could very well click on this notification and unintentionally install or run additional malware threats on their system. The Spyware.IEMonster parasite mentioned in the message above is a legitimate computer infection but in reality it is not the threat that is being detected. The message is completely fabricated.

It is a common tactic for rogue anti-spyware programs to utilize these fake warning messages to get computer users to either download and install malware or to purchase a bogus security program. In the case of Security Tool’s message above, it is known to be a scam that if clicked on will redirect the computer user to a bogus web site that asks the user to enter personal information along with a credit card to purchase the full version of Security Tool. The full version of Security Tool, unfortunately, does not detect or remove parasites as it says it will. Matter of fact, no rogue anti-spyware programs is able to detect or remove parasites. The creators of such applications program to make you think that they will ‘solve’ your parasite infection issues.

What we have learned from Security Tool so far is that it will repeatedly display the bogus warning message above until action is taken to completely remove Security Tool from the computer. Computer users must also realize that purchasing Security Tool will NOT solve any computer security issues at hand nor will it stop displaying the annoying warning message. The messages’ intent is to only sell and spread the fake security program Security Tool.

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