| By Fred Langa |
What’s a sure sign of success? If you’re a Microsoft product, you become the favorite target of hackers — and the newest mark is Security Essentials.
Hackers are offering fake copies of the popular security app to snare the unwary — but a few simple steps easily thwart this ploy.
Fake anti-malware app mimics Security Essentials
Reader Ron Hancock discovered this bit of online nastiness:
- “In the past you have encouraged people to use Microsoft Security Essentials.
“I came across this article on the Windows Security Blog, ‘Fake Microsoft Security Essentials software on the loose. Don’t be fooled by it!’
“Perhaps it would be useful to highlight this (if it’s true, of course).”
You’ve probably seen them: you’re on a Web page and a window pops up with a warning such as “Virus detected!” or “Your PC is insecure!” The pop-up then offers to fix the problem — for a price. The slicker offerings closely mimic the look of real security warnings, making it hard to tell they’re fake.