Signs of Infection
Security Master AV is a virus that displays fraudulent antivirus warnings, also known as scareware. It has a graphical user interface with the look and feel of a real antivirus program.
Below is another fake popup that tells the user that it detected spyware or a virus threat:
The malware also mimics an invalid website security certificate message when a user tries to visit websites by displaying the following message.
There is a problem with this website's security. Possible spyware threat detected
As a result of insecure Internet browsing your PC may easily get infected with viruses, trojans or spyware that will lead to system slowdown, freezes and even crashes. Spyware can install itself in silent way and commit identity theft.
In order to get real-time protection against particular threats, you should install reliable up-to-date Antivirus and Antispyware suites.
It is strongly recommended to protect your PC now and continue secure Internet browsing.
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Here's the actual screenshot:
It hijacks up to 775 applications and prevents them from running. This list of affected applications includes taskmgr.exe (Task Manager), zonealarm.exe and symtray.exe (Norton Tray Manager). Not only does it prevent some legitimate applications from running, but it also prevents its competitors from gaining control of the computer. This nasty rogue program blocks fellow malware packages, AntispywarXP2009.exe, SaveDefense.exe and TrustWarrior.exe.