Malvertising might sound like a fancy kind of dry cleaning, but it’s really fake online advertising designed to trick you into downloading malicious software onto your computer. The most common kind of fake ad is for security software that you don’t need and that could harm your computer. This is often called “rogue security software” or “scareware.”
This month Microsoft continued its efforts to combat malvertising by filing five civil lawsuits against companies who allegedly create these fake ads.
For more information about the lawsuits, see BadAd: Going After the Malvertising Threat and Microsoft Advertising and Internet Safety Enforcement Team To Fight Malvertisers.
To help protect yourself against malvertising or scareware: