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Testimonials

Dear Matt and Exterminate it,

Thank you so much. This seems to have fixed the problem. Wow. That virus was in there pretty deep. A*G didn't even identify it. S****t would just freeze up when I tried to run it. But the update from Exterminate It, removed it.

Again, thanks.

Kind Regards,
Rev. Mel C. Montgomery

Brother Mel

Fake.Shutdown

Aliases of Fake.Shutdown (AKA):

[F-Prot]->readme.htm
[Panda]Joke/Shutdown

How to Remove Fake.Shutdown from Your Computer^

You can effectively remove Fake.Shutdown from your computer with Exterminate It!.

After installing the program, run a scan to display a list of the files associated with Fake.Shutdown in the Scan Result screen and remove these files. For information about running scans and removing malware files, see the Exterminate It! Help.

Trojan

A trojan is a program that is disguised as legitimate software but is designed to carry out some harmful actions on the infected computer.

Unlike viruses and worms, trojans don’t replicate but they can be just as destructive.

These days trojans are very common. Trojans are divided into a number different categories based on their function or type of damage.

Be Aware of the Following Trojan Threats:

BeastDoor, SillyDl.CSU, Pigeon.AVQY, SpySheriff, Bancos.GLF.

How Did My PC Get Infected with Fake.Shutdown?^

The following are the most likely reasons why your computer got infected with Fake.Shutdown:

  • Your operating system and Web browser's security settings are too lax.
  • You are not following safe Internet surfing and PC practices.

Downloading and Installing Freeware or Shareware

Small-charge or free software applications may come bundled with spyware, adware, or programs like Fake.Shutdown. Sometimes adware is attached to free software to enable the developers to cover the overhead involved in created the software. Spyware frequently piggybacks on free software into your computer to damage it and steal valuable private information.

Using Peer-to-Peer Software

The use of peer-to-peer (P2P) programs or other applications using a shared network exposes your system to the risk of unwittingly downloading infected files, including malicious programs like Fake.Shutdown.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

When you visit sites with dubious or objectionable content, trojans-including Fake.Shutdown, spyware and adware, may well be automatically downloaded and installed onto your computer.

Detecting Fake.Shutdown^

The following symptoms signal that your computer is very likely to be infected with Fake.Shutdown:

PC is working very slowly

Fake.Shutdown can seriously slow down your computer. If your PC takes a lot longer than normal to restart or your Internet connection is extremely slow, your computer may well be infected with Fake.Shutdown.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

Fake.Shutdown can tamper with your Internet settings or redirect your default home page to unwanted web sites. Fake.Shutdown may even add new shortcuts to your PC desktop.

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

Fake.Shutdown may swamp your computer with pestering popup ads, even when you're not connected to the Internet, while secretly tracking your browsing habits and gathering your personal information.

E-mails that you didn't write are being sent from your mailbox

Fake.Shutdown may gain complete control of your mailbox to generate and send e-mail with virus attachments, e-mail hoaxes, spam and other types of unsolicited e-mail to other people.