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Manually Defeating Win 7 2012 “Scareware”

Posted by William Diaz on January 17, 2012

Leave it to the kids to finally infect my Windows 7 home system. This wasn’t a big deal; this system has since been hijacked by them to serve their Internet gaming addiction, and I had since moved my workload to my laptop. Anyway, I look forward to getting the occasional malware infection, it gives me a chance to explorer different methods for removing them. In this case, I was hit by what is known as Win 7 Security 2012. This may also go by the name of XP Home Security 2012, Vista Security 2012, or Windows XP Internet Security 2012 (and then some). It is part of the Braviax suite, a (somewhat non-malicious) form of “scareware” that attempts to convince you that your system has several malware infections. At the time it hit me, there was no definition for it so it creped past the Microsoft Security Essentials.

Here are some screenshots of some of the windows it presents the infected user with (click to enlarge):

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