The rogue antivirus virus is one of those viruses that seems innocent enough at first.
It pops up on your screen, and looks like a legitimate antivirus program. Or sometimes it even looks like a security tool program. And it tells you that there is something wrong with the site you’re visiting. That there’s a virus. Or a security problem. And since the rogue antivirus program looks like an antivirus program, you click on it. And it sends you to a site that wants to scan your computer.
But in the background, you’re unknowingly downloading the rogue antivirus virus. It’s also called the fake antivirus virus — because it’s not really an antivirus program at all. It’s a spyware/malware/adware program designed to take control of your computer.
Once installed, the rogue antivirus virus will start popping up at regular intervals. It will tell you that sites you’re visiting are unsafe. It will also tell you that it has detected viruses on your computer, or malware, or other malicious software.
All of these things are designed to get you to click on it. The hackers hope that you will upgrade the software — then they can get control over your credit card information as well as your computer.
The fake antivirus can also disable your antivirus. This is one major explanation for why your antivirus didn’t detect the rogue antivirus virus. If you click on the popup, you usually end up giving it permission to install.
Then, once it’s on your computer, it disables your antivirus. It will stop it from automatically running in the background. It will also stop your antivirus and other software (like Windows) from updating.
Then eventually it will stop you from searching for ways to remove the rogue antivirus virus. It will disable your searches and not let you visit websites related to removing the fake antivirus program.
Learn more about Rogue Antivurs programs on the web here: http://rogueantivirus.org