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Win 7 Home Security 2012

What is Win 7 Home Security 2012?

Rogue antivirus programs depend on appearances.  They create the appearance of security threats; they create the appearance of authenticity; they create the appearance of helping you.  This is all a facade. Behind the security scans and warnings are nothing but ads; behind the “infections” and “threats” is nothing but a rogue trying to convince you to purchase its useless product. The 2012 Name Changing Rogue depends on deception, but you can protect your system, and your money, by knowing how to recognize a rogue.

The 2012 Name Changing Rogue has 15 variations; they are all identical except for the name. This changes based on the version of Windows that is installed on a particular computer, but every other detail, from the messages to the interface, remains the same.  Like its 14 brothers, Win 7 Home Security 2012 enters by stealth by:

  • Posing as an online scanner.  The user is confronted with a message that appears to be a scan results window.  It indicates that there are several threats, which can be resolved by installing this software.  If the user opts to, the program can download itself in the system.
  • Entering on the back of a trojan.  In this case, the rogue enters without the users' knowledge. Trojans, which often lurk in sites that contain adult, gaming, pirated, trending, freeware, and P2P content, carry malware in when users click on affected websites, links, ads, banners, images, or videos.

Pop-ups become frequent and they warn of severe infection.  A typical alert reads:

System danger!
Your system security is in danger. Privacy threats detected.  Spyware, keyloggers or Trojans may be working in the background right now. Perform an in-depth scan and removal now, click here.

In addition, Win 7 Home Security 2012 blocks access to the Internet.  When you attempt to launch your browser, it issues a false firewall alert indicating that the program is infected.  This further creates the impression that you need to download the software, but it also keeps you from accessing legitimate security and/or removal assistance.

Some users see the warnings and purchase Win 7 Home Security 2012, hoping to resolve the “threats.” Unfortunately, this program does not deliver on its promises.  It cannot remove any threats; it cannot even scan your computer.  What it can do, however, is exploit security holes, allow other forms of malware into your system, impair performance, create instability, and impair your ability to navigate.  For these reasons, it is vital that you remove this rogue as soon and as safely as you can. Read more about the 2012 Name Changing Rogue and how to remove it manually or with removal tools.

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