Microsoft Windows users have been inundated with a myriad of fake security software in recent months, as criminal masterminds have discovered that they can easily manipulate the exploits online and turn themselves into serious moneymakers.
Windows users may install the fake programs because they have been coerced and conned into believing that these applications are in fact what they claim to be! Real security software! Some hackers have even been able to dupe people to such an extent that at times, bogus security software has been ranked high in Internet search results.
Microsoft has met with the solution to this rampant fictitious software, as they embarked on their biggest clean-up job ever. In June 2008, Microsoft reported 1.2 million PCs infected with a family of password stealers, while in February, the Vundo Trojan was detected on approximately one million machines.
According to one researcher, cyber-crooks can pull in as much as US$5 million a year by installing the renegade programs on PCs, and by further enticing users with made-up claims that the machine is infected. Whereby the only way to combat the PC threats is to purchase this phony-wares full version, so they claim!
This time, Microsoft took the opportunity to pat itself on the back again. Although each FakeSecSen installation normally contains an .exe file, one or two .dat files, a control panel applet and other components, the MSRT found that only about 20% of the infected PCs it uncovered still harbored the .exe. (Other components remained, however, as evidence of the bogus program’s installation.)
According to Microsoft itself, “We speculated that the .exe files had been removed by other anti-malware software that had overlooked the other pieces.”Microsoft was able to thoroughly clean systems of FakeSecSen while other malware detection tools may not have caught and cleaned as many executables,” said Bill Sisk, a Microsoft security spokesman, in an e-mail.”
Good news when one considers how important our PC’s have become to us in this day and age! Computer safety now needs to be prioritized.