If it's good enough for a real antivirus, it's good enough for a fake one

I encountered a piece of scareware recently — “Windows Vista Antispyware”, which claimed to be part of Windows and to have detected viruses and other malware, and demanded money to “remove” them.

It was slickly done. The UI looked like part of the Windows Security Center control panel, there were only a few typos and stylistic missteps, and the infections it reported were the (randomly selected) names of real malware. But it would have been more convincing if it hadn't claimed the machine was infected with the dreaded EICAR-Test-File.

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