|21 Sep 2010||#1|
ZoneAlarm Using Scareware Tactics?
Scareware is generally considered to be a service that scares users to sell products. This is usually a strategy of fake antivirus software which detects threats that are not there. The information that a computer virus was found will scare users into buying additional protection to secure their system and remove the threats from.
The popular security company ZoneAlarm has started to use scareware tactics to sell more of their products. ZoneAlarm Free Firewall users received a notification window, that informed them about a global virus alert. The notification reads:
“Global Virus Alert - Your PC may be in danger! Virus Details: Risk:high Threat name: ZeuS.Zbot.aoaq. ZeuS.Zbot.aoaq is a new Trojan virus that steals banking passwords and financial account data. Your ZoneAlarm Free Firewall provides basic protection, but this new threat requires additional security.”
Options are to see the threat details or get protection.
ZoneAlarm Global Virus Alert About ZeuS.Zbot.aoaq, Scareware At Its Best
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|21 Sep 2010||#4|
"A little learning is a Dangerous thing" ....... William Shakespeare I think sometime between 1500 and 1600 A.D
True then -- even truer today.
Sneak and scareware are both HORIBBLE and insidious tactics -- sneakware is employed hugely by sites like DRIVERMAX which offer to scan and update your drivers -- and after its found what you think you are looking for it then informs you to that the facility you want is only available for PAID registrations.
Scareware is just as bad " Your computer *may have* a potential virus etc etc.
Any computer in the known (and probably unkown too) universe *might* have a computer virus.
Safe surfing, decent firewalls, and some proper real time AV stuff like MSE should be more than sufficient.
Please don't get suckered into these types of sites.
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