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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:13 am    Post subject: New spyware system mimics Windows Security Center Reply with quote

WinDefender is just the latest in a series of malware attacks designed to look like legitimate Windows components. But people have finally started to wise up to those smallish "alert" pop-ups, so malware creators are upping the ante with full-blown knockoffs of real security apps.

More information: http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/107193
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So does anyone actually know who or what company benefits from those who actually pay for this garbage?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not all of them (though a few individuals and a couple of "companies" are at least getting the fish eye from the FTC), but you can bet the groups behind it are raking in some cash.

I ran across Spyware Guard 2008 today; it also pops up a very realistic looking Windows Security Center message which even complains specifically about Spyware Guard 2008 not being registered and thus leaving the pc at risk!

Some info here:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/malware-removal/remove-spyware-guard-2008
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