- by TrendMicro.com; and freely edited by me.
Researchers at Trend Micro have found at malicious websites for the unaware, that if you clicked on the malicious links you would see a pop-up message telling you that your computer has been infected with a virus and that you need to scan your computer immediately. (See Figure.)
If you selected the 'ok' button, you would then be lead to a screen telling you that your system is being scanned (and which looks very legitimate), when in fact the scan is not legitimate. (See Figure.)
And after the fake scanning session, you are then prompted to download fake security software to protect your system. (See Figure.)
This is a common tactic used by cybercriminals to get people to download malicious software that is designed to open up a door to their systems so they can access personal information or use your system for other purposes (such as delivering spam or secretly storing files).
You, your kids, your family and friends don't have to be fooled by this.
Note: Historically (years ago) this scan method was not as effective as using the method referenced above with the latest 'sysclean.com' file with its accompanying latest 'pattern file'.http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
For Virus and Trojan scanning, Get "1" (The System Cleaning Engine File [sysclean.com]),..
And also get one of the two "2"s (Pattern Files - Either the Official [OPR] or the Controlled Pattern Release [CPR] - either file will be in the form of "lptxxx.zip" wherein the "x"s are numerical digits).
If you want spyware scanning additionally, also get "3". (ssapiptnxxx.zip)
You will have to return to the "Pattern Files" page at TrendMicro a second time to get the spyware scanner file after you get one of the two pattern files because you can only download one file at a time from TrendMicro's "Pattern Files" page.
See: Readme file >> Section -
IV. "How To Use"
Performing System Scan and Cleanup. .
2. (Official Version.)
Malware OPR - Windows.
- OPR (Offical Pattern Release).
- Example file name sought.. "lpt107.zip".
2. (Unofficial Pre-Release Version.)
Malware CPR - Windows.
- CPR (Controlled Pattern Release).
- This is a more recent version than the OPR (Official Pattern Release) but the CPR (Controlled Pattern Release) has not been officially approved for the public yet.
- Example file name sought.. "lpt108.zip".
- Spyware pattern file.
- Example file name sought.. "ssapiptn871.zip".
For Virus and Trojan scanning, unzip the pattern file "lptxxx.zip" and place the file "lpt$vpn.xxx" in the same folder with "sysclean.com".
If you are going to scan for spyware as well, unzip the file "ssapiptnxxx.zip" and place the file "ssapiptn.da5" into the same folder with "sysclean.com".
You can then run the scanner from within Windows XP by clicking the file "sysclean.com".
..Or, as I prefer, run from Windows "Safe Mode" accomplished with the [F8] keyboard key during a system restart.