Popular scam: Spreading false antivirus software
Time and again, Internet criminals try to plant false antivirus software on users. When surfing the net, they receive the alleged warning that their computer is infected with malware. These warnings appear in a separate browser window and look deceptively similar to those of serious antivirus programs. In order to eliminate the supposedly dramatic infection of the PC with a malware, the user is requested to download a specified antivirus program.
After the installation of the supposed antivirus solution, a request to purchase the program or even to purchase a license appears. If the user refuses to do so, false virus warnings open up again and again at certain intervals, together with a request for payment.
However, the programs offered often have no function at all. They only serve to induce the user to purchase and to obtain credit card data. Sometimes PCs are infected with malware when downloading the “protection program”, for example to connect them to a botnet.
How to protect yourself – virus protection program:
Be suspicious of unsolicited software offers and only obtain anti-virus software from reputable providers. The choice of a suitable virus protection program is particularly important for Windows-based systems.
For adequate protection of the system against computer viruses and other malware, both free and paid versions of antivirus software are available for private users. The latter may have more features. Provided that the sensible, additional functions of the paid solutions, such as
- Child safety filters
- Monitoring of browser and e-mail activities for malware
- advanced, behavior-based malware detection
are not needed, free virus protection programs are sufficient. These include for example
- SOPHOS HOME FREE
- Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition
- and others
These antivirus programs integrate easily into the Windows operating system, use automatic updates and have a decent detection rate. Microsoft itself also offers a free virus protection program called Windows Security.