fake anti-virus

Fake AV Business Alive and Kicking

By Vyacheslav ZakorzhevskySince June 2011 we have seen a substantial decrease in the number of fake antivirus programs. Right now we are observing 10,000 daily attempts to infect users with Trojan-FakeAV; back in June the figures were 50-60,000.

Twitter Worm Uses Google URL Shortener to Spread Scareware

A fast-moving Twitter worm is in circulation, using Google’s goo.gl redirection service to push unsuspecting users to a notorious scareware (fake anti-virus) malware campaign.At 8:45 a.m EST today, this Twitter search shows thousands of Twitter messages continuing to spread the worm.

Windows Users Targeted in Anti-Malware Scam

A rogue anti-malware product called DefenceLab redirects infected PCs
to Microsoft’s Support portal, but modifies the HTML content as it
returns so as to appear as if Microsoft is endorsing the worthless
software. Read the full article. [The Register]

Kaspersky Lab malware analyst Vyacheslav Zakorzhevsky has written an in-depth article describing the scareware (fake anti-virus) epidemic.  The article touches on the common distribution techniques, the tricks used to scare users into paying fraudsters for a removal tool and the way code generators are being used to create these malicious programs.  It also provides some infection statistics and some practical protection advice.  Read the full article [viruslist.com]

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