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Options/Alternatives to Windows Security Center

Hi guys,

Here is my situation: when I got the new Mozilla Firefox 4, I was notified of having viruses, malware,and etc (18 of them) on my computer by the Windows Security Center. When I run a full computer scan with the free AVG Anti-Virus software, it did not detect anything. The Security Center keeps prompting me to buy the software to help me remove the threats. This is an expensive option for me, do I have any other options?

Thanks in advance for your time and help.

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Sounds Like "Scareware/Rogue"............


Windows Security Center should NOT be prompting you to buy any software. What you described, is typical behavior of a rogue anti-spyware program. The warnings are FAKE. The below removal guide may not be the exact rogue you have installed, but the instructions for its removal should help. All the tools are FREE.

Scroll down to where you see "Automated Removal Instructions for Security Center using Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware:" and follow ALL the instructions. Do NOT click on any ads.

Remove Security Center (Uninstall Guide)

If you run into any problems along the way, please post back and ask.

Best of luck..

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An Added Note..


You wrote, "I was notified of having viruses, malware,and etc (18 of them) on my computer by the Windows Security Center"

If you look at the screenshot within the removal guide I included in my prior post, it states (in red): "Review harmful or potentially unwanted items: 18 total". I have no doubt, this isn't the only rogue, which reports a total of 18. My point being, it's NOT Windows Security Center which is alerting you.

More importantly it also states, "As none of the infection files actually exist on your computer, please disregard these scan results and do not purchase the program."

It might help to read, "Information on Rogue Programs & Scareware "


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