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Watch out for fake virus alerts


Rogue software or "scareware" is fake antivirus or security software. Cyber criminals usually try to get you to install it by generating pop-up windows that advertise security update software. These windows might appear on your screen while you surf the web.  Rogue security software might report a virus, even though your computer is actually clean.  Inversely, when you download rogue security software, it will install a virus or other malicious software (malware) on your computer.

Some rogue security software might also:

-          Lure you into a fraudulent transaction (for example, upgrading to a non-existent paid version of a program).

-          Use social engineering <https://www.microsoft.com/security/resources/socialengineering-whatis.aspx>  to steal your personal information.

-          Install malware that can go undetected as it steals your data.

-          Launch pop-up windows with false or misleading alerts.

-          Slow your computer or corrupt files.

-          Disable Windows updates or disable updates to legitimate antivirus software.

-          Prevent you from visiting antivirus vendor websites.

Donna Pogroszewski
Communications and Network Services
10/06/2015