One of the most common ways for cybercriminals to steal money from people is through the use of fake security software, according to the most recent Microsoft Security Intelligence Report.
This kind of software is also known as “scareware” or “rogue security software.” Cybercriminals use it to scare people into downloading more malicious software onto their computer or pay for a fake product. For more information, see Watch out for fake virus alerts.
Here are examples of the graphics used by cybercriminals trick you into downloading their security software.
The Security Intelligence Report features a video that explains how one popular piece of fake software works and how you can get rid of it. To watch the video, go to How Win32/FakePAV Steals Credit Card Information and How to Remove the Trojan.