Fake Google Antivirus Circulates

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 @ 01:03 PM gHale

Ever resourceful, cyber bad guys are trying to take advantage of Google’s name and logo to push malware onto unsuspecting users.

A number of pages offering “Google antivirus” software and threatening to block the users’ access to Google services because of an infection have recently popped up and appear among Google and Bing search results, according to GFI researchers.

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The offered software is actually a rogue AV solution that has nothing to do with the Internet giant, and will try to bilk money from the victims.

It is worth to note that currently very few AV solutions detect the variant in question, so users should be very careful when offered software without having asked for it themselves.

While the page looks like a Google offering, take a look at the URL and see if it has anything to do with the company. In this case, it did not, so that is a giveaway about the malicious nature of the offer.