If you’ve got a strange new program installed on your computer named Win Scan, then you’re in for some bad news; you’re infected with what is being described as some of the worst spyware of 2011. This virus is yet another in the long line of fake computer optimization software. It blocks your legitimate programs, hijacks your searches, and tries to trick you into purchasing a ‘full version’. If you do so, you’ll be giving your credit card information to hackers and putting yourself at risk of identity theft. This is why we must remove Win Scan as quickly as possible.
If you’re wondering how you installed a program like this onto your computer, it is usually done in a select few different ways. The virus installs itself without your knowing via a Trojan, frequently via social networks, twitter links, and e-mail attachments. It is currently more important than ever to have active protection against the plethora of viruses and spyware that is online, constantly trying to harvest your personal and financial data.
Some examples of warning messages that will show you that you’re infected with the virus are: “Windows detected a hard drive problem. A hard drive error occurred while starting the application,” or “Windows – No Disk, Exception Processing Message 0? 0000013,” or “Critical Error. A critical error has occurred while indexing data stored on hard drive. System restart required.”
Don’t fall for the fake alerts and the fake system scans. The hackers just want you to cough up your credit card and steal your information. We can’t let them win. We have to uninstall Win Scan and all viruses like it to keep our private information safe.
To get rid of Win Scan, one can either do so automatically or manually. The manual removal method is only recommended for advanced PC users, due to the fact that one registry mistake can result in a PC that no longer functions correctly, and can result in fees of hundreds of dollars to get fixed. Having said that, if you are an expert, then you will need to remove the registry values littered by the virus, located in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER registry folder. Then you will remove related DLL and LNK files, delete related folders and files, and finally stop the exe task from running.
Automatic removal is faster, easier, and safer. I choose it and I recommend it to clients and friends. The software that I use is lightweight, fast, and most importantly, actively protects the user’s PC against all future viruses. No longer do you need to surf the internet and download attachments with a fear of what virus you might be installing.
So are you sick of spyware and viruses threatening your personal and financial data? Remove Win Scan today and regain both your peace of mind and your clean PC!
“System Defragmenter” is a rogue security application which has been recently released onto Windows computers by hackers trying to get you to buy the full version of the program, as well as to steal your personal information. Even though this program has been created to look as legitimate as possible, it’s actually a fake and needs to be removed as quickly and effectively as possible. This tutorial is going to show you how to completely remove the System Defragmenter virus from your computer for good.
This infection is what’s commonly known as a “malware” (standing for malicious software) virus – meaning that it will place a fake program onto your system and then use that tool to try and get you to perform a number of other activities. This type of fake application virus is becoming incredibly common and works by infecting your PC from the likes of a rogue email attachment, fake website or infected download. To get rid of the infection, you basically need to be able to remove all the files and settings which allow the infection to operate. This can be done by either deleting the files it has manually, or by using a reliable removal program to get rid of it for you.
Removing System Defragmenter should be done in 2 steps – the first is to actually stop the program from running, and the second is to remove all its files and settings from your PC. An important note you should make about this infection is the way it will continually install a large number of restoration files into the likes of your “Windows” folder and other important locations on your system. This basically means that if you don’t remove the virus properly the first time around, it will load itself back up when you restart. This means that getting rid of all the files and settings it uses to run should be the top priority for its removal.
This virus will install itself into this folder of your PC:
The best way to get rid of this infection is to use what’s known as a “malware removal program” to scan through your PC and get rid of all the infected parts of the virus. Malware removal tools are software applications which are able to identify and remove all parts of a malware infection, such as System Defragmenter, and remove it completely. We’ve been using the “XoftSpy” application to get rid of this virus – this is a leading software program designed by a large Canadian company who have been updating this tool to help it get rid of all the infections your system may have. You can use XoftSpy by downloading it to your PC, installing it and then letting it get rid of any of the infected files / settings that your system may have.
With the internet being extensively used today in every walk of life, security issues have risen in prominence. Advances in technology have been used both positively and negatively to enhance websites and businesses as well as to destroy them. Negative impact of technology can be seen from the constantly increasing cases of hacking websites or of malware attacks that are being reported. While it is not possible to secure your website completely from such attacks, there are several steps, which as a website owner you should take, to secure your website investment. Following are some of the basic tips, which if followed, will help you to protect your website from malicious hackers and attacks:
Virus protection: Good virus protection is essential for ensuring complete security of your website. This can be achieved by installing a good anti-virus program on your PC, so that it will help prevent virus attacks on your website. It is important that you choose an anti-virus program that also deals with problems related to malware.
Selection of alpha-numeric passwords: Secondly, it is important to keep changing or modifying your FTP password. While this could be a pretty mundane yet irritating task for many, doing so will definitely ensure complete safety to your website. It is essential to note that your passwords should be as long as you are allowed and should contain a healthy mix of numbers and alphabets, mixed properly. Never use common dates like that of birthdays, anniversaries or names while setting your passwords as these can be easily hacked. It is important to protect your databases with passwords in a similar manner. However, if you are still unsure of how to do it, you can enlist the services of an ethical hacker to help you find the vulnerabilities in your website and overcome them. Using proper security patches: The next step is to ensure that you are up to date with your security patches as the lack of these will cause Trojans and other similar viruses to enter through these gaps. When using web hosting packages to host your website, it is important that you ensure that the hosting company is diligent in ensuring that the server patches are up to date. It is important that you download and install the latest patches that are available with regard to websites and software that you are using.
Failing to use the current patches will only result in your website and system becoming vulnerable to malicious virus attacks as some viruses can easily pass through existing software and require newer patches to stop them. Be judicious with your file server permissions: File server permissions should be set in such a way that you do not allow indiscriminate entry to your website and are aware of what is being uploaded or downloaded or even simply accessed. Like your home, it is important that you guard the gates of your website, especially if you do not want unsolicited entry that may harm to your website. Use Google webmaster: Linking with the Google webmaster account will help you learn about any hacking attempt immediately, which in turn will assist in determining the future action in case of any problem. This is freely available and helps you deal with your hacking problem without losing any time. Take regular back-ups: Last but not the least, you should always ensure that you regularly take back-ups of your material, either manually or with the help of your web hosting company. Taking regular back-ups of your information and website is essential as this allows you to easily restore the site without any hassle in case of any malicious attack that leads to complete loss of information.
So, use these steps to protect your website investment.