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Users being tricked by Scareware

Have you suddenly received a message saying your PC is infected or Security Alert Spyware Found with a windows bubble then offering to remove the infection for you?

This is scareware, because when you click on the bubble it launches a program similar to XP AntiVirus 2010 (other versions but not limited to are AntiVirus 2007, AntiVirus 2008, AntiVirus 2009) which is in fact a rogue antivirus program.

When it runs it simply displays a set of false results as a tactic to scare you into purchasing the software.

How can I help prevent it?

Our advice is to block pop ups and ensure your PC is updated and fully protected.  If you should get an error message pop up like this to seek advice.

Ian Chilvers, Security consultant and Operations Director of Prolateral Consulting stated, “Its always best to seek professional advice if you get this type of problem. Often the case is that the user contacts their supplier who recommends they use the factory-restore CDs to fix the problem.  Which it does; but you often lose all your data and possibly irreplaceable photographs as well.”

What is scareware?

Scareware is scam software with often limited or no benefit at all.  It is sold to consumers via unethical marketing. Often the selling approach is designed to cause shock, anxiety or the perception of a genuine threat.  This in turn generally directs the user to a site to purchase the necessary removal tools or software. If you want more information then click here.

Prolateral can help you

If you think you have been infected by a virus, spyware, malware, or scareware and need help then give us a call. Prolateral Consulting is an IT Security company specialising in the protection of your computer systems. Prolateral is solution partners with Symantec and eSet to help provide you the best of breed solution that is tailored to fit your business requirement.  Together with proFilter, Prolateral's first rate anti-spam and anti-phishing email filter we have the complete solution.

About Prolateral

Prolateral Consulting is in business to put your organisation back in control of your own Information Technology, specialising in information and messaging security, computer forensic services, and disaster recovery planing.

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Prolateral Consulting Ltd
Luton, Bedfordshire, UK
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