Fake anti-virus poses as free McAfee VirusScan

Filed Under: Spam, Video

Fake anti-virus software (also known as scareware or rogue anti-virus) continues to be a big problem. Malicious hackers create programs that pretend to be legitimate anti-virus products, but are actually designed to frighten you into believing you have security problems with your computer (in the hope that you'll pay up for a cure).

Overnight our spam traps intercepted a wave of malicious emails claiming to be a free 30 day trial of McAfee VirusScan (which is a legitimate product, of course).

Fake anti-virus posing as free copy of McAfee VirusScan

Subject: McAfee VirusScan Plus
Attachment: setup.zip
Message body:

Download a FREE 30-day Trial of MCAfee VirusScan Plus and Be Automaticaly Entered to Win

Installation file attached

Sophos detects the attached file as Mal/FakeAV-EI. If you want to try McAfee VirusScan please go to McAfee's website and download it from there - don't trust unsolicited emails like this.

Check out this YouTube video, where Fraser Howard from our labs describes fake anti-virus software:

(Enjoy this video? You can check out more on the SophosLabs YouTube channel and subscribe if you like)

Don't forget to keep your (real) anti-virus up to date, and your wits about you.

, , , ,

You might like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

About the author

Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Send Graham an email, subscribe to his updates on Facebook, follow him on Twitter and App.net, and circle him on Google Plus for regular updates.