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Wednesday June 28th 2017

 
 


Malvertising Making Life unbearable

By Fred Leonard

Contact LVIT @ 702-334-2323

Malvertising (malicious Advertising) is a process of installing unwanted or outright malicious software on your pc. I first noticed it with Anti-virus 2008, which popped up on your screen and started running a scan of your Computer to see if you have any viruses. It pops up with a whole list of thing that is infecting your computer and for a fee $50 to $100 it will clean your pc. What in fact is happens is this program hijacks your computer, and will hold you hostage until you pay the price, figure out to remove the problem or call in the computer repair people. That is me, I am a full time I.T. guy who spends his day find and fixing this problems. http://lvit.com

As I battle the increase of new forms of this, (the list now ranges for PC Protector, to System security) they all look very official. Now the part of this that is becoming the problem is, they are spending a lot of time and energy to make this work without having your real anti-virus software pick it up

Some of the stuff disables your task manager so you can’t even turn it off. There are some great programs out there to help you clean your pc when infected. Malwarebytes is one. But as this Malvertising gets better at what it does, it disable to the sites like malwarebytes.org from updating the software to remove their program.

Here are some ideas to try if you get infected. If you can still access your task manager (Alt + Ctrl + Delete) the program is running in the process tab. One of the most recent one I fixed with Personal Anti-virus, this program was running the process pav.exe.

I was able to end the process then clean the pc.

June 2014

Update, to the above post.   The scammers and others who write this stuff have spent a lot of time getting past the latest anti-virus, spyware removal software, I am still the biggest fan of Malwarebytes, but if you get infected then try to go back and fix the problem you may not be able to get the problem removed. Found a new Product ADWCleaner which picks up some of the stuff, so it’s best to run it first. Note adwcleaner will expire in 2 weeks and if you try to run it, it will tell you it’s out of date and if you go to update it, it will delete the program you just started.

I have seen less of the FBI virus so that’s good, it would hi-jack your pc and ask you to get a green-dot card for $300 and the FBI will release the pc. And there is small print that says if you do not fix the problem it will return and if you paid 300 once you may do it again. But I recommend calling LVIT (702) 334-2323 first.

On Calling LVIT, I have found that when people try to fix it themselves, they do more damage than good, if you don’t know what you are doing call a pro.