Fake anti-virus malware target Windows 8

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That did not take long. TWN reports that mere days after the release of Windows 8 a fake anti-virus malware app   has already turned up.

The app, detected by Trend Micro, is an example of a scareware trojan that pretends of scan and detect viruses on a user’s computer and then convince them to buy and install software, which are often malware themselves.

With Windows 8 bringing even stronger security to Windows, increasingly the malware problems are due to social engineering, and TNW notes that to defeat these threats, the best thing is usually to turn away from deals that appear just too good to be true.

Read more at TNW here.

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  • jkg

    I got this a week before the IE java exploit patch was sent out.

    ms Security Esentials took care of it.

    • http://www.mainstreetchatham.com/ JimmyFal

      Do you recall exactly how you “got” it? Was it a drive by or how did it happen exactly?

      • jkg

        Yep it was a drive by. It ran out of the SYSTEM TRAY FFS! I terminated the process with the task manager, and almost immediately, security essentials found the worm and banished it.

        • http://www.mainstreetchatham.com/ JimmyFal

          IE 10 desktop or Metro? Or was it Win 7? Forgive me I just need to know this stuff as my customers seem to get into this stuff and I need figure some things out for them. Also do you have java installed in the control panel? I’m used to that java wanting to update itself but was not overly aware that MS patched java themselves in Windows updates. Thanks.

  • PutMyNameHere

    I never understood how anyone can fall for this crap. I can spot these things a mile away.

  • http://twitter.com/digthenoise Dig The Noise

    There’s no fix for being a sucker.

    • techieg

      LOL. No Hotfix, patch, update rollup, service pack, important/recommended/or optional updates or even upgrade can fix a stupid end user!

  • Trickrickiey

    Do not buy from Chinese brand PC companies

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=530576284 Ahmed Yousri Said

      it’s all Chinese bro.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003707453532 Jake Lippert

    Looks like an XP window to me…

    • techieg

      Exactly! But stupid end users will blame their stupidity on the OS.