Published May 11, 2009|Updated Sep 15, 2017


Alert level: Severe Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

Also detected as: Fake_AntiSpyware.BKN (AVG) Win32/FakeAV.ACR (CA) Win32/Adware.PrivacyComponents (ESET) not-a-virus:FraudTool.Win32.PrivacyCenter (other) not-a-virus:FraudTool.Win32.Agent.jn (Kaspersky) FakeAlert-CP (McAfee) Troj/PrvCnt-Gen (Sophos) SpywareGuard2008 (Symantec) Control Center (other) Privacy Center (other)

Trojan:Win32/PrivacyCenter is a family of programs that claims to scan for malware and displays fake warnings of “malicious programs and viruses”. They then inform the user that they need to pay money to register the software in order to remove these non-existent threats.
Special Note:
Reports of Rogue Antivirus programs have been more prevalent as of late.  These are programs that generate misleading alerts and false detections in order to convince users to purchase illegitimate security software.  Some of these programs may display product names or logos in an apparently unlawful attempt to impersonate Microsoft products. 
Use Microsoft Windows Defender, the Microsoft Safety Scanner (, or another up-to-date scanning and removal tool to detect and remove these threats and other unwanted software from your computer. For more information on Microsoft security products, see


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