Fake Anti-virus Software Plaguing Companies

August 21st, 2012 by Manmohan Leave a reply »

Workers in the finance community are often expected to keep on top of their anti-virus software updates. Installing the right programs and keeping the offerings updated are just some of the best practices individuals in many fields are encouraged to follow. However, even those with the best of intentions are being fooled by malicious bugs disguised as legitimate software.

Those in a leadership position need to teach their employees about what kind of software should be downloaded, as well as what can be done overall to keep their devices safe. If even one person is not aware of exactly what needs to be done to keep their computer safe, the whole network and all of a company’s information could be compromised.

Hackers becoming more clever

Criminals are disguising their viruses in whole new ways, many businesses have discovered. One of the most recent ploys, GFI Labs reported, is a fake anti-virus scan within an email that says it is from an airline. Many business people, because of the nature of travel in their corporations, have fallen victim to this trick.

GFI Labs found that the email appears as if it has come from Delta Airlines and includes a zip attachment titled “Ticket_Delta_Airlines_IN2139.zip.” When an individual goes to open the file, the computer seems to perform a virus scan to make sure the document is safe. However, the professionals found it actually installs a number of bugs, including Sirefef and WinWebSecurity: Live Security Rogue.

Other hackers have found a way to use the names of legitimate companies that offer virus protection to fool computer users. The Houston Chronicle explained that Windows Antivirus 2012 is actually a relatively well-known fake anti-virus program and should be avoided at all costs. The source said that this particular bug can make it look as if a computer is running a scan and finding malware, but it is simply an elaborately set-up website. When the individual goes to clean up their computer with this fake program, however, they are actually downloading a virus.

How to spot malware

Luckily, according to MSNBC, there are a number of ways to spot fake anti-virus offerings. For example, the source said anything that pops up and initiates a scan without first being prompted by the user is almost always a virus. Moreover, the source explained people must never enter credit card information without being absolutely sure they are on a legitimate website with security features.

According to MSNBC, users should be familiar with the common look of real anti-virus software, like the classic McAfee or Norton graphics. Additionally, the source said after the person has already paid for a program there should be no additional prompts to purchase anything else until the subscription has run out.



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