Beware of Online Anti-Virus Pop-Up Ads
April 16, 2010
Ridgeland, Miss., May 17, 2010 - The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Mississippi joins the FBI in warning computer users of the ongoing threat of pop-up security warnings known as Scareware.
hTe fake pop-up security warnings state that the user’s computer is infected with numerous viruses. The warnings look authentic and often show what appears to be real-time scanning of the user’s hard drive. Scareware is intimidating to most users and is extremely aggressive in luring users into purchasing rogue software that will supposedly remove computer viruses. The FBI is aware of estimated losses from this type of activity to victims in excess of $150 million.
Downloading the software could result in malware being installed on computers.
The new malware contains a key logger which will harvest account log-in information. Other personal information can be compromised in purchase process.
“In addition to having an infected system, the downloading of malware can be costly in computer repairs as well as potential identity theft losses,” said Bill Moak, President/CEO of the Mississippi BBB. “Be cautious because cyber criminals often use easy-to-remember product names that are often associated with know applications.”
The FBI encourages anyone who has experienced the anti-virus pop-ups (or other similar scams) to file a complaint at www.ic3.gov.