Microsoft Attacks Internet Antivirus

June 10, 2009

Microsoft’s latest update of the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) addresses a growing problem faced by increasing numbers of Microsoft business clients of Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans.  The growing problem is a faux ‘anti-virus’ program called Internet Antivirus Pro.

If you haven’t experienced this gem, then consider yourself fortunate.  Internet Antivirus installs a browser component that displays fake messages, and it also pops up a fake Windows Security Center.  The rogue program operates under the guise of security software and attempts to scam users into installing malware.

The software uses fake warning messages and pretends to scan the infected computer. However instead of scanning, Internet Antivirus downloads software that looks for FTP user names and passwordsThe underlying goal of Internet Antivirus is to allow its authors to install software on web servers.

Onsite Computer Services encountered Internet Antivirus in the middle of 2008; however lately Internet Antivirus is appearing on an increasing number of PCs.  To address this growing threat, Microsoft updated the MSRT as part of its monthly security updates. This month’s set of patches addresses 31 vulnerabilities and includes critical updates for Windows, Internet Explorer and OfficeOnsite Computer highly recommends installing these updates.  Thanks to Microsoft for the demise of Internet Antivirus Pro.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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