Fake AVG

February 4, 2011

Many of you are familiar with, or at least have heard of, AVG Antivirus. AVG is one of our recommended security software packages. The latest version of AVG Antivirus is “AVG Antivirus 2011”. Now, however, there is a fake version that calls itself AVG Antivirus 2011. This version, however, is in fact an infection itself. It uses AVG’s real logo. It doesn’t look like the real AVG 2011, but it does look like a legitimate Antivirus. So unless you are familiar with AVG’s interface, you could easily think this one is real. But it’s not.

As most fake security programs will do, this one tells you that your computer has a bunch of infections. It will tell you that personal information is being stolen. And like all fake security software, it wants you to pay for it so you can clean off these supposed infections. Like many infections, this one tries to protect itself by not allowing you to run various programs that might assist you in removing it. When  you run one of these programs, it will tell you the program is an infection and it stops it from running.

The moral of the story is to be careful what you click on and what you download. If you want to download and install AVG, make sure you download it directly from avg.com. The same goes for any other software you are downloading. Make sure you are downloading it from the official site.

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