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Chamelion

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I'm not sure how it happened, but yesterday, there was an icon on my taskbar that popped up, showing the symbol of a shield (similar to the one indicating that there are updates for the computer online), constantly switching from a blue ? shield to a red X shield. And occasionally, it would show up the following message:

System Alert!
System has detected a number of active spyware applications that may impact the performance of your computer. Click the icon to get rid of unwanted spyware by downloading an up-to-date antispyware solution.


So when I click on it (either left- or right-clicking it) it shows a popup that has me download AVG (AntiVirGear) for a free scan. Only thing is, I have to pay for it after I scan, if I want to remove said files.

I even did a system scan with some of my other anti-virus/Ad-Aware programs, but even though it's officially clean, I still have this message. Anyone know what the problem is?
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You've downloaded some variant of WinAntiSpyPro. It's phony antispyware. You need to get to the Malware forum and do their procedures but you will probably need to follow a special procedure, you will find it there, to get rid of it.
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Thanks, Tyger. After telling me what it was, I did a search on g2g to see which program could remove it (SmitFraudFix) and it's gone now.
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Tx Guys,

Exactly what I was looking for...
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