Google Warns: Fake AntiVirus the Main Threat

Google has raised an alarm bell saying that most of the anti-virus software programmes which the users download and install are themselves’ malicious programmes spreading virus and worms into one’s computer. It is annoying to hear that the protector is causing severe harm than anyone else. In the past for a period of one year and one month, Google has conducted a thorough check on millions of web pages; the exact number is nearly 240 million and the findings are striking. It is those well marketed anti-virus software which are accountable for nearly 15% of all the programmes which are malicious and found detected online. So who is responsible for spreading malicious programmes in the first place? Our so called “friendly antivirus” software programmes are responsible for 15% of the spread. Can anyone believe it?

Consumers are fooled by the advertisements. They, are either computer savvy or not, they believe genuinely that the software programmes which they have downloaded or purchased would help them in filtering unwanted material infecting their computer. Once they install, they become worriless and confident and forget about threats. But actually the programmes slowly intrude and cause lots of harm to the system and information stored there. Can’t anything be done to rectify this? Crimes in cyberspace are becoming highly sophisticated and criminal day by day. One of the popular and cheap tactics followed is, showing a pop advertisement threatening the user, that there is a virus warning available to the system and influences the user to click for protecting the system against such attacks.

The user, honestly believing this enters the trap and clicks “OK” button for protection. Within a short span of time, the confidential information of the user are searched and snatched from the system for the crook’s use. Google opines that these fake threats are increasingly day by day. And more and more such software programmes are floated in the market for this reason. Hence one may not know which a real protector is, and which a fake protector is. The survey report says that many users are becoming a prey to these kinds of malpractices. The numbers of people who register for such kind of fake software programmes are tremendously increasing over a period of time. This trend of attacking is found in paid software programmes also. The irony is the users pay for the damage, believing that the software is good.

Adverts are used as the main channel for transferring these kinds of fake programmes. Though Google uses special tools to identify these kinds of fakes, the criminals are smart in transferring and flipping through a number of web addresses to escape from the loop. Google finds it difficult to fix it. It is really shocking to read that approximately 11000 domain names in the web are distributing these kinds of malware programmes. Experts in the field of web security give everyone 2 specific advices to keep oneself away from this trap. One, do not click on any unsolicited pop –ups or advertisements, even if it is free or low priced. Two, purchase anti-virus software programmes from highly reputed companies alone to avoid fakes.

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