scareware

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scareware

A warning message that pops up from a website that claims the user's computer is currently contaminated or not running properly. Also called "fake antivirus" and "rogue antivirus," scareware is a dishonest attempt to cause a user to purchase antivirus, registry cleaner or some other software that repairs problems or enhances performance.

Worse yet, scareware may be used to entice the user to install phony software that implants a real virus or some other malware. In either case, the dire warning frightens people into taking action. See ransomware, spyware and wares.
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Norman researchers found that FakeAV dropped from approximately 45,000 attacks in June to less than 5,000 in August.
Our data would indicate that the FakeAV family seems to have been reduced substantially by attacking the payment services used by them," said Chrisophe Birkeland, Norman CTO.
2 percent, is very close to joining the high-risk group of countries due to the increase in the number of FakeAV detections, a statement said.
OR has been very active for nearly two months, no doubt fuelled by the success FakeAV loaders like Fraudload.
Sometimes these FakeAV (Fake Antivirus, Rogue Antivirus.
The FBI estimates $72 million in losses and 960,000 victims from a single FakeAV campaign.
Trend Micro researchers were also able to gather in-depth information on two of the largest FAKEAV affiliate networks to date-BeeCoin and MoneyBeat.
In addition, the report covers specific activity around organized crimeware, including the high-profile, successful take-downs of the large-scale DNS-Changer, Rustock and Coreflood Botnets, as well as the arrest of the co-founder of ChronoPay, a Russian online payment processor, which processed the sales of leading FakeAV.
The most active category continues to be FakeAV, which uses the latest trends and news stories to target a large user base, serving OS-specific and location-specific malware.
FAKEAV variants from the malicious sites are then served to infect machines, said a statement.
Total Defense Anti-Virus offers integrated anti-virus and spyware capabilities, guarding PCs from worms, FakeAV, Trojans and other malware that can slow down or even damage the system.
Top malware threats prevalent during 2010 were Conficker worm, Bredolab Trojans, Zeus Bots, SpyEye Bots, FakeAV Trojans, Oficla Trojans, as well as malwares and Web exploit kits such as Gumblar and Phoenix.