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Top 12 fake alerts used by cybercriminals revealed

Most commonly used malware threats identified


McAfee has published its list of the 12 most commonly encountered fake alerts

McAfee has identified the 12 most frequently encountered fake alerts used by cybercriminals in an attempt to access personal information stored on computers.

Many of the most commonly used alerts contain well-known brand names, in an attempt to win the confidence of the user. Windows, AVG and Avira all appear in the list, alongside more generic terms such as ‘AntiVirus Scan’ and ‘System Tool’.

Find out more about staying safe online, and about the threats of malware, in our online security advice guide.

McAfee’s most wanted list:

  • AntiVirus Scan
  • Anti Vira AV
  • System Tool
  • Smart Internet Protection 2011
  • Fast Disk
  • Good Memory
  • Disk Optimizer
  • AVG AntiVirus
  • Palladium Pro
  • Windows System Optimizer
  • Windows Security & Control
  • Windows Utility Tool

Stay safe online

These pop ups are becoming more sophisticated and can look very similar to legitimate pop ups. Which? Computing recommends closing any pop ups that appear and attempting to run your anti-virus software from the PC’s Start menu. A good anti-virus program should detect any malware that’s made its way on to your PC.

If your security software is slow or does not start you can try to search the internet for solutions to the specific malware on your system, as they are often discussed in forums where advice can be sought.

It’s also possible to download and run good anti-malware programs which can tackle these types of problems. Two such free security programs are Malwarebytes and SuperAnti-Malware malicious programs.

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