Panda Software estimates the number of people affected by fake antivirus at 30 million. Programs that hide in email messages or websites that the user visits and thereby enter your computer to let you know that you are supposed to be infected with a virus. The solution to the false problem is to purchase a security program.
The system aims to deceive the user and beat him by fatigue, as he is constantly shooting pop-ups that warn you of the supposed risk you are taking. If the user gives in and buys the product, he is delivering personal data and triggering the real situation of insecurity.
This type of attack has intensified in recent months and according to Panda it is currently multiplying by more than 7 thousand variants, which make life difficult for security companies and legitimate products installed on the PC.
The promoters of this type of initiative will, according to the same estimates, invoice around 10 million euros per month, taking into account that the program they propose to purchase has a price around 50 euros.
Users who purchased the fake security program did not receive any returns after paying the requested amount. To date, there is no evidence that users’ bank details will be used later, which could increase the damage caused by providing this type of information.
In addition to email and online browsing are common ways of inadvertently receiving this type of adware, the use of programs peer-to-peer, the answer to e-greetings or downloading programs with security flaws, adds Panda Software, which also refers to the identification of a case in which the Google page and entry was the vehicle used for manipulation.
Tek shows you some of the examples collected by the security company, which show forms taken by this type of adware.