What Is a Trojan Horse Fakealert?

by Cameron Easey

The Trojan horse FakeAlert acts as a rogue spyware program. Once a computer is infected with the Trojan, a user will see various advertisements for anti-spyware programs, fake Windows alerts, a new user desktop image and icons for porn sites on the desktop. The Trojan can also affect system performance and cause browser redirects to a website to download more anti-spyware programs.

Purpose

The purpose of the Trojan horse FakeAlert is to scare a user into purchasing unnecessary anti-spyware programs. The Trojan does this by displaying a fake system scan that lists infections that have been found. The object is to trick the user into purchasing an anti-spyware product to remove the listed infections.

Symptoms

Symptoms of a Trojan horse FakeAlert infection include new icons appearing on the desktop for porn sites as well as a new windows background with a warning message about spyware that has been detected. Additional symptoms include pop-up alert messages, advertisements and browser redirects.

Infections

The Trojan horse FakeAlert can infect a system by surreptitiously downloading and installing an infected file. The most common way to get this infection is by visiting an infected or compromised website that will then download the Trojan to the user's system. A user can also click on a link that is provided in a spam email that opens an infected page in the user's browser.

Removal

The Trojan horse FakeAlert can be removed by using an anti-virus product such as McAfee or an anti-spyware product such as Malwarebytes Anit-Malware (see Resources). Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will scan your system to find and then remove any malware threats such as the FakeAlert Trojan horse.

Prevention

Preventing a Trojan horse infection such as FakeAlert can be accomplished by using an anti-spyware program that blocks sites that contain malicious code. One such product is called SpywareBlaster (see Resources). Another way to prevent an infection is to use a real-time anti-virus scanning program such as Windows Defender from Microsoft (see Resources). Windows Defender scans files in real-time and performs a scheduled system scan daily.

About the Author

Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.