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.
Use the following free Microsoft software to detect and remove this threat:
- Windows Defender Antivirus for Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, or Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7 and Windows Vista
- Microsoft Safety Scanner
- Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool
You should also run a full scan. A full scan might find other, hidden malware.
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.