Beware of this Misleading Application

by on 02/22/2009 in Computers, Software

MalwareDoctor has been reported by Symantec as a misleading application. There has been an alarming increase of misleading applications being sold on the internet. We recommend that you purchase antivirus programs from well known sources such as Symantec, TrendMicro, McAfee or Computer Associates. If you recently downloaded this application we have included removal instructions below.

This misleading application must be manually downloaded and installed. The program reports false or exaggerated system security threats on the computer.

Systems Affected: Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP

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The user is then prompted to pay for a full license of the application in order to remove the threats.

Removal instructions below:
http://www.symantec.com/norton/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2009-021807-5337-99&tabid=3

6 Responses to “Beware of this Misleading Application”

  1. Deborah

    Feb 23rd, 2009

    This type of rogue software, marketed under hundreds of different names, scares users by giving false spyware alarms and then tries to deceive them into paying for removal of non-existent malware.

    Follow Frank’s link to safe removal instructions. I have noticed that even sites that offer removal instructions are rogue! For example, http://www.mywot.com/scorecard/spywareremove.com. It seems every direction we turn, someone is trying to scam us. Up-to-date virus protection and WOT browser protection is the answer.

    Safe surfing,
    Deborah
    Web of Trust

    • Frank J

      Feb 23rd, 2009

      In the last 2 months more and more of these are popping up.

  2. TuxFriend

    Mar 25th, 2009

    Dont forget AVG as a good one. I run it (paid version btw) on my sole windows box and it fails me less frequently than symantec did.

    Of course I will also be that troll who says install linux (Ubuntu for newbies, my sister installed it drunk on tequila and even sober its a great learning experience). No viruses and as Frank pointed out…

    Systems Affected: Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP

    man I love that tequila story…Go kiddo!

    • Frank J

      Mar 25th, 2009

      AVG is a trusted source. Thank you!

  3. Gator

    Mar 26th, 2009

    Nothing beats a partitioned hard drive.Split them in half at least you can get your documents back.Reinstall XP and your good to go.(copy and paste)

    • Frank J

      Mar 26th, 2009

      Not when your system registry, updates and boot is compromised.