Additional information about FakeAV threats

Article:TECH191739  |  Created: 2012-06-26  |  Updated: 2013-10-29  |  Article URL
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This article contains links to additional information about the FakeAV family of threats, prepared by Symantec Security Response.



The main Trojan.FakeAV writeup from Security Response is available here:
The Technical Details tab has example screenshots from a range of different FakeAV threats.


Trojan.FakeAV is not a detection for one single threat, or variants of one single threat. It is the detection name for a full class of malware - one of the most prolific types of risks seen on the Internet today. With new FakeAV malware discovered on a daily basis, end-user education is an important part of the protection. The videos and other resources below are aimed to help users recognize this set of threats.

Videos and blog posts covering different FakeAV threats


Tweeting Misleading Applications


Antivirus200X: The "Spyware.Monster" fake AV scam


Fake Windows Security Centers


Misleading Applications: faking left, running right


Fake AV & Talking With The Enemy


FakeAV World Cup Campaign Ramps Up


Back to Basics with Fake AV


FakeAV holds Android Phones for Ransom


Android Ransomware Predictions Hold True 


Symantec Report on Rogue Security Software



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