What Rogue Software is and How it Works

How Do You Identify Rogue Spyware?

Rogue spyware programs are questionable programs that NEVER protect your PC from spyware.? These programs create pop-up warnings alerting you of false-positive reports designed to scare you into purchasing protection software.

Generally, the following tactics are used on unsuspecting users.

False positive alerts – Users are warned that their computers are massively infected even though this is not true.

Similar looks – Rogue anti-spyware look like well-established and legitimate anti-spyware programs.

Pressure marketing – Users find themselves caught in a barrage of highly aggressive marketing campaigns urging them to purchase protection.

Poor scanning and reporting – When running a scan, rogue anti-spyware programs list results. However, these results are not specific and quite general in nature. You may also see that the program skips over files and folders to be scanned, when in fact, these files and folders should be scanned.

How Do You Know When You?re Infected?

Slowdown – Your computer slows down dramatically. Rebooting your PC takes longer than usual. Your internet connection is slower than usual.

New Desktop Shortcuts – Braviax.exe can change your desktop settings. You may be surprised to see shortcuts that you did not create.

New Homepage – Instead of getting your homepage, you may find yourself redirected to another site. This is another symptom of infection.

Pop-ups – You may find yourself bombarded with pop-ups. These pop-ups can show up whether you are online or offline. Clicking on these pop-up can lead to more spyware downloads.

How Do You Get Infected?

Knowing how you are infected with braviax.exe can prevent re-infection or infection with a different type of malware. Most likely you were infected if you used:

Freeware or shareware – Have you recently downloaded or used freeware or shareware? Freeware and shareware can often contain a virus, Trojan, adware or spyware.? Many have said that malware and adware are included in various freeware or shareware to help cover developers? costs. More often than not, malware is inserted into freeware and shareware products to steal users? financial and personal information.

Peer-to-Peer Software – Have you recently used Peer to peer (P2P) software? If you used one recently, this may be how you acquired braviax.exe.

Questionable websites – Some websites are created to phish for users? information. Clicking on ads or banners may lead to a virus, Trojan, adware or other malware being downloaded to your PC.

Email – You may also get braviax.exe from an email attachment. They may even be downloaded into your computer by simply opening an email.

Open Ports – Programs like Yahoo Messenger and AOL Messenger have file sharing capabilities. If you share files this way, you are putting your computer at risk.