Security essentials 2010 is the latest fake security software to use the Microsoft name to spread malware instead of to help protect against it. Security essentials 2010 is a form of rogue security software that cybercriminals use to trick people into infecting their own computers.

This fake software will not protect you against malicious software. In fact, it also asks you for payment in order to “unlock the full version.” Once the cybercriminals get your payment information, they can use it to commit even more fraud.

Microsoft Security Essentials is free to download. There is no trial version. You can download the program, find out more information about how it works, and see screenshots or the real product at Microsoft.com/Security_Essentials.

Here’s a screenshot of the fake software:

fake security software

For more information about this fake software, see the Microsoft Malware Protection Center blog.