Fakeinit added to list of MSRT's malware families - Posses as Internet Security 2010 and Security Essentials 2010

Microsoft added a rogue security program "Win32/Fakeinit" to the list of malware families removed by MSRT. David wrote Fakeinit caling itself "Internet Security 2010" and "Security Essentials 2010". Fakeinit uses old one-two punch of first trying to convince you that there's malware all over your system, then offering a scanner that can detect and remove […]

Microsoft added a rogue security program "Win32/Fakeinit" to the list of malware families removed by MSRT. David wrote Fakeinit caling itself "Internet Security 2010" and "Security Essentials 2010". Fakeinit uses old one-two punch of first trying to convince you that there's malware all over your system, then offering a scanner that can detect and remove it - once you pay. Fakeinit separates these functions into two components. The first component changes the desktop background. Of course, Fakeinit downloads and installs the "scanner" (the second component) for you. The scanner reports more infections and tells you how to fix them by giving your money away.

"If you do decide to pay, you're giving away not just your money, but also some pretty sensitive information including your name, address and credit card details. At best, you're likely to be charged more than you expected. Hidden at the bottom of the page, below the "proceed payment" button, are options for a "lifetime license" and "firewall and email protection" that're already selected for you. Together they add another $39.90 to price. This is another classic rogue trick," revealed Microsoft.

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