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In this issue: What’s a Rogue – And Why Do You Need to Know? | How to Avoid Rogue Security Software | Haiti Relief Efforts: Best Advice for Giving Safely | Show No Love for Valentine’s Scams

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Confused by strange pop-ups on your PC, warning you that you’re infected with malware, and urging you to buy a specific program in order to remove the threat? While the “threat” being reported by these fake scanners isn’t real, the danger posed by the scam is. This month in Lavasoft News, we’re taking on this

topic – rogue security software – so you know how to avoid this type of malware. Keep reading to find out what Malware Labs has uncovered about the dramatic rise of rogues, also known as fake security software or scareware, and what Lavasoft is doing to protect people.

We’d also like to call your attention to the rest of the security news that will help to keep you safe and secure this month: how to donate to charities safely online, tips that will keep you from falling for scammers’ Valentine’s Day tactics, and much more!

Best regards,
Erin Earley
Editor, Lavasoft News
editor@lavasoft.com

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What’s a Rogue – And Why Do You Need to Know?
Rogue security software is a very real and rapidly rising threat, but Lavasoft has a new tool designed to keep you safer.

How to Avoid Rogue Security Software
The 6 steps that will keep you, your friends, and your family from becoming victims of fake security software.

Haiti Relief Efforts: Best Advice for Giving Safely
Make sure donations you make to support victims of the Haiti earthquake go to the intended recipient – not to a cyber scammer!

New Targets in Detection
Visit the Lavasoft Malware Labs blog to protect your privacy with new targets for January 2010.

Threat Check
Find out which threats have been creating the most buzz among Ad-Aware users this past month.

Bad Behavior
This month’s pick is a rogue story – find out about the devious behavior of one of the largest families of cloned rogue threats, WiniGuard.

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BY THE NUMBERS
Lavasoft Malware Labs discovered almost one new rogue per day in December 2009. The rise of rogues is taking a toll on unwitting computer users, costing victims over US $150 million.
Source: Malware Labs, U.S. FBI
TIPS & TACTICS
Cyber scammers have lots of love for Valentine’s Day – a holiday annually exploited to push malicious wares. Learn more about how to stay safe.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“The new Rogue Gallery from the Lavasoft Malware Labs lists many of the known fake programs... the site is another welcome tool to help combat the fraudulent schemes that rake in big bucks for the crooks behind the scams.”
- Erik Larkin, PC World
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