Computer viruses have been a major problem for many years now. Some of the most notorious examples date back to the days of the 5.25″ floppy disk (ask your dad if you’ve never heard of one of those before!). But that doesn’t mean that the problem has gone away in the 21st century. In fact, the last couple of years have seen some real nasties, such as Conficker, Koobface and Stuxnet.
If your computer system has ever been infected with one of these pieces of malware then you will know just how damaging they can be. System crashes, lost or corrupted data and pop up messages are only some of the symptoms. Hopefully you are savvy now and have a good antivirus program installed. If not, I hope you get one soon!
When looking for an antivirus program to protect your system you do, however, need to be careful. A report from Google not so long ago, called The Nocebo Effect on the Web, discovered that an increasing number of users were being tricked into purchasing fake antivirus programs. In fact this type of threat now accounts for around 15% of all the malware on the web today and it is a threat that I believe will continue to grow in the future.
The main issue for those who buy this fake antivirus is that they typically find that they have shelled out for something that is itself malware. In other words, the victim pays a fee for something that then monitors their web activity and steals their personal information. Thats not good!
Fake antivirus programs are not especially new having surfaced around 2003. The problem nowadays is in identifying them as many look like the real deal, especially as they steal imagery and brands from reputable security vendors.
Don’t be the next victim – find out more about fake antivirus scams now.