Millions of people are being tricked into buying or downloading scareware or rogueware. Pop-up windows entice Internet users by telling them their computer is infected. Users unknowingly click on the pop-up and buy security software that steals their credit card information or spreads malware through Trojans.
These harmful software programs not only infect computers with viruses, they leave behind a trail of fraud victims. Victims report that they lose even more money by paying to eliminate the malicious software.
You protect yourself by being cautious of offers that pop up while you are online and being careful of what you download. Many large and small businesses use filters or blocks to protect their data. If you need security software, buy from a reputable vendor through their website.
Source: Matrix Consulting – Newsletter