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There is new type of malware/virus out there these days called scareware.

This software is designed to scare you into installing it so it can get your credit card information. Basically, the scareware pops up down by the clock and notifies you that you have been infected by many terrible viruses. These types of infections are no longer limited to “porn” sites but are everywhere. Typically, scareware will pop up on your screen in the form of a realistic looking “scan” After a few moments you will be notified that you have 100’s of infections.

This is intended to scare the user into interacting with the program to “remove” the infections. If you click the remove button you will generally be shown a window that states that most of the “infections” have been removed but for the remaining few you will need to upgrade to the professional version of the program. The average user will get their credit card out and this is when the real problem starts. You give your credit card information to pay for the $29, $39 or $49 professional version.

Your computer has been infected with viruses, you have given out your credit card number and have payed a sum of money. Now that the attacker has your card info, they can go shopping. In return, the professional version of the software is actually more viruses. Nice huh?

Make yourself familiar with your anti virus software. Learn how it looks. If you see anything pop up that says it is scanning your computer and the message did not originate from your anti virus software, immediately click the X and close the program. If the program continues to run please call us immediately to get this virus off of your system before it does any damage.

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