Rogue:W32/AntiSpyware

Classification

Riskware

Rogue

W32

Rogue:W32/AntiSpyware,Program:Win32/TopAntiSpyware,Program:Win32/Anticheck (Microsoft)

Summary

Dishonest antivirus or antispyware software which tricks users into buying or installing it, usually by infecting a user's computer, or by pretending the computer is infected.

Removal

Automatic action

Based on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it may block the file from running, move it to the quarantine where it cannot spread or cause harm, or ask you to select an action.

Suspect a file is incorrectly detected (a False Positive)?

A False Positive is when a file is incorrectly detected as harmful, usually because its code or behavior resembles known harmful programs. A False Positive will usually be fixed in a subsequent database update without any action needed on your part. If you wish, you may also:

  • Check for the latest database updates

    First check if your F-Secure security program is using the latest detection database updates, then try scanning the file again.

  • Submit a sample

    After checking, if you still believe the file is incorrectly detected, you can submit a sample of it for re-analysis.

    NOTE If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.

  • Exclude a file from further scanning

    If you are certain that the file is safe and want to continue using it, you can exclude it from further scanning by the F-Secure security product.

    Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.

Find out more

Knowledge Base

Find the latest advice in our Community Knowledge Base.

User Guide

See the user guide for your product on the Help Center.

Contact Support

Chat with or call an expert for help.

Submit a sample

Submit a file or URL for further analysis.

Technical Details

This is the family description for the AntiSpyware family of rogue anti-malware and anti-spyware programs.

Activity

Like most rogueware families, programs from this family will scan the computer system and then display fake alert messages stating that the system has been compromised.

To deal with the supposed infections, the user is required to purchase a license to 'fully utilize' the program and/or 'enable' its disinfection functionality.

A message notifying the user of the 'infections' will also frequently pop up from the System Tray.

Installation

A typical installation from this rogueware family will add the following registry key:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[Rogueware's Name]