Tips to Identify Fake Antivirus

“Antivirus here and there, which one to trust…” Okay that might be a bad phrase, but you get the point right. Fake antivirus software are in line with some of the major threats prevalent on the Internet today.  Many people have ended up paying money for such software which are either malicious or just keep lying on their computer hogging space and doing nothing. Cutting the long story short, we are giving you tips to identity fake antivirus software which have become more deceitful with time.

 How Do Fake Antivirus Get on People’s Computers?

Most of the time, fraudulent or malicious websites serve users with popups claiming that their computer is infected. And to remove the infection, they must download a free copy of Antivirus available on the website itself. In other words, scammers use scare tactics to trick uninformed users into downloading such fake software.

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How to Identify Fake Antivirus Software

Exaggerated Notifications
Fake antivirus have a knack of exaggerating things. They will inform you about threats that do not exist on your computer. They will always draw a sense of urgency and panic.

Pay Per Clean
Fake antivirus are solely created to siphon money from their victims. A fake antivirus will project as if it is scanning your PC for infections, and after scanning it will demand money to clean the system. A genuine antivirus, even if it’s a free trial copy, will detect an infection, clean it and give you a report of the same.

Every Scan Detects Infections
Fake antivirus have this mysterious, supernatural technology that helps them detect at least a dozen infections with every scan. Even if two harmless notepads on your system are scanned by a fake antvirus, odds are, you will get an infection alert.

Bucket Full of Alerts and Notifications
An essential feature of modern antivirus software is their less intrusive nature. Most legitimate, trusted, and advanced security software try not to bother the user unless it is a matter of great urgency. Quick Heal, for instance, has a feature called Silent Mode. Once it is activated, you will not receive any kind of notifications on your computer. And this, does not affect your PC’s overall security. It just means that the antivirus is doing its job without creating a scene. Fake antivirus, on the other hand, are like hypersensitive alert systems that go off even with the touch of a feather.  Such software will keep pushing fake, annoying popups and notifications.

Google is not Speaking Good About it
If Googling your antivirus gives back badmouthed user reviews and comments, and no legitimate website or source, then that speaks volumes about the antivirus you are going to install or you already have. Trusted and known antivirus software are placed pretty well in Google search results. They may be having negative user comments, but which service or product does not. The important thing is, they are real and do what they should do – protect users from malware and viruses.

So, that would be all for a quick lowdown on some useful tips you can use to spot fake antivirus. If you have Quick Heal on your system, then you need not worry about this. However, you can always share these tips with your friends and acquaintances. Stay safe!

Rajiv Singha

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Pratiksha
Pratiksha
6 years ago

Nice Article !!! Thanks Rajib!

Ankit
Ankit
6 years ago

But it can also be possible that the computer is infected and the antivirus shows real notifications. On top of that googling it would not show legit results simply because it is prepared by an engineering graduate from IIT. Nice Article though

AsaanTaxFiling.com
AsaanTaxFiling.com
6 years ago

Good Information !!! Thanks Rajib!

Prosenjeet Dasgupta
Prosenjeet Dasgupta
6 years ago

Thanks, that was informative

SPS Bindra
SPS Bindra
6 years ago

Dear sir,

It is a good piece of information/advice that can help surfers to detect a fake antivirus software and save them from problems.

Thanks.

SPS Bindra

Subhankar Ray
Subhankar Ray
6 years ago

Thank you

Nitten
Nitten
6 years ago

Nice Article !!!

Rajesh Modi
Rajesh Modi
6 years ago

Honest advise,I appriciate your immotion for us.

Credence International
Credence International
6 years ago

Thanks for spreading awareness. These days, users are so busy that they press the panic button & end up paying for fake antivirus.
We are using Quickheal & its a no nonsense antivirus doing its task for which it was programmed.

Ronny Francis
Ronny Francis
6 years ago

Very useful and important tips for frequent online peoples. Thanks for the tips.

bhaskar
bhaskar
6 years ago

good information

mohan singh rathore
mohan singh rathore
6 years ago

thanks, good and helpful information for net user

sunil acharya
sunil acharya
6 years ago

thanks rajib..

shantha
shantha
6 years ago

Antivirus files are reported and the investigation process are on .virus files are virus. there are no antivirus files. The broadband connection to the computer lets in virus files. this has to be reported.

joydeep
joydeep
6 years ago

thanks for your information

Afroz
Afroz
6 years ago

V. Good

Manish Negi
Manish Negi
6 years ago

I am very happy because this site is very fantastic for information…
How to safe your PC`s??

Thanks, Good & helpful information for anyone who`s use to net…..

saikat roy
saikat roy
6 years ago

thanks

cddiq
cddiq
6 years ago

I am a “QUICK HEALER” for long time,so never wander for any other fishy AVs…

P.Sarkar
P.Sarkar
6 years ago

Good topic & well explained. thx, eager to know about different unwanted ads & how to prevent / block those. see u all

mukesh solanki
mukesh solanki
6 years ago

Hi Rajib, I get a popup saying that I hav suspicious files in quarantine folder, & they ask me to giv my email id , so that it can be sent to ur laboratory for analysis. wat shud I do? .pl. advice.regards. mukesh.

Rahul Thadani
6 years ago
Reply to  mukesh solanki

Hi Mukesh,

We request you to call up our support center on 0-927-22-33-000. They will help you resolve this issue and get to the bottom of the suspicious files.

