Published May 17, 2010 | Updated Sep 15, 2017


Severe |Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

Aliases: 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)


Windows Defender detects and removes this threat.

Rogue:Win32/PrivacyCenter is a family of rogues 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.

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