The Microsoft Malware Protection Center blog reports that the Conficker name is being used to spread malware. Malware that disguises itself as security software is known as rogue security software –or "scareware" -- and it's on the rise.

Conficker is a computer worm that's been in the news (and in this blog) lately. Now malware criminals are trying to take advantage of the publicity about Conficker.

The good news is that if you have automatic updating turned on, your computer is probably not infected with the Conficker worm. If you're not sure, go to to verify your settings and check for updates.

For more information, see Cashing in on Conficker's Bad Name.


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