Fake Security Software

 

Scammers are now sending out  these  anti-malware warnings to popular browsers to trick Windows users into downloading fake security software, users of the browsers IE, Firefox and Chrome are targeted.

Many  malicious Web sites are displaying a fake versions of the alerts when users come across these pages suspected of containing  attack code, Rather than simply warn users that the page they're about to visit may be dangerous  as do the genuine alerts, Their versions also include a  message that suggests you need to  download a browser security update. But has we all know, or should know is no anti-malware warning screen or any web site other than Windows Update site should be tell you that you need a security update for your browser or for that matter a Windows security update.

Anyone who accepts the update actually downloads the fake software, often called "scareware" it then overwhelms users with endless fake infection pop up warnings until people pay them money to buy the useless program that often end up give them a virus.

Even the most experienced user can be tricked by these sites. Users who refuse the download updates have their computers attacked by a exploit toolkit that includes attack code for 10 different vulnerabilities in Windows, has well has other software on their computers. Windows computers that have been kept up to date with patches will be protected from the exploit kit, that’s why it is so very important to always keep everything updated and install any patches for Windows.

Malware authors are not lazy and very smart and always looking for new tricks and traps to fool the users into buying their fake software.  The similarity between the fake warning pages and the real thing is so accurate that it can trick even the most highly trained eyes in not being able to tell the difference .

These fake software makers have made at least $150 million by tricking people into buying their fake crapware. It's no surprise that scareware dealers are constantly looking for new ways to trick users into downloading their useless software, It's a serious business, that why you have to be one step ahead of them and be smart whenever your on the internet.

During 2009, to 20010, more than 250 different fake programs tried to infected more than 40 million machines worldwide with their fake software and fake messages.

 

The only way to keep them from putting their  crapware on your computer is by getting Windows updates and by keeping all your software updated . And always get any patches for Windows and all your software when they are available.  And never download any security updates for your computer at any web site other than Windows download page .These malware dealers will do anything to get their junk software on your computer, that why you must stay one step a head of them, because  it is very hard to get  their malware off your computer once it is on.  Remember he who is safe and smart and downloaded all the windows updates and patches for their computers, keeps their computers surfing the internet highway smoothly and keeps it out of the computer repair shop.

These fake viruses love to play on your computer, don't let them !
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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

Thank you for this valuable information Tom. I'll watch for these. Have a great day.


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sherrylou57 5 years ago from Riverside

Thank you, for the wonderful info.


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ImChemist 5 years ago

Oh i get this messages many times , but most of times i ignore it because i get it with trusted sites that i know.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi carrie nice to see you again thanks for stopping by and for your comments . Thake care !


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi sherrylou thanks for stopping by and for your comments, take care !


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi ImChemist thanks for stopping by and for your comments, i don't think you would be getting these warnings on trusted sites. Take care !


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AskAshlie3433 5 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

Hey there Kash. Thanks so much for this great information. I'd give you 10 more votes if I could. Always voted up. That is the last thing I need. I appreciate it so, so, so much. Gracias.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi AskAshlie nice to see you, glad you stopped by ! Glad to hear you found this information useful, it is just something to be aware of when surfing the Internet . And thanks for your nice comments !


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Hi Tom, and thanks for the warning! Imagine, making money from destroying others computers! That is so low. I hate computers that don't work as they are supposed to! It is so frustrating and time consuming. Thanks for another great and useful hub. Take care and bye for now!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi thougtforce nice to see you, It's hard to believe but there are people who will make money by messing up your computer and paying them won't fix it either. Thanks for stopping by and to for your comments, take care and have a great night !


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Victoria Stephens 5 years ago from London

Nice write up warning people, a few of my friends seem to fall for this stuff all the time. I am forever telling them off and fixing their computers to get rid all the unwanted programs.x


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Victoria Stephens 5 years ago from London

Voted up and useful, the more people that learn about this, the better.x


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Victoria nice to see you, I know i have been doing the same for some of my friends has well, so i thought i would write a article about this to maybe save some people from falling for this kind of thing .Thanks for stopping by and for your double comments always nice to see you !


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leabeth 5 years ago

Thanks for the useful information. People will do anything to make money even at the cost of innocent people.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi leabeth nice to see you, it is sad that there are people in the world that will do any thing to make money and not care if it hurts someone or not. That is why we must write these articles to make people aware of people like this .Thanks for your comments and to for stopping by ! Take care !


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twentyfive 5 years ago

Thanks for the helpful warning Kash :) Many people must read this great hub to be more aware and secured.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi twentyfive nice to see you, i do hope a lot of people do read this hub to help them keep their computers safe. Thanks for stopping by and to for you nice comments .


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Ernestasm 5 years ago from Lithuania

Well written and useful article!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Ernestasm nice to see you, thanks for your comments glad you found it usefull.

Take care !


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Excellent information. Thanks for explaining the process these scammers use to fool the public. Voted up and awesome.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Becky nice to see you, i think it is information we all need to know so we can be safe and keep our computers up and running on the internet .Thanks for your very nice comments and to for stopping by, it's always nice to see you !


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Ddraigcoch 5 years ago from UK

This sort of information is invaluable. Thank you Tom.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Ddraigcoch nice to see you, glad you found it useful .

Thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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quicksand 5 years ago

Hi Tom,I too have seen these warnings when I was using a certain virus protection software different to the one I have installed right now. Sometimes these warnings come on even when you test-launch an affiliate URL. Cheers! :)


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi quicksand nice to see you, yes you are right but i didn't know that it show this warning when you test-launch an affiliate URL, might be a bug or glitch .


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

Good stuff. I voted up and awesome.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Healing Touch nice to see you, glad you found this useful . Thanks for your comments and to for stopping by !


