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Microsoft Security Intelligence
Published May 24, 2010 | Updated Sep 15, 2017


Detected by Microsoft Defender Antivirus

Aliases: FakeAlert-C.dr (McAfee) SpywareProtect2009 (Symantec) Troj/FakeAV-LS (Sophos) Win32/Adware.SpywareProtect2009 (ESET) Trojan.Win32.FraudPack.kho (Kaspersky) Spyware Protect 2009 (other) Antivirus System Pro (other) Barracuda Antivirus (other) Security Central (other) Antivirus Soft (other) Antivirus Suite (other) Antivirus Live (other) Antispyware Soft (other) AV Security Suite (other) Antivir Solution Pro (other) Antivirus Action (other) Antimalware Go (other) AntiVira Av (other) Antivirus .NET (other) Antivirus Scan (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.

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.

Use the following free Microsoft software to detect and remove this threat:

You should also run a full scan. A full scan might find other, hidden malware.

Advanced troubleshooting

To restore your PC, you might need to download and run Windows Defender Offline. See our advanced troubleshooting page for more help.

Get more help

You can also ask for help from other PC users at the Microsoft virus and malware community.

If you’re using Windows XP, see our Windows XP end of support page.