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Why does my AV software keep turning off?
Bob writes: My antivirus software keeps turning off and I can’t get it back on. Here are the most common reasons you might encounter this problem: Your computer is already infected with rogue security software The warning that you’re antivirus software is turned off might be a...
25 Jul 2013
Watch out for fake Java updates
You may have seen reports about security alerts for Java recently. Java is a commonly used piece of software from Oracle, so there’s a good chance you have it installed on your computer. Cybercriminals often use fake virus alerts to lure you into buying fraudulent antivirus software. These alerts...
28 Jan 2013
Take care with ransomware
Have you ever received an email or seen a warning page on a website claiming that legal authorities had detected illegal activities on your computer? This scam infects your computer with a type of malicious software called “ransomware.” The aim of ransomware is to prevent you from using...
4 Dec 2012
Avoid scam phone calls
Gabby writes: I just wanted to let you know that I received a phone call this evening from a guy called “Daniel” from “Technical Maintenance of Microsoft Windows.” He said that Microsoft had received error messages from my computer and he asked me to turn my computer on and...
22 Aug 2012
How do I get rid of all of these security warnings?
Donald asks: How do I eliminate the security warnings that pop up every time I open a new page? Donald’s question has two answers. Answer #1: They are fake security warnings Donald notes that the warnings “pop up” and happen every time he opens a new page, which makes us...
26 Jul 2012
FBI warns against hotel net connections
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a warning earlier this month that travelers should be careful using Internet connections in hotels. Some travelers had inadvertently downloaded malicious software onto their computers when they accepted fake security updates. Reportedly, hackers had...
22 May 2012
Fake security software: Know the risks
If you’re browsing the web and you see a security warning, beware. Cybercriminals use fake security warnings (also known as “ rogue security software ”) to steal personal information or to charge you for a program that doesn’t work. You should only download software from a...
23 Jun 2011
Beware of bin Laden malware on the web and in email
If you’re searching for news about or pictures of Osama bin Laden, you might find malware instead. This week the FBI warned computer users to be especially careful of emails that claim to show photos or videos of bin Laden’s death. Cybercriminals are quick to put up fraudulent websites...
4 May 2011
Watch out for Security Essentials 2011
The Microsoft Malware Protection Center reports that there's a new name for an old version of fake security software (also known as rogue security software .) Security Essentials 2011 pretends to be antivirus software from Microsoft, but instead of protecting you from malicious software it infects...
29 Nov 2010
What is Win32/FakeRean?
Our friends on the Microsoft support team tell us that they’ve heard a lot of complaints lately about Win32/FakeRean , a rogue antivirus program that claims to scan your computer for viruses and spyware and displays fake warnings. Win32/FakeRean isn’t new. According to the Microsoft Malware...
25 May 2010
Watch our new rogue security software videos
If you’ve ever seen suspicious pop-up ads with urgent warnings to download security software, you’re not alone. According to the most recent Microsoft Security Intelligence Report , fake security software (also known as rogue security software ) is the most prevalent trend in malicious software today...
8 Apr 2010
Don’t fall for phony phone tech support
Here's another form of Internet fraud that combines a variety of other common scams- social engineering , fake security software , and phishing . Cybercriminals have started calling people on the telephone, claiming to be from Microsoft, and offering to help solve their computer problems. Once cybercriminals...
8 Mar 2010
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