Saturday, September 20, 2008

How to Avoid Fake AV

Have you been one of the many who have had the rogue anti-virus installed on your PC and wondered how you got it? Actions you have taken may have installed this nasty piece of malware. Here are a few of the ways you may have had the fake AV installed on your machine.

  • Spammed email messages (ecards) that contain malicious links
  • Instant messaging applications where links are sent as messages
  • Private messages in social networking sites
  • As codecs for videos hosted on social networking sites
  • Downloaded by malware in a prior infection
  • Mass SEO poisoning involving several compromised Web sites
What happens from that point may vary, but the bad guys goal is to trick the user through a variety of system modifications and scary warning messages that something is wrong with their PCs. These scare tactics include showing fake Windows popup balloons, modifying the PC’s wallpaper to an alarming message, and performing an unsolicited system scan that yields worrying scan results.

These attacks were starting to pop up in August, and they have continued here in September. This basically tells me the attacks are pretty successful. Beware of the social engineering that actually tricks you into installing this rogue AV badware from the criminal attackers.

Stay safe and have a great weekend.

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