Malicious software as we know it has taken a new turn, in that they are looking more genuine these days than ever before. They put up user interface and impressions that look so convincing that user would think the instructions gotten are genuine and should be followed as soon as possible. An example is the Windows Virtual Firewall. Just like every other malicious software, the windows virtual firewall leverages on the security vulnerabilities of your browser to get into your computer. Once it gets into your computer, the software installs itself and puts up an interface that pretends to be scanning for malicious software. At the end of the scan, the malicious software shows security vulnerabilities in the computer and also persuade the user into buying a software to reduce the risk. Any attempt to purchase the software recommended by the Windows Virtual Firewall software would only give hackers and cyber criminals access to your private information like your Credit Card number.
How does your computer get infected with windows virtual firewall?
- A recommendation to download the software may be posted on fake antispyware websites: Not every website on the internet can be trusted, some websites are used for deceiving the user into downloading malicious software and also stealing private information.
- The windows virtual firewall malicious software may come along with a cracked software or any software downloaded from an unverified site as a Trojan. Trojans are software that appears legitimate but are harmful to the security of your computer.
- Through pop-up adverts that automatically redirect you to a website and download a software regardless of whatever you click on, even if you click the “close” button.
- Through the security vulnerabilities of your browser, the malicious software can get into your computer through the loopholes in the browser security.
How do you know if your computer is infected?
It is easy to know when your system is infected with the Windows Virtual Firewall malware, simply watch out for this symptoms:
- A window opens constantly to warn you about the security vulnerabilities of your computer and the solution is to pay for an Upgrade of the Software or To purchase another software to handle the malware found.
- The malware would hijack your browser and change the settings, restricting you to a particular homepage, search engine and also restricting the websites you can visit.
- The software would also make an attempt to change the look of your computer’s desktop screen.
How do you prevent your computer from being infected?
Security structures can never be over emphasized when it comes to protecting your devices from the internet. Building a strong structure is very important. The following actions should be put in place to prevent your computer from being infected with Windows Virtual Firewall and other malicious software:
- Get an antimalware and antivirus that would monitor your computer all day. I usually recommend the Norton 360 package, this software comes with a full internet security structure, an antivirus, and an antimalware. The software package would scan your websites, links and attachments in emails and notify you if it is safe to interact with them. This is necessary because, as said earlier malicious software are looking more genuine.
- Do not download files and software from untrusted sources.
- Download only trusted antimalware, antispyware and antivirus software only. Especially those with good reviews do not convince by the pop-up ads that show on your windows screen
How do you handle a Windows Virtual Firewall infection??
The good news is that the Windows Virtual Firewall can be completely eliminated from your computer. To do so, simply follow these steps:
- Use the Norton antivirus recommended above to scan your computer for a virus, malware, and spyware. Once the scan is completed, the Windows Virtual Firewall file would most likely be found in the result of security threats. Proceed by instructing the antivirus to delete the threats completely from the computer.
- The second method of removing the Windows Virtual Firewall malware from your computer is by doing so manually. To delete the malware manually follow these steps:
Step 1: Delete the root file by:
- Press CTRL-ALT-DEL together
- Open Task Manager
iii. Click on “More Details”
- Scroll down the processes till you find these “Protector-[RANDOM CHARACTERS]” process
- Right click and open file location
- Go back and delete the entire folder
The internet is a risky environment for the less security savvy individuals, protect yourself today by studying more on preventive methods of protecting your computer.