I was doing a Yahoo search for a Peter, Paul and Mary song "Cruel War" when I
was interupted with a message that appeared to come from Windows Internet
Explorer. I noted a spelling error and took a screenshot of it to save it for
a later enquiry with Microsoft. I clicked cancel and it did a brief,
unprompted scan and displayed a "scan result" list with inoperable option
buttons and an offer to download Antivirus 2009. I assumed I had to purchase
such programs but it said it was free. I became suspicious but hit SAVE
instead of RUN. It boxed me in and the X (Close) button only returned me to
the RUN or SAVE window. It froze IE so I couldn't reach my Task Manager. I
consulted with my son and he recognized the name "Antivirus 2009" as "rogue
software" or "malware". He hit ALT+F4 and released IE.
I now have Antivirus 2009 downloaded but not yet installed.
I now have a screenshot of the original "Windows Internet Explorer" message
that encludes a spelling error, peculiar syntax and the word "behaviour"
which makes me suspect it originates in Great Britain or Europe.
I thought there was a place to report such things to Microsoft, but where?
I understand there are several programs available that will remove Antivirus
2009 but I also understand there are legitimate programs going by that name.
This one uses the same Security Shield as Windows Firewall.
I'm going to keep my downloaded Antivirus 2009 as both a souvenir and as
One would think Microsoft would have a Crimestoppers Section - a place
easily reached to report such activity and get a clear cut explanation of the
Follow the music.
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