The creators of viruses and malware are always looking for ways to get their malware bait to bite and somehow land on your computer. One of the ways they do that is by using keywords that play on the user’s anxiety; therefore forcing the user to end up putting Malware unknowingly on their own computer. A perfect example of this is a fake Anti-virus called “Privacy Protection”. Of course, who wouldn’t want that? Well, that is what the scam artist is counting on. The fake anti-virus looks legitimate, unless you look very carefully. Most of them simulate a Microsoft user interface like the control panel and even have Microsoft logos on them. So, it’s usually easy to buy into these fakes, unless you look carefully.
To be on the safe side, if you see something on your computer that claims to be an anti-virus, which has Microsoft logos all over it, but is not from Microsoft; DO NOT BUY IT! That is most likely a fake anti-virus. If you are not sure what to do, have an expert take a look at it for you. What generally happens is that once a fake anti-virus gets on a computer, it can open the door to other serious infections and spyware that can really mess up your computer and put your personal information at risk. If you notice that you are getting more pop ups and that your computer is running slow, it pays take action right away!
I have written an article about Fake Anti-virus Scams, which you can find on this website. It can help you figure out what to do if your computer gets infected by a fake Anti-virus. If you have any questions on this subject feel free to send me an email.
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