New fake antivirus accepts SMS payments

08 Apr

New fake AV programs offer a variety of payment methods.

New fake AV programs attempt a variety of payment methods.

(Credit: CyberDefender)

There’s a modern twist with some fake antivirus scareware that has cropped up. It accepts compensation via SMS, according to antivirus stable CyberDefender.

Typical rogue security programs contaminate the system first, then display suddenly ups warning that the computer is infected, and ask payment to clean it up. The renovated programs are seemingly more genteel, asking notwithstanding the money before the program is installed and infects the system, said Achal Khetarpal, threat research guide at CyberDefender. Of course, a compensation does nothing to “fix” a hypothesis and means criminals now have your standard of value and possibly your credit card complaint.

When a potential victim happens upon a Web site hosting the malware, a dialog box pops up that looks very much like an installer window with a view to a legitimate antivirus product, according to screenshots from CyberDefender. It says “Welcome to” and names a accredited antivirus software and suggests closing other applications. If the dupe falls for the ruse, it for this reason displays a message that says “To complete installation, you must go through activation” and offers several ways to pay, including SMS (Short Message Service), WebMoney, and credit card.

If you ratchet “cancel,” the program won’t install, compared with typical fake antivirus programs that wish already infected the system by the time the sacrifice realizes what is happening and celebrate displaying the annoying pop-up messages, calm after reboot, Khetarpal said.

The collection has seen five versions of the scapegrace security programs masquerading as software from Avast, Norton, McAfee, BitDefender, and RootKitBuster, and they, for example usual, target Windows systems.

Khetarpal could not assert how widespread the malware is unless said he has seen it in a “fate of Web sites” and in regard to search results for popular and trending topics.

Fake AV scammers aren’t the only ones to hop on the SMS requital bandwagon. Scammers were found to have ~ing seeking payment by SMS for fake browser updates earlier this year, according to GFI Labs.

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