Win PC Antivirus: A No-Win Situation for Your System

By: Ms Mindy Matter

Rogue antivirus programs love pop-ups. They are the perfect tool for this type of software. Why? Because when they pop up in front of us, we have to look at them. We may not want to, but we have to for at least as long as it takes us to close them. And that’s the other part of why rogue antivirus programs like Win PC Antivirus like them – people will be in a hurry to resume their compute activities so they click without really seeing what the ad is. In this way, we look but don’t really see. This is ideal for Win PC Antivirus, but not so good for the computer users.

What is Win PC Antivirus?

Doesn’t everyone need an antivirus program? So why shouldn’t I click on or buy Win PC Antivirus? It is true that everyone needs a reputable antivirus program, but no one needs a rogue version. Win PC Antivirus cannot protect your computer. It creates the impression in people that their computers are infected and conveniently offers a solution. To do this, Win PC Antivirus launches into a false scan each time you start your computer and will display a list of malware it has found. The problem here is that as an ad, Win PC Antivirus cannot really scan your computer. The malware files it claims to find are legitimate files or files created by Win PC Antivirus to create the appearance of infection. In reality, these “malware files” will not harm your computer in any way. Purchasing Win PC Antivirus will not resolve any problems– the only issue you are likely facing is Win PC Antivirus itself in your system.

Win PC Antivirus is also seen as WinPCAntivirus or Win PCAntiviurs. It is a replica of the rogue program WinPC Defender, WinPCDefender, or Win PCDefender.

Is Win PC Antivirus in My System?

If this program has been installed in your system, you are likely to notice many changes in appearance and performance. The one that will get your attention most quickly is the pop-up ads. This defining characteristic of rogue antivirus programs can actually help us determine the presence of Win PC Antivirus so we can take steps to remove it. These warnings appear in a variety of places. You may notice flashing icons in your system try or new desktop shortcuts. If you click on these, it will direct you to a Win PC Antivirus site, which advices you to remove malware (all false, remember) with its full program. A typical pop-up warning reads:

Warning: Your PC may be at risk. Activate the software to protect it. Get full time protection now.

It is probable that you do have protection. This wording is meant to persuade you that you do not and need to get Win PC Antivirus now. Win PC Antivirus also generates ads that appear to be firewall warnings. It has the following message:

Hidden file transfer to remote host was detected
WinPC Anrivirus has detected that somebody is trying to transfer your private data via Internet. We strongly recommend you to block the attack immediately.
Details of the attack
Remote host transfer IP:
Remote user computer name: FORENSICS
User E-mail:
Blocking is recommended
Block Attack Allow

Note the shear amount of information – all of it false. But it does give the appearance of credibility. Also notice the two options you are given. Block attack or allow attack. This also creates the impression that if you do not buy Win PC Antivirus, an attack will take place. Always keep in mind that there is no attack – this is an ad.

You may also experience changes in your browser settings. Win PC Antivirus can hijack your homepage, diverting you instead to one of its own sites. Here, you will be urged to buy the full program. Another common issue is slow performance. Win PC Antivirus takes up a lot of run and runs constantly in the background. This leaves fewer resources for your legitimate programs, making everything take longer. Together, these are clear indications of a rogue antivirus program. Always look at the name on the warning messages and alerts so you can take action to remove the rogue program.

How Did Win PC Antivirus Become Installed?

It is likely that Win PC Antivirus came in through a trojan. The name comes from the legendary Trojan Horse that the Greeks used to invade Troy. Much like the myth, trojans are used to carry in unexpected guests. Once inside, they can deposit various forms of malware, including Win PC Antivirus. You may attract Trojans by visiting websites with adult, pirated, and gaming content or through file sharing programs, freeware, shareware, or spam emails. For instance, Zlob is a trojan which disguises itself as a video codec. You need video codecs to compress media in order to send or store and ones to decompress the media to play. Zlob can enter when you download an infected free video. This is one way that the “trial version” of Win PC Antivirus may gain access to your computer.

Another way that Win PC Antivirus becomes installed is by the owner. When confronted with the need for protection and the warnings presented, many people understandably opt to purchase this program in an effort to safeguard their system and information. The paid or full version of Win PC Antivirus is no different from the trial version and will not resolve any of the issues you are experiencing.

Whether you have the trial or full version of Win PC Antivirus, it is important to recognize it as a rogue program and take steps to remove it completely from your system.

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