About a million computer users every day are being tricked into installing what's called 'Scareware.'Î¾ Dave Marcus is the director of security research with McAfee Labs.Î¾Î¾ He says Scareware is a trojan, dressed up to look like a piece of valid security software, offering to perform a free virus scan.
"It gives you horrible messages that there's something wrong with your machine,Î¾ you've got 800 viruses.Î¾ And if you're good enough to pay them $29.95, they'll be happy to clean it for ya."
Marcus says the easiest way to avoid falling victim to the Scareware scam is to decline any unsolicited offers from anti-virus companies that aren't well-known.
"If it's something you've never heard of before, like XP-2010 Security Suite, or something, chances are it's going to be a fake and the results it's giving you are simply there to get you to buy their product."
Even though this scam has been around for a couple of years, Marcus says the people behind it are finding new and more clever ways to get people hooked.Î¾ It's expected that Scareware will become the costliest malware of 2010 — to the tune of more than $300 million.