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What to Do If You Saw an ‘Antivirus’ Pop-Up Ad

Sep 14, 2009, 22:04 (5 Talkback[s])
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"If you did click to "scan" your machine for problems, the program will tell you that it supposedly detected 38 threats. Not true. What it actually did was install a so-called Trojan horse that's a classic example of rogue antivirus software, also known as "scareware," a growing menace on the Internet.

"This particular program appears to be designed to convince people to purchase fake antivirus software -– and will likely display messages, at random intervals, with information about more fake problems and demands for money. Mr. Ferguson's initial analysis shows that the program does not have the ability to "phone home" to the attacker to get instructions to do anything worse (like deposit programs designed to steal data from your PC).

"It is unlikely that this attack poses a real threat to Mac or Linux computers, since the downloads they try to push appear to work only on Windows machines."

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