I ran into a interesting virus today at work. It was another one of those “buy this to get rid of this” type programs which are pretty common but this was one I hadn’t seen before. It was particularly nasty to get rid of so I thought I would make a short post in case any one else has this issue
A client of mine called me in a panic yesterday because a laptop he uses for work got infected with the Personal Security virus. Personal Security is a nasty virus, also sometimes called antispyware or malware, that takes over your computer and attempts to get you to purchase the software. The virus actually makes the end user think that it is legit software and they are only doing you a favor by protecting your computer however this is not the case. Below I describe things that the virus will do to blend in to Windows as well as a method I have discovered as one of the easier ways to remove it.