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ChristineVianello 5 years ago from Philadelphia

Wow, I have gotten that message so many times. I will never click on them.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Christine nice to see you, glad this hub has helped you, now you know not to click on these fake warnings . Thanks for stopping by and to for your comments !


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daffodil2010 5 years ago

thanks


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi daffodil2010 nice to see you, your welcome !!!


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Gosh it is certainly a mine field out there. Thanks for the warnings Kashmir, I will endeavour to be on my guard. A very informative hub, thanks for sharing your knowledge.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi acaetnna, Yes it is always good to keep a eye for these traps that can really mess up your computer . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your comments, it's always nice to see you !


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Hi Tom, This is a valuable hub. I had so much trouble getting it off my computer a few months ago. They fooled me once, so now I stay more alert. Thanks for this information. Looking forward to more great info from you. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi toknowinfo sorry to hear you got some junk put on your computer, but don't feel bad because these fake warnings are so accurate that it can trick even the most highly trained user. Always willing share my knowledge if it can help someone !

Thanks so much for stopping by and to for you nice comments ! take care and enjoy the rest of your day !


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Beverly Stevens 5 years ago from College Station

Thanks for posting this information. It is very helpful.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Beverly nice to see you, glad you found this information useful . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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ethel smith 5 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Love the remonder to vote etc, so many visitors forget to. I have come across similar fake software. A goo tip as soon as you have gout rid of the messgae is to go to Internet Options and delete temporary files etc. Plus run your anti virus system scan. Thanks for the reminder


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi ethel nice to see you, yes those are all good things to do and another good thing to do is delete your cookies has well, glad you liked the hub voting reminder .Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Great! Thanks for this! :)

xoxo,M.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi M. nice to see you, glad you found this information useful. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

Thank you for the info Kashmir. This is so nice of you to share this one. we should always be aware of the fake security systems lurking out there.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi snowdrops nice to see you, so glad to hear you found this information useful . Yes you never know what is around the next corner on the Internet .

Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Thank you for this important information. God Bless You.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Stars my friend, glad you have read this hub and found it's information important . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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toknowinfo 4 years ago

Thanks for this informative hub. It is such a pain in the neck when these type of viruses get into your computer. As always, another great article, from my favorite hubber!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi toknowinfo nice to see you, yes you are so right,when this type of viruses get on your computer and takes root it is so difficult to remove it. So it is always good to avoid it by knowing about these fake security messages . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

i was once tricked into downloading one fake software. the program looks like our antivirus essentials. warning says: Scan Now. Some of my files has been corrupted, many programs have been deleted and hidden.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi M. nice to see you, yep that is how they fool you into install their junk on your computer. Then if you buy the software their selling it won't fix anything but it will infect your computer more and just make things worse. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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internpete 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

It is always good to keep an eye out for new scams and traps. Good hub, voted up!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi internpete nice to see you, so glad you understand the importance of this information in this hub, and it will help to keep your computer up and running without this junk being installed on your computer. Thanks so much for the vote up ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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wheelinallover 4 years ago from Central United States

Running an online business we find that these pop up screens most likely happen to us more than others because we often use traffic exchanges to earn advertising credits. We no longer wait, the second we see one we leave the website. A half entered program does less damage than one which is completely downloaded. At least this has been our experience.

There are times when they don't close quickly, if we see this everyone has been trained it is less damaging to hit the off button on the computer. Our computers are run more than most peoples so the second we see an update we load it.

Your hubs are great for online business people Kashmir56 and we love sharing them.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi wheelinallover nice to see you, it is great to hear that this information is useful and helpful to you and online business people like yourself. It always good to inform other of the many ways these people will try to install their harmful program on your computer. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

People need to be made aware of this! It is a fear tactic that unfortunately works very well :-s. I have had many a site give this kind of pop-up, some of which are almost impossible to close without just shutting down the computer (or terminating the browser from Windows).

Shared, up and useful. Pinning too.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Brett nice to see you, yes you are so right about these fear tactic that scare people into downloading these type of software to infect their computer. And the best way to close your browser when this happens is from the task manager. Thanks so much for the share up vote and useful and the pin ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

This is interesting.. I've seen those before and I get all scared and click off the page really quick LOL! I was cautioned a while back about downloading crap off the internet so I try to be really careful about it.. I'm glad you did this hub.. It's sad how many people get taken advantage of because of stuff like this. Voting up, useful and sharing!


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Oscortega 4 years ago from California

This is something that is ongoing and unfortunately, will never change.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Jamie nice to see you, yes i agree with you it is very sad that these people will take advantage of you and try to break your computer with their junk software full of viruses . Thanks so much for the voting up, useful and sharing! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Oscortega nice to see you, yes you are right that this type of activity will never change, unfortunately. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

scammers are really mean for doing these things. been victimized a couple of times for clicking unknowingly.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi my friend M. nice to see you, yes i do agree with you their mean and don't care . And it is crappy when they catch you in their trap. But now you know to be more careful on the internet and watch what you click on. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

People really need to know about this! I had a computer ruined a couple of years back--sharing this Tom!


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CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

That's why I don't click just like that. I'm one cautious computer user.

Thanks for sharing this very useful and informative hub. Up and sharing for those who have missed it.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Audrey my friend nice to see you, yes i know what you mean i was just under attack a few week ago and had my twitter account hacked and they almost knocked down my computer as well. But all is well now ! Thanks so much for the share ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi CrisSp nice to see you, it's good to hear you are a very cautious computer user, that tells me you are a very smart computer user has well. Thanks for your vote up and share ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

Thanks for the information. It's good to know. Up and sharing.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi my friend KoffeeKlatch Gals nice to see you, nice to hear you found this information useful, you must always be very careful on the internet for the bad guys are very tricky . Thanks for your vote up and sharing ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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