What is Fake Antivirus?
FakeAV, or Fake Anti-Virus, is one of the most frequently-encountered and persistent threats on the web. This malware, with over half a million variants, uses social engineering to lure users onto infected websites. Once the FakeAV is downloaded onto the user’s computer, the software will scare them into believing their system is infected with threats that do not really exist, and then push users to purchase services to clean up the non-existent threats. The FakeAV will continue to send these annoying and intrusive alerts until a payment is made.
What’s at risk?
The greatest threat of FakeAV is the risk to victims’ personally identifiable information, which is extracted and exploited by the affiliate networks that publish this malware.
How To Identify Fake AV
Fake AV uses a variety of social engineering techniques to get itself installed. Some examples include:
Some examples of Fake AV include:
How Do I Protect Myself?