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Cyber-criminals Distributing “Now Difficult for Detecting” Fake Anti-Virus

According to Kaspersky Lab, fake antivirus programs are getting increasingly harder for distinguishing from the actual AVs; published eweekeurope.co.uk on November 30, 2011.

The security company in a warning stated that cyber-criminals perpetrating fake AVs were being able to create the programs better than before in terms of appearance and legitimacy of real AVs. Consequently, users infected with the fake software were finding it more difficult to determine if the program was a malicious campaign or a real one.

Antivirus Researcher Dmitry Bestuzhev from the security firm Kaspersky Lab stated that cyber-criminals created one false anti-virus website that particularly imitated the AV programs Kaspersky, Avira and Symantec's Norton provided. The Wall Street Journal reported this on December 1, 2011. Bestuzhev drew attention to the observation that the contamination began with a Trojan downloader, which caused the display of the fake website on the affected PC that was a near exact similarity with the actual website.

Earlier, rogue AV programs comprised false screenshots that were captured from general templates. Bestuzhev stated that those screenshots instead of claiming for causing infections on the victim's computer just deceived him into buying worthless software. One latest edition that Kapsersky Lab noticed pretended to do a real scan of the victim's computer, the researcher said. Securelist.com reported this on November 29, 2011.

Encouragingly, further according to Kaspersky Lab, it found that fake anti-virus applications really dropped in number. The total attempts for causing infection everyday declined to some 10,000 during the starting days of November 2011 against 50,000-60,000 during June 2011.

Additionally, the security firm lately cautioned about one phishing scam, which produced a solution namely Antivirus & Security Complete Antivirus Protection. Senior Spam Analyst Maria Namestnikov on behalf of Kaspersky's content filtering team said that the phishers copied the e-mail from Kaspersky's template very well together with a web-address resembling one sent from it. Eweek.com published this on November 29, 2011.

Advising users, Kaspersky thus asked them to proceed carefully in case alert messages regarding 'system contaminations' or 'Windows errors' appeared and to straight away visit the vendor's website for purchasing security software rather than follow web-links.

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