Last updated: October 13, 2022
Un rogueware is a malware (malware) masquerading as an antivirus, indicating that your PC is severely infected.
To make the alert credible, the window uses the graphic charter of some editors ofantivirus. A list even gives you the details of those who have contaminated it. Afterwards, it offers you to disinfect your pc in order to make you download a fake antivirus against payment.
If you answer yes, you are redirected to a web page that offers you to register, indicating your credit card details and your address.
This type of virus intimidation has been used before. But the rogueware radicalize the principle since the Internet user cannot close this window. Worse, by clicking, other windows will appear, preventing him from using his computer. It is a technique frequently used by hackers. The goal is to extort money from you. When it comes to security, be very careful.
The parade exists. To get rid of it, start by updating your antivirus and running a system scan. If it does not find anything, install a new free antivirus. I advise you ESET ou Avira. You can also test online for viruses at: https://www.eset.com/fr/home/products/online-scanner/.
How to protect yourself from rogues?
As you know, prevention is better than cure, and that is why I am sharing with you some tips on how to protect your computer from rogues.
- Update your operating system. The more up-to-date your OS, the less potential there is to get infected.
- Like operating systems, all software on your PC must also be up to date.
- Be careful with warez sites, pornographic sites and peer to peer.
- While installing software, do not click "Next" without reading what is marked and what is checked
- Avoid them as much as possible, and at best disable the USB ports,
- Use a less vulnerable operating system like Mac OS or Linux
- Install a powerful and up-to-date antivirus. You should know that a free antivirus will never be as powerful as a paid antivirus.