Thanks and regards.

prabhakar machiwal
prabhakar machiwal
6 years ago

it is very useful tips for those people who try such practice.using fake antivirus is very dangerous and harmful for personal security as well as data.

Mayank kumar
Mayank kumar
6 years ago

Recently I got quick heal on my samsung s4. While browsing I got an alert regarding some virus and I was asked to press ok to remove it. After doing this I was directed to some 360 Degree antivirus available at play store.i finally installed this and it removed the virus. What should I have done? Should I ignore such alerts? Please advise.

Rahul Thadani
6 years ago
Reply to  Mayank kumar

Hi Mayank,

Firstly, if you have Quick Heal on your S4, you need not pay attention to other such alerts and popups. Secondly, even if you do not have Quick Heal on your phone, you should never trust such messages and popups and ads that come up. This is a very common trick used by fake antivirus apps to deceive people.

Regards.

Sanjay Shingala
Sanjay Shingala
6 years ago

Thanks a lot

saravanan r
saravanan r
6 years ago

thz,
good and helpful information….

H.V.MITTAL
H.V.MITTAL
6 years ago

nice article. insight to not to let yourself be fooled by pop ups ctc.

GIRESH.K
GIRESH.K
6 years ago

I am very happy because this site is very fantastic for information…
How to safe your PC`s?.Highly valuable information to all net users.Thank you.

Ajay Tyagi
Ajay Tyagi
6 years ago

Dear friend,

Thanks for the useful and informative message. Can you please advise me as to how to get rid of advertisement which pop up while you browse the net. If we cancel the message the advertisement site gets open. please tell us how to get rid rid of such pop ups.

Thanks and regards.

Ajay Tyagi

Rahul Thadani
6 years ago
Reply to  Ajay Tyagi

Hi Ajay, Popup ads do not always indicate the presence of spyware on your system. Moreover, Quick Heal will protect your computer from such malicious programs. The popup ads that you are referring to, mainly occur because of an adware (software that displays additional advertisements in your browser), that might have got installed on your system without your knowledge. These software usually come with other free software that you install. So, before installing any such software, see if you are getting any additional programs with it; for example, a toolbar, or a search box, a music player, etc. It is… Read more »

DIVARAN
DIVARAN
6 years ago

it is good protection in my computer because of (QUICK HEAL FULL HEALTH PROTECTION)

Ashraf
Ashraf
6 years ago

Good Info.

PRASHANT
PRASHANT
6 years ago

thanks, its realy good. I fill it too before using quick heal…..
prashant

AaKash Rohilla
AaKash Rohilla
6 years ago

Thanks for this great information!!

BHANDARI
BHANDARI
6 years ago

Good Efforts to save from fake people.

Gopinath R A
Gopinath R A
6 years ago

The article is very good, informative and protects us from being fooled by tricksters
Regards
Gopinath

Chinmay Hajra
Chinmay Hajra
6 years ago

Very Nice…..
Thakns…

Parth Mehta
Parth Mehta
6 years ago

Thank you so much Brother!

Very useful information.

vishal
vishal
6 years ago

thanks but i have a problem with my laptop after installing quick heal antivirus.

The problem is my laptop is getting hang while function in such a way that i am forced to press power button in order to restart laptop.

kindly resolve.

Rahul Thadani
6 years ago
Reply to  vishal

Hi Vishal,

It is not known whether this issue is being caused by the Quick Heal that is installed on your laptop, or some other reason. We request you to kindly call our support center on 0-927-22-33-000. Or visit this link to submit a ticket – https://www.quickheal.com/submitticket.asp. They will help you resolve this issue immediately.

Thanks.

hari
hari
6 years ago

good info;

hari
hari
6 years ago

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dipak vaghasiya
dipak vaghasiya
6 years ago

thank you for use full info

FARHAD
FARHAD
6 years ago

Thank You For This Information.Its Great

FARHAD
FARHAD
6 years ago

Thank You

Bhupendra
Bhupendra
6 years ago

Thanks for this great information!!

PRITAM KUMAR SAMAL
PRITAM KUMAR SAMAL
6 years ago

HELPFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Baijnath
Baijnath
6 years ago

Thankssssssssssss

BIKASH
BIKASH
6 years ago

Thanks for the information, Its simple to choose the FAKE antivirus, So again thanks

harshal
harshal
6 years ago

keep updating such information for better security…..thanks

SANJEEVE
SANJEEVE
5 years ago

Dear Mr Rajib Singha,
I am using Quick Heal for last 3 years. Each year I am noticing something strange with Quick Heal. Kindly answer in detail.

–In every new installation and use of Quick Heal for some months, it asks for upgrade or shows notification as License expired. Then it automatically starts to download Quick Heal with two bar and installs by removing existing Quick Heal. After installation it asks for fresh update downloads. Why this happens?

Thank you very much.
Sanjeeve. Odisha.

Rahul Thadani
5 years ago
Reply to  SANJEEVE

Hi Sanjeeve,

Thanks for writing in. Our support team can help you with this:

1. Kindly submit your query at https://bit.ly/Askus
2. You can also contact them at 0-927-22-33-000
3. Alternatively, you can chat with our engineers by visiting https://bit.ly/QHSupport

Regards.

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