Among a large range of rogue security applications available today, Antispyware Soft stands out as one of the most notorious. This is a rogue spyware program that is related to the well known fake security software applications Antivirus Soft and Antivirus Live.The program tries to trick users into purchasing its license. It enters a user’s computer via Trojans or other malicious software that downloads and installs Antispyware Soft through security vulnerabilities found on the system.
Once installed, this rogue software loads at system start thanks to some fake registry values entered by the Trojans. Then it will endlessly perform fake system scans and return results that show that the computer is under threat from a large number of malicious applications. Antispyware Soft also contains a very authentic-looking Graphical User Interface which is similar to those of some well-known legitimate anti-malware applications. Some of the fake alerts delivered by this rogue client may be in the form of Windows Security Alerts which ask the user to scan the computer using Antispyware Soft. Other fake alerts warn of cyber attacks being perpetrated remotely. These fake alerts are designed in a professional and legitimate-looking manner to completely trick the user into believing them.
This rogue software then proceeds to insist that the user should buy a license to the ‘full’ version of this client, claiming that the currently installed ‘trial’ version is inadequate to clean the system of the falsely generated ‘threats’. Whenever the program is run, it will enforce this request through its GUI and through various pop-ups. However, the so-called ‘full’ version has no capability whatsoever to scan or clean your computer, and you should never fall for this trick and buy the software. If you do by some mistake pay for the software license, you should immediately contact your credit card vendor and annul the payment before the transaction is completed.
It is always important to protect yourself from malicious programs such as Antispyware Soft. The best way to do this is to have an updated antivirus application installed on your system at all times, in addition to a reputed anti-spyware application.