The internet can be a dangerous place. Cybercrimes are making up more and more of the total number of committed crimes. In this cyber age, criminals are finding new and aggressive ways to steal your personal information and identity. It is recommended to have legitimate registry repair software to help your system's performance. Yet, one of the quickest growing online frauds is scareware and fraudulent registry repair software.
Scareware & Fraudulent Registry Repair Software
Scareware is a malicious way for those on the internet to infect your PC. Scareware is designed to scare you about the health of your computer. It works by giving false information about your PC and is usually targeted to influence those with little experience with computers. There are a two common ways scareware is packaged on the internet.
1 - Pop-up windows. You might have a pop-up window appear telling you that your computer system has been infected with a virus, and if you click the link you can get software that will remove the virus. Don't click that link! The program that is being suggested to you is the virus! If you find yourself in this situation, close the browsing window or force close the entire browser, because even clicking the close button can cause the malware to download.
2 - The free scan. You might come across an advertisement that is offering a free scan to check the health of your computer. If you click on the ad, it will go to pre-generated scan results screen claiming your system is infected with a large number of errors, usually over a thousand. The ad will then recommend a registry optimizer software to clean your infected registry, which will usually turn out to be a virus or malware.
Very nefarious registry reviver scams include tricking people into downloading a trial software that scans your system's registry and claims to find a large number of errors. The software then claims to fix the errors you need to download the full registry repair software. You then purchase the program, which is nothing more than a shell for stealing your personal information and downloading malware and viruses onto your computer.
How to Avoid Registry Repair & Scareware Scams
The registry of your Windows system is one of the most sensitive areas of your computer. When you download software for registry optimization, you are giving up access to your system to the software's manufacturer. It is very important to only buy registry repair software from reputable companies. You should thoroughly check online reviews and Google the name of the software and company to see if Microsoft has flagged them as malware or PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs).
You should also use common sense. Like any other product, if the claims being made are too good to be true, then they probably aren't real. Don't download anything on your computer if you question its origins. Also, keep these other helpful internet safety hints in mind.
Helpful Hints for Internet Safety
1 Be aware of where you are on the internet. Those who want to infect your computer usually target the shady side of the internet illegal movie and pornographic sites are their prime hunting grounds. The best offense against picking up viruses is a good defense: stop visiting sketchy internet sites!
2 Always question when you're asked to give personal information on the internet. Whenever you are asked to provide personal information on the internet stop and question!
Who is asking for your information? How are they asking for your information? Are you being promised something in return that seems too good to be true for giving your information? Are you responding to an unsolicited email? Does the site look professional? Do you give this type of information when you're making a purchase at a grocery store? Are you being pressured into giving the information?
If you ask yourself these questions and don t feel good about any of the answers: don't do it!
3 Beware of personal information you publish on social media. Once a piece of information is on the internet, it doesn't go away. The best way of helping to prevent sensitive information about yourself from falling into the wrong hands is to prevent it from ever being uploaded to any social media site to begin with. Whether this is account numbers, passwords or embarrassing personal facts about yourself, if you wouldn't feel comfortable yelling the information you're placing on your Facebook page to a friend across a crowded room, then it is better left unsaid and un-posted.
The internet is a wonderful place and tool, but it is important for you to be aware of the dangers that can affect your computer online. Avoid registry repair fraud by being smart and only downloading reputable registry reviver programs.
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