Another rogue antivirus program, this time copying Norton antivirus software has been reported to scare off users into calling the number 1-888-262-9519. Cyber-criminals have no limits or borders regarding how they will infect users, and they are showing it by letting programs like the Fake Norton Security Scan to slip past the defenses of user PCs and display false detections to lure users in an “expensive” tech support scam. In addition to that, the software may use system resources and make the affected machine behave unnaturally and even freeze at times. This is why users are given recommendations to remove the Fake Norton Security Scan software from their computers, instructions for which you can find in this article.
|Name||Fake Norton Security Scan|
|Type||Rogue Software/Tech Support Scam|
|Short Description||The software acts as a real antivirus but displays false detectons.|
|Symptoms||Advertising, slow PC, pops up interruptively with fake scans..|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundle Packages, via other uwnanted programs or malware.|
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Fake Norton Security Scan – Distribution
The fraudulent Norton security scanning software has been reported by users to exhibit different behavior when it comes to its distribution. Usually, the different methods by which it can be situated on your computer have something in common. This is the aim to slither while remaining unnoticed by you, the user. There are various methods for this. The most widely known one is via a Trojan horse that Is oriented into downloading potentially unwanted programs(PUPs) on the victims’ computers. This is a very widely used malware scheme to replicate different programs for profit. The profit may be either via pay-per-click and advertising schemes or in the case of Fake Norton Security Scan – tech support scam.
Another method of distribution is believed to be the usage of bundled installers that conceal the Fake Norton Security Scan program in one of the installation steps of the Advanced or Custom installation options. The program may pretend to be added “As a free extra” in an “I agree” type of installation steps, fooling the fast-clicking users into skipping it.
Fake Norton Security Scan – In Detail
As soon as the fake software is installed on your computer, It may situate multiple files in the following Windows folders:
- %Program Files% or %Program Files(x86)%
- %System Drive%
- %User’s Profile%
In addition to this, Fake Norton Security Scan may also begin to heavily modify the Windows Registry Editor, adding it’s custom registry values and keys which can make it run on system startup, prevent administrator account from removing it and allowing it to display other pop-ups and adds. Some registry entries may even allow it to pop-up randomly and interruptive.
Malware researchers classify Fake Norton Security Scan software as a rogue program that exhibits a tech support scam in it. The main reason for this is that the program pretends to be Norton and performs a fake scan only to “establish” that the computer in question is infected. Anyone who sees the below-mentioned screen should be aware that if you see the below-mentioned screen, you may have an issue at your hand, and you should act immediately:
The message is reported by Bleeping Computer to be the following:
Norton Fake Security Scan – What to Do Against It
In case you have this rogue software, you need to act swiftly. First, DO NOT call the number 1-888-262-9519 under any circumstances and report it to the authorities.
Then, we strongly advise to enter in safe mode and remove this program by leaving it isolated. The best way to isolate it is to break any online connection while performing the anti-malware scan. We strongly advise following the instructions after this article to remove Norton Fake Security Scan from your computer.