Look out for fake Conficker safety scan links

The Microsoft Malware Protection Center blog reports that the Conficker name is being used to spread malware. Malware that disguises itself as security software is known as rogue security software –or “scareware” — and it’s on the rise.

Conficker is a computer worm that’s been in the news (and in this blog) lately. Now malware criminals are trying to take advantage of the publicity about Conficker.

The good news is that if you have automatic updating turned on, your computer is probably not infected with the Conficker worm. If you’re not sure, go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=148275 to verify your settings and check for updates.

For more information, see Cashing in on Conficker’s Bad Name.

 

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Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »