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Scareware- A Very Dangerous Problem

It’s called Scareware because it uses a security alert to trigger responses from website users. Scareware is a very dangerous type of malware which can download multiple Trojans on to your computer. The Trojans include keyloggers and other nasty things which can do serious damage. With this malware come a few options, however, and there’s plenty you can do about it if you see it. When you see Scareware, if you’ve got local computer support people available at work, you should notify them immediately, because these Trojans can run riot in a big system. If you’re at home, we’ve got some simple answers to help you.

Scareware is a typical product of those wonderful people who gave us all the things that make the net so much more dangerous. Scareware is now in plague proportions around the world. It can be found on innocent-looking websites, and particularly on pictures.

Often the website owners don’t even know they have a problem. It can be found on legitimate sites which would be horrified at even the suggestion they might have any malware issues. There’s a way of dealing with this and helping stamp out Scareware, explained below.

Scareware basics- What it looks like and what to do

Appearance

Scareware attacks start as a sudden notification of a failure of your computer’s security, often using a common logo like the Microsoft security logo to make it look authentic.  These notifications usually come with red text and an authentic-looking dialog box.

  • Do not click on anything on the screen. Any click will set off an automatic download. The malware is superimposed over the entire page, meaning the whole page is one big booby trap.
  • Shut the tab, immediately, using only the browser. Report to a network manager, or follow the steps below.
  • Disconnect from the internet. Unplug the computer, so the malware can’t access the net.
  • Run a full security scan. Check the “Quarantine” area if you’ve got a live browser monitor.
  • Your scan should find a few Trojans. Use your security software to delete these things safely.
  • Check for any cookies used by the site using the browser security tools. If in doubt, use the “delete all cookies” function. This means you’ll have to do a few log-ins, but it’s a lot safer than the alternative.
  • Notify your bank’s internet support of a suspected virus problem. This will come as no surprise to your bank.
  • Run any malware removal or externally provided scans. These may find anything your security software missed. Your computer repairs service may also be able to help if you’re not sure what else you can do.

Hitting back

Now, you can make a “bad site report” through Google or the other search engines. They’ll need the name of the site, not necessarily the URL, to check it. This is a free service which will notify site owners of the problem. If they fail to deal with the problem, they may be banned.

The story with Scareware is to stay alert. Trust nothing and always keep your security operational, and you shouldn’t have too many issues.

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