AV P driver update scan. Scan or scam

Discussion in 'PC Technical Talk' started by E. J. Jewell, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. E. J. Jewell

    E. J. Jewell Guest

    My wife has AVP free on her computer as her anti virus protection.

    Yesterday a pop up appeared on her computer declaring itself to be AVP
    Update and offering to scan her computer for any out of date drivers.
    Assuming that this is a legitimate part of AVP it seemed like a good
    idea so I told to go ahead. It downloaded some scanning software and
    invited her to install it which she did. She ran it. It did not find
    any out of date drivers but reported 28 "problems" on her computer which
    it offered to fix. I was beginning to get suspicious but let her try
    it. Immediately it asked for a payment of £20. At this point I smelt a
    rat and advised her to close all the windows it had created.

    Has anyone else seen this? Is it a legitimate part of AVP or a scam
    masquerading as AVP?
    E. J. Jewell, Aug 17, 2012
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  2. E. J. Jewell

    Graham J Guest

    It's a scam.

    It will have installed malware which will now make the PC unuseable.

    Install Malwarewbytes from http://www.malwarebytes.org/ and let it
    update itself and run a full scan. You ought to repeat the scan for
    every user account on the PC.
    Graham J, Aug 17, 2012
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