If you have ever encountered a fake antivirus software, you may know how difficult they are to remove and how harmful they can be. What exactly is a fake antivirus, and what can it do? Read on to find out.

What is a fake antivirus?

A certain time of malware is the fake antivirus – these programs mimic legitimate security software, and then try and steal confidential data from the user. While installing themselves on the system, they modify the operating system to such a high extent that it becomes extremely difficult to remove them. It can be almost impossible to terminate the processes and remove the underlying root of the software.
Fake antivirus programs also display legitimate looking dialog boxes and warnings to further trick the user into submitting confidential data to the program.

How can you get this malware?

Cybercriminals usually spread fake antivirus programs through internet ads, social networking, emails, and even other malware. They then try and spread the infection to increase the number of affected computers.

How can you tell if you are affected?

The fake antivirus software will display messages and security warnings for the user. These will seem extremely realistic – they will ask for credit cards numbers, or seem to warn the user of high risk infections.

How do you prevent these infections?

  • Keep your programs updated.
  • Buy updates and programs directly from the vendor.
  • Monitor your credit cards for any illegitimate activity.

Via us-cert.org

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