Fake software alert: Security essentials 2010

Security essentials 2010 is the latest fake security software to use the Microsoft name to spread malware instead of to help protect against it. Security essentials 2010 is a form of rogue security software that cybercriminals use to trick people into infecting their own computers.

This fake software will not protect you against malicious software. In fact, it also asks you for payment in order to “unlock the full version.” Once the cybercriminals get your payment information, they can use it to commit even more fraud.

Microsoft Security Essentials is free to download. There is no trial version. You can download the program, find out more information about how it works, and see screenshots or the real product at Microsoft.com/Security_Essentials.

Here’s a screenshot of the fake software:

fake security software


For more information about this fake software, see the Microsoft Malware Protection Center blog.

About the Author
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 »