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FAKE ANTI VIRUS WARNING
Fake Anti Virus Software
Trading Standards Officers are urging PC users to be wary of the growing problem of fake Anti Virus ("fake AV") products distributed online.
Over the past year, web security experts have seen a huge growth in such attacks, with variants growing from less than 1000 to over half a million. Many of the fake alerts appear very plausible, making use of familiar-looking operating system security messages and imagery.
Officers advise users to be vigilant and to protect themselves using reputable, regularly updated security software, and to ensure they are familiar with its operation and alerting methods.
Users should verify any warning messages by initiating security scans from within their own antivirus software.
No genuine security warning will ask users to download and install any antivirus software.
Effective online security is crucial, and in addition to running up-to-date anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall software, users should ensure their operating systems are kept fully patched by installing published security updates promptly. Internet Explorer 6 users should upgrade their browsers without delay.
They also encourage email users to follow their advice for avoiding spam
about Staffordshire Neighbourhood Watch can be obtained by telephoning
Staffordshire Police on 0300-123-44-55 or by visiting the OWL web-site
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