It is important not to confuse Pest Patrol with eTrust PestPatrol, which is a reputable anti-spyware program. What this article is about is a rogue anti-spyware program using the same name. There are many rogue anti-spyware programs on the Internet. They claim to protect your computer from spyware and malware, when in reality they don’t protect your computer at all. The purpose of programs like these is to get your money. They do this by running fake scans on your computer and showing fake warnings that your system is infected with spyware. Then they display pop-up ads prompting you to purchase the full version of the program to remove the supposed threat your computer faces. The threat is most likely non-existent. The only nuisance on your system is most likely rogue anti-spyware, in this case Pest Patrol.
If Pest Patrol is installed on your computer, one of the first things you will notice is what looks like a Windows notification balloon showing you that your computer has been attacked. The notification usually says something like “Pest Patrol Alert” at the top. It is followed by the text “Infiltration Warning” with a description of the parasite that should attack your computer. It almost always asks if you want Pest Patrol to block the attack. Clicking “Yes” will take you to the Pest Patrol home page where you will be prompted to purchase the full version of the program. Along with notifications like these you will also notice pop-up windows that look like virus or spyware scan windows. These windows have been designed to look like genuine pop-up window scans you might get from a well-known antivirus program. These fake scans will warn you that you have many infections just waiting to be fixed on your computer.
You may also notice that your computer is much slower. This is because programs like Pest Patrol start running from the moment you turn on your computer until the moment you turn it off. Pest Patrol uses your computer’s resources by slowing it down and therefore slowing you down. You can try to disable Pest Patrol using the Ctrl-Alt-Del utility, but often this only helps temporarily.
Taking a program like Pest Patrol can be quite easy. It is usually associated with the Zlob and Vundo trojans and is often disguised as a video codec. In most cases, it is automatically installed by a website you visit. It hasn’t been long since most web browsers automatically installed any software required by a web page, and many people still use their browsers with this setting enabled. You may also have obtained Pest Patrol by downloading another program that Pest Patrol was linked to.
If you have Pest Patrol on your computer and want to uninstall it, you have two choices on how to do it. The first and best choice is to remove it automatically with a good, reliable program designed to remove spyware, adware, malware, and rogue programs like Pest Patrol. The second is that you can remove it manually. Keep in mind that removing a program like Pest Patrol can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. This will involve editing the registry of the computer. If you make a mistake and delete the wrong entry, your computer may become unbootable. Back up your computer and registry files before starting. If you feel you are up to the task, start by stopping the process first: Simcoepest.ca