Malware Pretending to Detect False Disk Error Warnings

December 7th, 2010

Our help desk has identified a recent change in strategy regarding malware infections on our client's computers.  I would like to take a few minutes and inform you of this change to better protect your computer from potential infection.  The current generation of "Malware", "Scareware", "Scamware" or "Rogueware" has shifted its aim from false virus infection warnings to false disk error warnings.   Initially the false messages portrayed "System Defragmenter", then "Scan Disk" and now "Check Disk".

Some symptoms of this new false disk error malware infection are random applications shutting down, and error messages pertaining to the hard drive when opening applications like Microsoft Word.

This malware preys upon your fears of the loss of personal data by the threat of a hard drive failure.  If you do become infected with this malware it can be removed with tools like Malwarebytes or ComboFix.  Of course, you can always call our help desk and we will be more than happy to assist you in removing this malware infection.