Placing fake antivirus program in its sights

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That’s what Microsoft did when it issued it’s June security updates.

Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool was updated this week todetect a generic type of fake antivirus program known as “Win32/InternetAntivirus.”

The Microsoft Malware Protection Center
gives Win32/InternetAntivirus an alert level of “severe.” The software is “a rogue program that displays false and misleading alerts regarding malware, in order to convince users to purchase rogue security
software,” according to a Microsoft Malware Protection Center blog post. The program also displays a fake “Windows Security Center” message.n addition, the rogue program runs a password stealer called
“TrojanSpy:Win32/Chadem,” which tries to steal FTP usernames and passwords that can be used to compromise servers for hosting malware.

“They use new domain names every day, often registering multiple names at a time, like, and,” the Microsoft post says. “This is all pretty normal rogue behaviour these days. As always, only use security software that has been tested by a trusted third party.”

Fake antivirus programs are very common and provide a way for scammers to make easy money.
The scammers prey on the fears of Web surfers who are misled into believing their systems are infected and then pay, typically, $50 for a program that not only doesn’t protect their computers, but often turns
out to be malicious. (Source: Microsoft takes aim at fake antivirus program – CNET News)

It’s a smart move that should have been made a long time ago.

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Just a thirty-something guy currently hanging it up in the greater Green Bay area. My post-high school educational background is mainly in the Information Technology field. Specifically I have an A.A.S. in Computer Network Systems and a B.S. in Information Systems Security, both from ITT Technical Institute, in addition to A and MCDST certifications. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking and sports. My Christian faith is also important to me as a Missouri-Synod Lutheran and all my children attend a Lutheran grade school. When it comes to political leanings I am a conservative first and foremost which you will discover rather quickly. As for sports I am a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers.

Posted on June 11, 2009, in malware, Microsoft, Patch Tuesday, Security, Technology News and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Placing fake antivirus program in its sights.

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