Rogue security sites are Web sites that claim to offer you security software, but could infect your computer with viruses, spyware, or other malware. These fake sites try to scare you with pop-up windows and warnings that your computer is unprotected and that you need their software to protect yourself. If you follow this blog, you know that rogue security software is on the rise.
Cyber criminals who build rogue security software sites are finding ever more creative ways to get you to browse to them. Purveyors of rogue security software have started using malicious tactics to get these sites to appear as the top results in popular searches on search engines. This is known as search engine spamming or “spamdexing.”
So, be careful when you search the Web for popular topics or recent news events. If you see a pop-up window that tells you that your computer is infected, don’t click it. Instead, do a scan with antivirus and antispyware software such as Microsoft Security Essentials .
Here are a few other ways to protect your computer from rogue security software: