It must be some latest trend for malware to be foisted onto computer that says it fights spyware, but installs regardless of your consent. I clicked on a link to a forum and my computer brought up an Outlook 2000 add-on install. I “X”-ed out of it, then it brought me a cascade of pop-up errors that were looking for the following files in TEMP files on my computer (a sign that it has been compromised).
I then notice:
1) Software to remove spyware called MyCleanerPC is now referenced on my computer with pop-ups. Once again, I wasn’t given a choice to install it. It just appeared.
2) My computer starts running really slow. Internet Explorer takes a minute or two now to load pages, even ones cached that should load instantly.
3) I run one of the three trusted spyware removal programs I have on my computer (www.arovaxantispyware.com) which identifies MyCleanerPC as spyware. (Spybot Search & Destroy (www.safer-networking.org) is another. So is Ad-Aware (www.lavasoftusa.com)
4) I google the files added and find that they are associated with trojan horses, which also causes my Norton Anti-virus to catch something now.
What I did:
1) Updated and ran the spyware removal program, www.arovaxantispyware.com – it found and removed the program. I rebooted my computer and it worked.
2) I did a WHOIS search for mycleanerpc.com domain and found it was registered with domainsbyproxy.com. I have seen their work before. They obscure the name and address of those who register domains through them.
3) I came to the conclusion that MyCleanerPC is evil. I feel sorry for those who don’t understand or appreciate the risks of being on-line. This may inspire me to create some tech-related posts.