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New computer virus posing as anti-virus program

A new computer virus is infecting millions of computers worldwide and it is doing it by posing as anti-virus software. It is called Personal Antivirus. The fake anti-virus software looks similar to Symantec or other anti-virus software. A warning page pops up saying your computer contains viruses. It pushes you to fix it by installing malware that instead infects your computer with viruses. "Typically, you get a lot of pop-ups and things of that nature, and if they ask you to pay a fee to remove the viruses, that's a big, big warning sign, beware if you have to pay a fee to remove viruses," saidcomputer expert Manny “Papageek” Lloyd. Lloyd suggests not opening e-mail attachments from people you do not know and run anti-virus software like AVG or Malware Bytes regularly. Legitimate anti-virus software will let you know when your subscription is about to expire but will not prompt you to sign up.

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I don't believe it's new.

I don't believe it's new. I've seen this before, as back as 2004 numerous times. It prompts you that it's detected viruses and ask you to fix em. luckily, if you have an antivirus or pop up, it wont allow the program to run. it'll also sometimes freeze your computer

a cleaner

Malwarebytes works well with getting rid of these nasty programs. Never give these fakes your credit card. You may even have to boot in safe mode to clean it out.