Watch out for Security Essentials 2011

The Microsoft Malware Protection Center reports that there’s
a new name for an old version of fake security software (also known as rogue security
software
.)

Security Essentials 2011 pretends to be antivirus software from
Microsoft, but instead of protecting you from malicious software it infects
your computer with it. Worse, the software claims that in order to protect your
computer you need to pay for this software. You are not only paying for a
fraudulent service, but also turning over your sensitive personal and financial
information to cybercriminals.

Microsoft
Security Essentials
is free software from Microsoft. We will not ask you to
pay for it.

For more information and to see a screenshot of this fake
software, see New
Year, Same Old Rogues
.



 

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 »