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Rogue Security Product Copies McAfee’s Look and Feel

Postby Spudz » Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:57 am

Rogue Security Product Copies McAfee’s Look and Feel
Tuesday November 10, 2009 at 11:22 am CST
Posted by Girish Pillai

How good are you at identifying a genuine security product from an imposter that claims to offer protection? If you think you are good at it, then have a look at the images below.

Recently we have seen the rapid growth of rogue anti-virus/spyware programs. This one is especially interesting. Why? Because it mimics McAfee’s security product. This rogue software displays the same user interface as McAfee Security Center. It also offers a web page that looks similar to McAfee’s legitimate site.

I suppose we should be flattered that malware authors have chosen our product as one worth imitating. Rogue anti-virus products have long mimicked Microsoft’s security apps in Windows XP (FakeAlert-XPSecCenter) and Windows Vista/Windows 7 (FakeAlert-EA).

The idea behind fake AV software is to trick unsuspecting users into thinking their machines are infected. The malware will display a window that shows many innocent files detected arbitrarily as compromised. These fake security alerts are baseless–they exist to trick victims into pressing the panic button. In this case agreeing to “Remove all threats now” will lead to purchasing the MaCatte Antivirus 2009 product. The rogue software offers several “features”:

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