Fake alerts, fake anti-virus, and “scareware” are unwanted “rogue” programs that have recently increased in number and sophistication, with thousands of variations released every day. These programs are part of a larger category of rogue programs that rely on user actions to insert themselves onto unprotected endpoints. Unsuspecting users are being infected by these programs in drive-by installs or by choosing “yes” when a pop-up says they are infected and choosing to install one of these programs. Here we discuss how these programs work and recommend three best practices to keep these unwanted programs out of your networks.
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