Do you know what Privacy Protection is?
It has become increasingly more difficult for the average user to distinguish between genuine and rubbish antispyware tools thanks to applications like Privacy Protection. This rogue derives from the same family of the despised Malware Protection rogueware and was designed to rip consumers off. Although it may seem like a legitimate security application – Privacy Protection certainly does not have the ability to protect the PC against any type of threat.
Privacy Protection will use any tactic at its disposal to facilitate its nefarious infiltration of the system. This may vary from using bogus online malware scanners to seditious browser hijacking websites. As of late it has also been reported that Privacy Protection uses infected online flash ads as part of its online marketing campaign.
The rogue will start its attack against the PC by generating a seemingly legitimate looking security scan of the system. This scan will pretend to scan the PC and will inform the user that his PC is under attack. It will also inform the user that he needs to pay for Privacy Protection in order to stave off these attacks.
The user will shortly after this start receiving various fake security alerts stating the very same. It will inform the user of bogus threats being present on the system and tell him to purchase a Privacy Protection license. Some of the fake alerts to be on the lookout for include the following:
Malicious program has been detected. Click here to protect your computer.
Hidden file transfers to remote host has been detected.
has detected a leak of your files through the Internet. We strongly recommend that you block the attack immediately.
Symptoms associated with this threat include users being unable to launch applications on the system as well as being unable to connect to the Internet. Privacy Protection does this in order to prevent the user from being able to download or execute an application which may be able to detect and remove Privacy Protection from the system. Each time the user tries to execute an application on the infected system the following falsely generated alert will be generated:
Calc.exe cannot start
File calc.exe is infected by W32/Blaster.worm. Please activate Privacy Protection to protect your computer.
Other symptoms reported of the Privacy Protection infection include randomly generated and deleted Desktop items. It has also been reported that certain system folders’ location and contents have also been hidden from users. Poor system performance and increased erratic system behavior have also been reported.
In order to limit the damage this rogue will cause – and to regain control of your PC – you will need to destroy Privacy Protection as soon as possible. This can easiest and safest be done by using a powerful security tool to destroy Privacy Protection and protect your PC against similar attacks in future.
In non techie terms:
Privacy Protection is a fake security tool only out to rip you off. Get rid of Privacy Protection and protect your PC against its severe destruction.