Misleading applications, also known as rogue antispyware applications, use various techniques such as misleading task bar notifications, popup windows, and fake security scans to attempt to scare users into believing they will need to purchase the “protection” offered by the misleading apps. We have observed a new technique being used by misleading applications, one that involves asking users to pay for software from popular vendors.
As is typical with misleading applications, when executed, a fake security warning is initially displayed:
Then, a fake system scan is conducted and non-existent threats are reported on the system:
However, instead of the misleading application...