Another imposter anti-virus software calling itself ‘Secure Bit’ is trying to fraudulently get users’ money after it convinces them that their computer is infected with viruses. If the user is not cooperating with the demands, the software locks the screen.
This anti-virus software pretender combines two methods of fraud – the fake anti-virus software and a malware that supposedly locks the screen in order to make the victim pay money to unlock. After the user installs this free “anti-virus” software it immediately notifies that the security level of the computer is low and which they need to call for support to address the found “threats”. At this point, pop-ups are opened notifying the daunting number of threats found.
If the victim is not cooperating within a certain time, the software locks the screen, does not allow the user to perform any action and claims that the computer is infected and that in order to regain control of the machine they need to call the posted phone number. Talking to “support representative” of Secure Bit reveals that a payment of $49.99 is needed in order to remove the “infected” files and restore control of the computer to the owners. Although removing this threat is relatively simple, many users don’t recognize it’s a scam and may pay the ransom.
Fake anti-virus software were more common in the years of 2008 to 2011. In 2010 it was the most common threat in the world with tens of thousands attacks a day, but even today you can see thousands of such attacks every day. The most common one was ‘Antivirus 2010’, which was installed on millions of computers around the world and its creators were estimated revenue of millions of dollars.
To avoid this scam or similar scams we recommend to use only reliable software manufactured by companies recognized and reputable and not be tempted to install software of unknown provenance. Take extra care when dealing with companies that use methods of intimidation to try to sell you their product.