You need to stay VIGILANT!

Hackers have started taking advantage of the name Windows 8 and using it to exploit computers.

According to security firm McAfee, they have seen a malicious tool called “Win 8 Security system” that claims to detect malware.

The problem is  that it does nothing more than throw up fake warnings that it offers to “fix” in exchange for a fee.

From Forbes

“The Win 8 Security System is typical rogue, or fake, antivirus software,” writes Naganathan Jawahar for the McAfee blog. ”After infecting a user’s system, this malware scares its victim into buying the “product” by displaying fake security messages, stating that the computer is infected with spyware or other malware and only this product can remove it after you download the trial version.

As soon as the victim downloads Win 8 Security System, it pretends to scan your computer and shows a grossly exaggerated amount of nonexistent threats”.

This is very interesting that it’s happening so soon in the cycle and in this case, it’s just trying to get money.

In more extreme cases, these fake “ANTIVIRUS” tools could be used to implant viruses, trojans, malware and all sort of nasty stuff on your PC.

You need to be extremely careful what you allow to get installed on your PC.

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of EyeOnWindows.com, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. (www.learnabouttheweb.com) and The Redmond Cloud (https://www.theredmondcloud.com).

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  • Michael

    The tools that have been provided with Windows since Vista are all you need, couple that with safe web use practices your are more than adequately protected….

    Most other offerings are as bad as the virus’s they are supposed to protect you from, slowing your PC down with all he bells and whistles you just don’t need.

    Thanks a bunch MS…