Don't let your computer get Boo'd this Halloween!

Today my wife was searching on Google for the Boo poem, so she could "Boo" one of our neighbors for Halloween (the annual tradition where you leave an anonymous "Boo" note along with candy on your friend's or neighbor's doorstep).

One of the search results on the first google page was for a site offering a Halloween Boo Poem.

BE WARNED: the page shown above should NOT be visited. It contains a malware script that displays a screen indicating your system has been infected with several well-known malware infections and viruses, and asks you if you want to "Remove All" by clicking a button on the screen.

If you click the "Remove All" button you are giving the site permission to install it's malware program on your system, which will install the very viruses it was claiming to protect you from - and then of course will ask you for money to fix them!!

Fortunately my wife was smart enough to not click this button (good job Honey!), and called me over to ask what to do. I installed PC Tools right away - this was a brand new computer and I hadn't taken time to install it after we purchased the computer last week - and avoided the malicious attack that could have wreaked havoc on our computer.

What to do if your system has already been infected:

If you already fell for this scam (which is easy to do because they make the warning screen look very similar to a typical Windows security warning), you can fix it with PC Tools Internet Security by taking the following steps:

Can Malware or Spyware Do Any Real Harm?

Question: Can malware or spyware do any real harm to my computer, or is it all just a bunch of hype?

Answer: Yes, malware, spyware, and adware can wreak havoc on your computer - from capturing financial account information, using your computer to make expensive phone calls or send spam emails, keeping you from using your web browser due to obnoxious (and fake) security warning popups, and even placing hard core porn links on your desktop.

I used to naively think that malware was just a minor but harmless annoyance, or that spyware was limited to just reporting my online preferences much like a grocery card at Safeway. That was until my home computers became infected with MalwareAlarm and I was unable to use my web browsers altogether, due to the constant popups claiming I needed to send this company money to get rid of the security popups.

More recently I turned off my anti-spyware software for a couple of days to troubleshoot some performance issues, and my system was almost immediately infected with IEMonster and another nasty adware infection called zlob.PornAdvertiser (and not from visiting any questionable or adult-related websites either).

Paid for MalwareAlarm But Can't Find the Software On My Machine

Question: I have paid for the full version of Malware Alarm, but now I can't find the software on my PC. I paid $40 for it - can I use it or get my money back?

Answer: I'm sorry to be the one to break the bad news to you, but you've actually sent your money to the very malware program that you were trying to remove from your system. You're not alone either - this is an extremely manipulative and invasive infection that convinces a lot of people to send in their money in hopes of getting rid of MalwareAlarm, only to find that they've been swindled.

The good news is that you can effectively get rid of MalwareAlarm from your system using a couple programs that have proven to completely remove Malware Alarm. Read on to learn more about MalwareAlarm and the programs that will remove malware from your computer, and that will also prevent malware from infecting your system in the future.

MalwareAlarm is a program that falsely claims to be an anti-spyware application that will scan for and remove spyware from users' computers. It attempts to trick or pressure users into purchasing the program by presenting the user with intrusive, deceptive warnings and/or false, misleading scan results.

How to Remove MalwareAlarm 2.1

My home computer systems were both recently infected by the MalwareAlarm program, and I captured screen shots as it attacked my system - to show you the kind of grief this program can inflict, and also to demonstrate how to clean your system of malware, spyware, and adware.

By the time you finish reading this, you should be able to easily recognize when malware has attacked your system, and will know how to remove it and other threats from your computer.

Here's my story:

I do a lot of blogging and writing articles for this web site, and I was almost finished with one particular article after spending about an hour tweaking it to my liking. Little did I know at the time that I would soon lose all that work, and would find myself in a serious battle to regain control of my system.

I pressed the Submit button on my post, and all hell broke loose!

First I got a popup notification window in Internet Explorer (even though I have popups disabled), asking me if I wanted to download MalwareAlarm for free, to check if my system has been infected with Viruses, Adware or Spyware.