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.

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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at https://grahamcluley.com, 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. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley