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Fake Antivirus Targets Firefox

Jul 20, 2011

Firefox users have been targeted by a new scam that tries to load a user’s PC with fake anti-virus software using a convincing version of the Windows Update page.

Fake anti-virus scams are extremely popular, and ones using bogus update pages of one sort of another are also an established trick of many attackers.

The page itself is a copy of the Windows Update page offering an “urgent” 2.8MB download which will start a useless security scan plugging fake antivirus software. Users who agree to the update without being entirely sure that it is genuine will be more easily convinced that a PC has been infected with the non-existent malware later detected by the bogus program which has been installed.

Be vigilant, cybercriminals are investing more time and effort into making these tactics as convincing as possible to the end user. If you think you may have been infected by this scare ware tactic, contact MTI today.

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