Published Apr 01, 2009|Updated Sep 15, 2017


Severe |Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

Aliases: Adware/RealAntivirus (Panda) Fake-XPSecCenter (McAfee) Trojan.Zlob (Symantec) Rogue:Win32/Fakeinit (Microsoft) Security Essentials 2011 (other)


This threat has been renamed to Rogue:Win32/Fakeinit.
Rogue:Win32/Fakeinit is a trojan that displays fake warnings of “malicious programs and viruses”. It may download a fake scanner that informs the user that they need to pay money to register the software and remove these non-existent threats. Rogue:Win32/Fakeinit also terminates certain processes, lowers security settings, changes the desktop background, and attempts to download other malware such as Rogue:Win32/Fakeinit and Trojan:Win32/Alureon.CT.
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, such as Trojan:Win32/Antivirusxp and Program:Win32/FakeRednefed may display product names or logos in an apparently unlawful attempt to impersonate Microsoft products. 
To detect and remove this threat and other malicious software that may be installed in your computer, run a full-system scan with an up-to-date antivirus product such as the following:
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