A recent CNN report found that nearly 90% of internet users have some form of spyware installed on their computers. Not surprisingly most people don't need a reminder as their computers are being constantly bombarded with pop up messages declaring - Warning spyware detected on your computer. But what exactly do these messages mean? Before you start clicking on them read further as you may be the victim of a clever trick that can destroy your computer and steal your identity.
So how can one know if the warning spyware detected message is a fake or not? Well these are the common features of a “false positive" warning spyware message:
1. Provides a link to a specific spyware remover. Legitimate Windows warnings do not provide links to download anti spyware software
2. Appears with colorful red and yellow caution and danger graphics. Beware any biohazard signs.
3. The message hijacks your browser or redirects you to any unauthorized webpage.
4. The warning spyware message appears on your taskbar.
These are just a few examples of the types of -Warning! Spyware detected on your computer! - false error messages you may come across. The most important thing is DO NOT click on any of the pop ups. Installation of these programs will potentially corrupt your hard drive, extort cash, and steal private information such as passwords and credit card numbers.
In order to properly remove this message you must determine what program is causing the trouble. I recommend educating yourself further about spyware detection and removal and purchasing a top spyware removal tool to eliminate and suppress future attacks.
Visit my Squidoo lens titled warning spyware detected on your computer for more information and a free scan to identity the malicious files. The lens also includes detailed graphics of the difference between real and fake spyware warnings. I have listed the most popular rogue anti spyware programs on the net that cause this error. Have a look to see if you have been infected by one of them!
Jim Marshall is an expert computer technician with fifteen years of experience in the industry. Since his own computer was destroyed by malicious software, he has been studying anti-spyware, adware, and malware systems for years.