How can fake antivirus software steal your identity?

How can fake antivirus software steal your identity?

Now that the Internet and the World Wide Web are indispensable, a lot of crooks are finding ways to abuse these technologies for their own personal gain. While the web has paved the way for a lot of services that are making people’s lives easier, it has unfortunately been utilized by offenders to steal people’s identities through deceiving software and programs. These programs get into your machines and devices, pretending to help you clean up your hard disk or optimize your computer’s performance. Their real objective, though, is to get your credit card information and install some key loggers to make the job easier.

The truth is clear: identity theft through the use of electronic gadgets is a continuously growing problem. One of the most common crimes id thieves commit is identity theft using fake antivirus software.

Spotting the fake: how to tell

Awareness is the first step in avoiding this particular modus of identity theft, so you first have to understand how to spot fake anti-virus software. The first feature that you should take note of is that these programs are created to be professional looking with sophisticated user interface that will make it look like a legitimate and trustworthy application. The basic presumption here is that it may present itself in the same manner as legitimate antivirus software might do, but the judgment still rests on you. Will you trust a company that seems to shoving its product right at your face through irritating pop-up ads? Will it be safe to trust something that places ads on sites that are of questionable credibility too? Sometimes, plain common sense does the trick.

Understanding how fakes get into your system

Before you identify a fake antivirus program, it is essential to know that these frauds are well equipped to make them look like something you would want to avail and trust. So, how to these fake antivirus really works, and how do they steal your information? Here’s how you might pick them up and accidentally install them on your computer:

You may visit an unsafe website that has a fake antivirus extension on it, ready to infect visitors. If you don’t have genuine internet protection software installed, this will easily victimize you.
You may also click an email attachment that, in turn, launches the software.
You may also click on a pop-up warning or message that tells you that your computer is infected and that by clicking it, it will launch antivirus software that will clean it.

If you perform any of these actions, your machine will then be infected and listed to a botnet, which is a network of infected computers under a hacker’s control.

Scammers may also mislead you into keying in your credit card information in exchange of a fake antivirus, and it will be easy for them to get the rest of your information from there. This underlines how crucial detecting fake antivirus is in protecting yourself from identity theft.

How will you keep yourself protected from such scams?

While it is good to have genuine antivirus installed in your machine, most of the time, plain good judgment is what it takes to prevent identity theft with fake antivirus from victimizing you. The key is to be skeptical of programs that appear extra persistent on wanting you to purchase now. Legitimate programs work by word of mouth and have effective marketing strategies that do not include distracting and irritating pop-up ads.

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25 Responses to How can fake antivirus software steal your identity?

  1. Kani Tuvshintugs says:

    tnx i was trying to download SIMS 4

  2. Peter The Bloxer says:

    Why won’t it open for me? :l I have it and I click it then it says This
    program is turned off than I try to download something but it says NO NO NO
    D: ;-; Why? Stop It Computer Jr.

  3. Abem lol says:

    it sais that this app has been turned off and is not monitoring your
    computer plzz help!

  4. kiba BG says:

    Very useful THANK YOU!!!

  5. benchaffleck says:

    I’ve been seeing a small Windows defender icon on the lower right corner of
    my relatively new laptop. I cannot tell if it’s legit or the dreaded
    Windows Defender virus. It keeps saying I have issues with malicious
    software, yet I’ve run complete scans with Malware Bytes an Super
    Anti-Spyware and they found nothing. The computer is running normal with no
    pop-ups or inaccessibility to my task manager etc. Could it be this is
    legit Windows Defender giving me a nonsense warning?

  6. Nikki Blake says:

    I wanna download minecraft but its already turned off and i cant. and thats
    what mojang said to do . its telling me to go to action center and stuff
    and its so so confusing please help

  7. BluXRabbet says:

    It turned off…. I didn’t do ANYTHING 

  8. LuiMaster131 says:

    Thanks :)

  9. Edokimos 123 says:


    *likes this vid*

  10. Liquid bend says:

    I hate windows there so intrusive even if you uncheck all updates windows
    somehow finds a way to get them on your computer . And whats up with the
    windows 8.1 why is it that it makes your dvd drive or cd drive go away >?
    Do you have a fix for that ? 

  11. Sjoko Bror Is says:

    thx i was downloading farcry 3 subbed y

  12. chomno yann says:

    it is good but your mouse is make me pol

  13. cavs963 says:

    they say this app has been turn off and hasnt been monitering your computer
    so how?

  14. Yazidje Fazazi says:

    Thanks man, verry helpfull! +1 sub for you sir

  15. Olaf Granolaf says:

    for some resone the windows defender wont open for me plese help me

  16. VOP_ Slayer says:

    thx dude so helpful 

  17. markos bris says:

    is this mainstream software?

  18. anna bynes says:

    i accidentely disabled windows defender from windows wall defender thingy

  19. sulaman henry says:

    Most likely they were erronesouly detected as a virus from your antivirus
    and it has been removed.
    Add the ‘homefront’ installer folder (or listed files) to the white-list
    of your anti-virus or unplug it, then press “repeat” to
    restore a deleted files. ——-> thats what my game homefront is
    saying when i try to launch it please help i dont know what to do i thought
    i had to turn off anti-virus and i dont know what to do its still not
    working !! :(

  20. Unusual Bill's Hat says:

    It said the the app has been turned off what do i do D:

  21. LY Leonida says:

    what will happen if I turn off??

  22. Jen T-Lee says:

    It worked! Thanks.

  23. Almighty Tyy says:

    I don’t have a windows Defender

  24. KiiNG ARTHUR says:

    Great video man so easy! Now I can download things without it being
    blocked! Thanks so much, this deserves a like and sub!

  25. dylan mills says:

    Thanks alot

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