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PAntispyware09 is a new rogue anti-spyware application and a clone of MsAntispyware2009. It will give exaggerated threat reports on the compromised computer, then ask the user to purchase a registered version to remove threats which do not exist.
Antivirus09 (or Antivirus’09) is a new rogue that follows the normal rogue procedure. It is distributed through a web page that presents the user with a fake online scanner.
While April 1 may have passed without the Conficker botnet activating an ‘armageddon-like’ payload, as some reports speculated, Conficker is still a threat that the world is watching.
Conficker is now not only making headlines for the malware’s latest actions and expectations, but it’s also making waves due to how computer users have responded to this threat and others like it.
System Protector is yet another rogue anti-virus program. It comes with the normal pretty homepage with some fake press reviews, etc.
Social networks – whether you love them for the ease and ability to speak your mind, or haven’t completely warmed to them because of the opportunities they open up for scammers – there’s no denying their increasing popularity.
In light of that fact, we’ve featured social networking communities in the April issue of Lavasoft News. If you use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or any of the other countless networking sites, this month’s safety news and Lavasoft Malware Labs threat information is not-to-be-missed.
The recent extensive media coverage of the Conficker worm (see previous blog post) has also attracted the creators of rogue anti-malware software. Pages that claim to show how to get rid of this pest have been hijacked by fake scanners that promote rogue software. Another tactic has been to create pages that offer a product, claiming it will remove Conficker. An example is shown below.
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