Scareware Attack Tricks Targets Into Disabling Anti-Virus Software

Symantec has warned of a new breed of fake anti-virus attack, which attempts to install malware on target computers by tricking users into disabling their existing anti-virus software.

According to tech news site Information Week, the AnVi Antivirus is a fake anti-virus used as a part of a vast social engineering 'scareware' attack, which tricks people into getting disabling genuine anti-virus software.

Users first receive a pop-up, which warns them that the anti-virus software they are running is 'uncertified' and they need to disable it.

Users who fall for the trick start receiving fake notifications about malware on their system and are asked to pay a fee for getting rid of them.

The company warned that even by clicking the close button on the initial pop-up disables the anti-virus and installs malware on the computer system.

Symantec said: “The program reports false or exaggerated system security threats on the computer. The user is then prompted to pay for a full license of the application in order to remove the threats.”