Rogue Anti-Virus or popularly known as Rogue Security software is more of a virus or a scam in itself. There have been a number of people around the UK and US who have been scammed through the company producing this malicious software. The software has been described to look the same way as does the Microsoft Security Center in your Windows and most people get derailed because of this.
The Marketing campaign
The scammers at Rogue Security software or the Rogue Anti-Virus have come up with a distinct strategy of marketing their product and making fools out of innocent people. The trend of calling for the marketing of this software has been introduced. Now, you can possibly receive a call that is going to ask you to download fake anti-virus products. The scammers are tricking people and causing them a lot of damage if someone downloads and installs the Anti-virus.
The last few weeks were quite active in terms of the activities that were planned and implemented by people at Rogue Anti-Virus. They called people around the UK and US mainly that their systems have been infected by some of the very dangerous viruses which can be removed with just a few clicks of your mouse in case you opt for the Rogue Anti Virus. ESET UK alarmed all the users around the world to stay active and alarming against such calls as their frequency was increasing gradually.
The Game Plan
Their call is quite an interesting one. It seems as someone quite professional is calling you from a reputed office dealing with customer support. The pitch is different in different calls but the message delivered is all the same. The professional tells you that a virus has been detected on his computer and it is running up other PCs. You computer might be at risk.
For users who are not so well aware of how to use computer, the invasion is not an issue at all. You will be asked to open the Windows Event Viewer to see the proofs of infection. On this, you will be asked to give the caller remote access of your computer through logmein123.com or any of the similar services. Once you are going to grant the access, the caller is going to plant a fake anti-virus or security software the removal of which is quite difficult.
The past events have been increasing in terms of frequency. People living in a specific region around England have been receiving similar calls and the caller claims to be of a very reputed company such as Microsoft, Symantec or Norton. The receivers are informed that their computers have been affected by a serious virus and the computer is sending virus to other computers connected to the internet, being a potential threat in the world. This is enough to control the victim. The callers suggest them for the help that they can offer and get access to their computer through remote desktop. The users are asked to do several difficult procedures as well as complicated tasks to get rid of the virus, meanwhile strange stuff has been implanted in your computer that gives users a real tough time.
Ultimately, the victim is asked to pay some £180 to eliminate the virus and the card details are demanded. Security experts have been tracing the tracts that can get them to the roots of these scammers but by far they have not got the answer to who is behind all these scamming. They have just got a few of the domains that are being traced for.