Scareware is a general class of malware that is “sold” to consumers via very unethical marketing practices. The makers of the Scareware start by loading a screen on your computer that “warns” you that your computer is at risk. Often these messages will look similar or identical to actual Windows messages or legitimate software pop-ups. Some of these screens are brought up your computer by means of normal web browsing, that is they are just pop-up windows. Other times and more often these days the pop-up screen is invoked through some known flaw in the operating system its self. The warning messages rely on deception to cause shock, anxiety, or the fear of a real threat, in order to get you to install the real software that is going to do real damage. A fake scan will appear to start and warn you of a great number of threats. At this point the program will inform you that it can easily remove the detected threats…. but only after you upgrade to the full version or after you extend your subscription.
The easiest way to not get infected is to a regular maintenance cycle that includes:
Keeping the Operating System up to date at all times
Run a quality security package regularly
Update all your applications on a regular basis
Remove unneeded accessory applications
Replace End of Life Software
Updating your web filtering appliance or application
And of course protecting your data with a fault tolerant backup system (should the worse happen)
When it comes to security a proactive stance is the only winning strategy.
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So what do you do when you get one of these pop-ups? Really the easiest thing to do is disconnect or turn off the internet and restart the machine. If the pop-up persists call a professional. Think you might already have an infection? Call a professional.
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