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Windows 7: FBI Warns About the Scareware Threat.


12 Dec 2009   #1
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
FBI Warns About the Scareware Threat.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a scareware alert through the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). The advisory describes the aggressive tactics used in these scams and estimates that they caused losses of over $150 million to victims.
Scareware, also known as rogueware, is a term used to refer to fake antivirus products that trick users into paying for license fees by bombarding them with false security alerts. This sort of schemes are so profitable that cybercrooks have built an entire underground economy based on it.
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FBI Warns About the Scareware Threat - Estimates damages of $150 million to users - Softpedia

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12 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

Thanks for the posting about scareware. This has beena mojor issue to folks that are unaware and get all freaked out thinking they have a virus on their computer.
You can read more about scareware on ZDnet.com.
The ultimate guide to scareware protection
Most of the tile it is just a script file running and all you have to do is shutdown your browser and it is gone.

Thanks again for the post
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12 Dec 2009   #3
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Always nice to know that someone appreciates the articles.
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12 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

The only way to stop Scareware is with a brain and a good antivirus.
You can get free virus protection here: http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/
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12 Dec 2009   #5

Ubuntu 10.10 64bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I don't mean to start problems, but in previous pc magazine articles that tested multiple antivirus antimalicious software... microsoft's software always came in dead last. Has that changed?

(example being PC World)
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12 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

you're not starting problems unfortunately MS software may not be exactly dead last but also not an improvement either.
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12 Dec 2009   #7
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kemo View Post
I don't mean to start problems, but in previous pc magazine articles that tested multiple antivirus antimalicious software... microsoft's software always came in dead last. Has that changed?
Do you believe everything you read? Often vested interests drive the choice of trial & evaluation.
I am sure that if MS chose the parameters they would come up smelling of roses.

[BTW -I don't & wouldn't use MS software.]
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13 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Thanks for the article. When my dad sees these, he's like "OMG Viruses! And look at how many!" But it's like I tell him, it's fake, just trying to waste your money over to Cyber-criminals.
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13 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by XboxOmac View Post
Thanks for the article. When my dad sees these, he's like "OMG Viruses! And look at how many!" But it's like I tell him, it's fake, just trying to waste your money over to Cyber-criminals.
At least you were there to tell your dad, imagine how many other people who didn't have that kind of support to know better.
It's scary to be honest....obviously most users on this site know better, but people who are not computer savy can get duped into anything.
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14 Dec 2009   #10

Ubuntu 10.10 64bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JMH View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kemo View Post
I don't mean to start problems, but in previous pc magazine articles that tested multiple antivirus antimalicious software... microsoft's software always came in dead last. Has that changed?
Do you believe everything you read? Often vested interests drive the choice of trial & evaluation.
I am sure that if MS chose the parameters they would come up smelling of roses.

[BTW -I don't & wouldn't use MS software.]
I don't believe everything I read, I also learn from experience with the lack of protection that it provided... granted that was back in the XP AND Vista days.
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