With all the sophistication which goes into the development of rogue security tools these days, it has become difficult even for experienced users to distinguish between genuine security tools and rubbish fake applications like AntivirusSoft. This rogue antispyware tool, which emanates from the same despicable family of rogues as Antivirus System Pro and Antivirus Live, will try everything in its power to come across as legitimate to its prospective victims. Despite what it would like its victims to believe, it has been proven that AntivirusSoft has no ability to detect or remove any type of threat from the system, and is really nothing more than a vindictive fake tool in itself.
AntivirusSoft will enter its victim’s PC under suspicious circumstances. The PC owner will not knowingly download and install AntivirusSoft to the system, but will instead become infected via various nefarious tactics employed by AntivirusSoft as part of its online marketing campaign. Some of the most popular tactics include using seditious browser hijackers to forcefully redirect users to their compromised landing pages, where the AntivirusSoft infection will be rooted into the system through the use of drive-by download tactics. Other forms of infiltration used include infected online flash ads, and bogus online malware scanners.
The rogue will edit the PC’s registry entries as soon as possible to enable it to launch along with Windows each time it is booted up. This will present the user with a fake security scan of the system which will inevitably yield false positives. The fake system scan will also spam the user with the following call to action, which should be completely ignored:
Update your malware database now to be sure that maximal protection is applied.
Users are warned against responding to any call to action which AntivirusSoft may issue, as doing so will only make it that much easier for the rogue to rip the user off. Some of the fake threats the false system scan will report on include Autorun.AOL and Sysoc.PNF. When all is said and done, users should never believe any correspondence received from AntivirusSoft.
Other symptoms reportedly associated with this infection is extremely poor system performance due to AntivirusSoft’s high consumption of crucial system resources, increased erratic system behavior as well as the inability to launch any type of application on the system. Users have also complained about the inability to establish an Internet connection. AntivirusSoft will also spam the user with various falsely generated security alerts in the form of pop up messages, in a further attempt to panic him into paying for its worthless software. One of the most popular fake alerts to be on the lookout for includes the following:
Windows Security alert
You will only be able to regain full control of your PC if you destroy AntivirusSoft immediately. This can safest and best be achieved by making use of a genuine security tool which will also offer adequate protection against similar future attacks.