Rogue security software, also known as ‘scareware’ is the method of luring a user into downloading fake anti-virus software.
This can be done using pop-ups in the web browser designed to look and act like particular operating systems. By scaring the user into thinking they have a virus, they are more likely to download the fake program. The pop-up may replicate the look and feel of the user's operating system.
Once the user has downloaded the fake anti-virus software, a number of things may happen.
The program may:
- Ask for your bank details to provide 'full protection'
- Steal your personal information
- Launch other pop-up windows
- Corrupt your hard drive.
If you get any message which purports to be a security alert: close all windows immediately, close the 'security alert' and use a reputable anti-virus program to scan your computer. If you do have a virus this should find and remove it.