If it wasn’t so annoying, some of the “informational” messages that you get from an infection are almost comical.
I had one the other day that did its usual fake scan, and then gave some messages that were meant to frighten someone who didn’t know much about computers. Here is a sample:
- Hard drive rotational speed exceeds limits and may cause a system failure
- Ram memory speed decreased significantly and may cause a system failure
- Hard drive rotation speed decreased by 20%
Now most computer people know that its virtually unheard of that a hard drive rotational speed will increase so much as to actually cause a problem.
Similarly, RAM speed is virtually unchangeable, and even if it did change, the system has checks in place to add/remove extra delays if its running slow/fast.
And then the hard drive rotation speed decrease… it feels like they are contradicting the first statement.
But then, if you don’t know, then the infection just needs to display something that might sound vaguely plausible.
Non technical people (ie most computer users), could believe such statements.
Its like a motor mechanic saying that your engines conrod slide bearings are worn… to me, that could mean anything… but it sounds serious (and expensive).