Internet Security Essentials
Internet Security Essentials, also InternetSecurityEssentials, is rogue security software pretending to protect the computer against malware and viruses. It is one of several clones belonging to the "FakeVimes" family of fake antivirus malware.
Smilarly named software
The malware is not to be confused with several legitimate security programs with similar names, specifically:
- Webroot's "Webroot Internet Security Essentials"
- Comodo's "Internet Security Essentials"
- Microsoft Security Essentials
As a fake antivirus program affecting Microsoft operating systems (Windows 9x, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8) it installs itself through the use of a trojan horse. Once downloaded and operating, it claims to find various viruses and malware on the computer that pose imminent danger scaring the user through pop-ups to buy its protection (scareware), while in reality the program itself is the malware.
The program disrupts normal operations and should be removed immediately. To remove it, follow the instructions at Microsoft's Win32/FakeVimes page under the "What to do now" tab.
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