Published Sep 14, 2010|Updated Sep 15, 2017

Win32/FakeCog

Alert level: Severe Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

Also detected as: CoreGuard Antivirus 2009 (other) Dr.Guard (other) Digital Protection (other) Your Protection (other) Protection Center (other) Defense Center (other) Anvi Antivirus (other) Data Protection (other) AntiMalware (other) Malware Defense (other) Paladin Antivirus (other) User Protection (other) Protection Center (other) AntiVirus (other)

Windows Defender detects and removes this threat.

This family of rogue security programs pretend to scan your PC for malware, and often report lots of infections. The program will say you have to pay for it before it can fully clean your PC.

However, the program hasn't really detected any malware at all and isn't really an antivirus or antimalware scanner. It just looks like one so you'll send money to the people who made the program. Some of these programs use product names or logos that unlawfully impersonate Microsoft products.

Even if you do pay to "unlock" the app, it won't do anything because your PC isn't actually infected with all that malware it "found".

Different brands of the rogues may modify various settings on your computer, end or close programs or system services, or block access to websites.

Find out ways that malware can get on your PC.