Viruses and Spyware
Current Security Issues
Warning: Fake-Alert (also calls itself XP Antivirus 2008 and Antivirus 360 as well as other names) is an extremely aggressive spyware infection. If you go to an infected web page, you will get a warning that your computer is filled with viruses and spyware and that you need to download it to protect yourself. If you make the mistake of installing it, it will come up with a bogus "scan" that shows your computer is horribly infected, and that you need to buy the software to clean it.
It is all a scam.
The XP Antivirus is putting spyware on your computer. You probably weren't even infected in the first place. In addition, it messes with your antivirus software and prevents you from updating Windows. For more details, see our web page.
If you get this notice, close your web browser immediately to prevent infection. There are cases where it places an icon on your desktop without even installing the software. It can be very hard to remove, even with standard spyware cleaners.
If you think you have XP Antivirus on your computer, see our cleaning instructions.
Basic Computer Security
In order to keep your computer running well, you have to be aware of security issues. The biggest problems are caused by viruses and spyware.
For more details on security concerns, see "About Viruses."