BOULDER, Colo. (PRWEB) September 18, 2008
According to the Webroot® Threat Research Center, many rogue antimalware applications use tactics to appear as if the product comes from a trusted security company in order to convince users into downloading and purchasing the product. Users can come in contact with the Web site downloading this rogue application through a Google search further projecting an aura of trust.
Rogue antimalware applications are often spread by viruses which download and install multiple pieces of malware on a user's computer. "AntiVirus Pro," like many rogue applications, uses deceptive advertising including fake alert messages and Web sites that claim a users machine is infected even when they are not. These Web sites then promote rogue antimalware applications as a cure for their infected systems and sell it via a variety of online payment sources. Webroot has a definition for this new threat, and will detect it if present on a user's machine.
Webroot recommends several steps to users to prevent this type of malware attack:
1) Always have a current version of an industry-leading antispyware, antivirus and firewall product;
2) Never download free product or purchase them from unknown Web sites and vendors;
3) Never purchase a product that is the result of an unknown alert;
4) Don't click on links in email or on social networking sites; and,
5) Use a credit card that has sufficient fraud protection and never use a debit card online.
For more information on being protected online, go to http://www.webroot.com/En_US/csc.html.
Webroot Software, Inc. provides industry leading security software for consumers, enterprises and small and medium businesses worldwide. Globally recognized for its award-winning Spy Sweeper® line of antispyware and antivirus products, Webroot security software consistently receives top review ratings by respected third-party experts and has been adopted by millions globally. Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware & Firewall provides complete protection against viruses, spyware, data theft and hackers. Webroot Parental Controls offers powerful and easy to use protection to keep kids safe online. Webroot Window Washer® software eliminates all traces of PC and Internet activity. Webroot products can be found at http://www.webroot.com and on the shelves of leading retailers worldwide. To find out more visit http://www.webroot.com or call 1-800-772-9383.
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