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Danger level 8
Type: Rogue Anti-Spyware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • System crashes
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Slow Computer
Other mutations known as:
Vista Antimalware

Vista Antispyware

It would seem as though the sophistication behind new rogue security tools these days may even surpass those of genuine security tools. That might be the case with the Vista Antispyware rogue antispyware application, deriving from the same family of rogues such as the hotly disputed Windows Shield Scareware family. These rogue tools are especially difficult to identify as rogues due to the fact that they make use of Microsoft and Windows logos, fonts and interfaces to lend legitimacy to their scam. This can easily fool inexperienced and naïve computer users into believing Vista Antispyware to be a legitimate security tool, which it is not.

As soon as Vista Antispyware’s main executable process, known as pw.exe enters the system through a myriad of surreptitious ways, it will instigate an unasked for an unnecessary security scan. This is only the beginning of the assault on the PC and this scan will yield a list of false infections as being present on the system. This should not be trusted as it is all blatant, fake lie. Vista Antispyware will warn you of dire consequences should you not remove these infections, yet will be responsible for the many symptoms it will warn against.

These symptoms include slowed system performance, blocked Internet connections, generating of random Desktop files to further confuse you and your security software as well as instigating system changes you did not request such as changing your Desktop background, etc. Vista Antispyware also connects to the Internet without permission and will prevent you from executing legitimate programs on your PC.

This ransomware will retain control of your PC until you relent by paying for its full version or until you stop Vista Antispyware in its tracks. There really is no middle ground here. You need to proactively exterminate Vista Antispyware in order to limit the damage done and take back control of your PC.

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