BEWARE of “ScanVirus” – A “FAKE” Cloud Anti-Virus Service

With the wave of cloud apps appearing on the internet, I knew it would be a matter of time before malware would find its’ way into the cloud. Panda Labs, an international network of research and technical support centers devoted to protecting users against viruses, discovered  an interesting “cloud” tactic that is being used to trick computer users into infecting themselves with malware.

The cybercriminals in this particular case have created a pretend web site (called ScanVirus – Cumulative Online Antivirus Service) that lures the visitor into thinking their computer is infected (see graphic below). The confidence of the visitor is gained from the displayed logos that are “copies” of logos from actual legitimate anti-virus and anti-malware companies. Upon visiting the site, the visitor is prompted to download a file called “AntiVir.exe”, which Panda Labs has identified as being malware (called “Adware/Antivirus 2009).

Beware of ScanVirus

To learn more about “malware” and to download software to “protect” your PC, I encourage you to read the following:

“FREE” Internet Browsing Protection…

Taking A Byte Out of Malware

Protect yourself against FAKE Anti-Virus
and FAKE Anti-Spyware Software…

Basic Computer Security Precautions You Need To Know
(at Bill Mullin’s “Tech Thoughts)

Internet Plague – Rogue Antivirus
(at TechPaul’s “Tech-for Everyone”)


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3 thoughts on “BEWARE of “ScanVirus” – A “FAKE” Cloud Anti-Virus Service

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  1. Thank you for helping to spread the word of these Internet threats, Rick.
    And folks, please tell your friends and loved ones about this dangerous epidemic. As Rick points out, they appear very legit (many have fake “testimonials”, etc.)
    Just knowing that these things exist is the best prevention

    Being duped can cost you a lot, and not just your cash. (“Spyware infection” can translate into “total data loss”!)
    I know. As a tech, I see the damage they cause everyday.

    When it comes to virus and spyware protection (which you definitely should have), stick with the names that you already know and trust (avoiding everything else).


  2. TechPaul,

    Thank you for your expertise and advice… It helps reaffirm,to the readers of the blog, that malware is a very serious threat.



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