Fake antivirus software Scam
We have all seen at least once this message appears on our screens: “You have been infected!. Download antivirus X right now to protect your computer!”. This fake antivirus software scam is becoming more and more mainstream.
Many of these pop-ups were very well created to resemble actual messages that you might get from Windows or another antivirus software product.
If you are lucky, it is nothing more than an innocent hoax that will bother you by displaying unwanted pop-ups on your screen whilst you browse online. In this case, to get rid of the annoying pop-ups, we recommend scanning your system using good antivirus software such as Bullguard, but there are also some good free antivirus software options such as Malwarebytes and/or Microsoft security essentials (windows defender in windows 8/10).
If you are not so lucky, you can end up with malware on your system, such as a Trojan or keylogger. This kind of message could also come from one of the most dangerous ransomware threats around, such as CryptoLocker, which is capable of blocking and encrypting your operating system. It then requests you to pay a sum of money in exchange for the decryption key and to resolve the issue.
The important thing to remember is, never call the number on the popup and never give the scammers remote access to your system. If you are unsure about anything the best thing to do is turn your system off and contact a local independent IT specialist.
To avoid this situation, we recommend using a specialized security product against this kind of financial malware, besides your traditional antivirus program.