Thursday, March 15, 2012

Say Geek - System Check Virus

I ran into one of the nastiest viruses I have ever seen yesterday at work. It is called the System Check virus. It propagates through hacked advertisements on websites. Some of the things that you see to clue you in about this virus are as follows:


  • You get delayed write failed messages.
  • A lot of windows pop up saying you have a failing hard drive.
  •  A window pops up wanting you to scan and fix. This is the virus. If you click scan and fix you get a fake scan that finds tons of fake problems.
I am not going to lie to you. If you get this virus it's the worst. If you are not a computer savvy person then consider taking it to a pro. If you like a challenge then the best resource I have found is on a website called bleepingcomputer.com. Here is the link to the specific article. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-system-check Let me warn you to read the whole thing. There are a lot of steps and you have to be able to download several tools to get this fixed. If you have questions I will be glad to try and help you if I can. Just leave a comment.