Fake virus alerts are usually generated by a Trojan. A Trojan is a program that takes control of your computer after you open an email attachment, click on a pop-up advertisement within your browser or by visiting particular shady websites.
Fake antivirus products are designed to appear legitimate. They have names of brands which sound familiar. Names such as Virus Protector, Anti-Virus Shield, Malware Defense, Anti-Spyware Pro and Microsoft Security, the list goes on.
These cyber criminals use scare tactics designed at all those click happy computer users whom do not take time to read every pop-up which appears on their screen. This can be very dangerous for you and your computer network so it’s important that you read and become familiar with the way the legitimate anti-virus software on your computer looks and behaves. If you know what a real warning message looks like, it should be easier to spot a phony.
Downloading software via these scams can result in viruses, “Trojan” software, and-or hardware that extracts passwords and personal data being installed on your computer. It can cause serious damage and the incapability to use your computer.
If you are experiencing warning signs of these so-called “scareware” issues or suspect a threat, turn off your browser. Do not click “No”, “Cancel”, or “X”. Some of these programs are designed so that any of these options will initiate the program.
The FBI recommends that you take provisions to make sure your operating systems are up-to-date and your valid security software are operating properly. If you see these anti-virus scams, close the browser or turn off your computer immediately.