The job of a virus author is to be able to trick you anyway that they can.
When you first think about their list of tricks, you will think about the technical aspects of the tricks that they can pull on you.
This is what most people think about when it comes to a computer enthusiast but just knowing about computers would not be enough.
They must be able to figure out how to gain your trust so that they can run the scam on you.
They must be able to lull you into a false sense of security, even if it is for a couple of moments; that is the only way that they are going to be able to get their trick to work.
The easiest way to trick someone is to be able to act like you are something that the person is already familiar with.
Even better than that, to be able to trick the person fully, you should act like something that they are both familiar with and trust too.
There are very few programs that are installed on a computer that are trusted more than the antivirus system.
I will take a look at how black hat hackers are able to use the brands of popular antivirus systems and distort them so that they can deliver their own payloads.
Tricking Users With Scareware
For years now, there has been a trick that a lot of black hat hackers have used to gain victims over the internet.
They have pretended to be an antivirus program on your system that needed to be installed because of some enemy virus that has attacked it.
This is a trick that has worked for years but now the average computer user is becoming savvier (except, perhaps, my mate’s girlfriend who has brought her laptop round for me to fix for the third time this month!) and they are able to figure out the threats and real virus alerts.
So now the bad guys have stepped it up a notch and they have come up with a new plan.
This new plan is very effective, even more so than what they were doing before.
Now, instead of creating a fake antivirus program that looks real, they are reproducing the labels on already known antivirus products and pretending as if the product is giving a warning or it needs a new update.
The trap is sprung when you go to update the fake product and you do not receive the package that you expected.
What you receive instead is a piece of software that will install a piece of bad malware on your system.
These sorts of tricks are what allow hackers to be able to get in your system.
When they are in your system and they are able to install the malware then you are at their mercy and you do not know what they are going to turn your computer into.
Your computer could now have a keylogger in the system that tracks everything that you do or they can cause your system to freeze up and not allow you to do anything until you pay them money.
The worst thing that they can do once they are in your system is to turn it into a zombie node.
This way they are able to have as much control over your computer as you do.
This is why you must be able to keep these types of tricks from working on you.
You must be able to spot a trap and either avoid it or delete it before it does any harm.
I will go over some of the ways that you can keep the bad guys off of your system and from using this method.
Once you know what to look for then you should be OK.
Keep Yourself Safe From Scareware
To keep this method of attack from working on you there are a few things that you have to look for.
Some of the tips that I will give you are obvious but some people still manage to skip over them.
The first thing that you want to do before you believe an alert that pops up on your computer is to see if you really have that program installed on your system.
There are plenty of antivirus programs out there on the market so there are no guarantees that the one that they are trying to trick you with is the one that is installed on your system so if it is not then you know that there is a problem and that there is a fake antivirus on your system.
Another thing to be careful of is where the program asked to be downloaded from.
If you see advertising for the program, and it is not from the official web site or another trusted web site, then you should stay away from it.
A program cannot run on your system without you installing it.
This is true in most cases but some elaborate malware is able to pull this off so when you get a new program that is asking to be installed, be aware of where you got it from.
The bad guys are going to try new tricks all of the time.
Make sure that you are prepared for them and avoid this scareware.