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  • Google warns against fake anti virus software

    Fake anti-virus software that infect PCs with malicious code are a growing threat, according to a study by Google.

    Its analysis of 240m web pages over 13 months showed that fake anti-virus programs accounted for 15% of all malicious software.

    Scammers trick people into downloading programs by convincing them that their PC is infected with a virus.

    Once installed, the software may steal data or force people to make a payment to register the fake product.

    "Surprisingly, many users fall victim to these attacks and pay to register the fake [anti-virus software]," the study said.

    "To add insult to injury, Fake anti-viruses often are bundled with other malware, which remains on a victim's computer regardless of whether a payment is made."

    Read more on BBC
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