This scam is still making the rounds and has had a name change from 2010 to 2011, just like the real product from Microsoft. The rogue security software wants you to believe it’s an anti-virus software from Microsoft. It then tells you in order to protect your system you need to purchase the product. Your opening up your system and at the same time giving sensitive information away!
The Microsoft product is FREE and it’s works great, you just have to make sure you are getting the right product. I guess the best method if you wanted to use or switch to this product is going directly to Microsoft.com and downloading. You should never accept an email or other methods where your directed to a site that you really have no idea about. If you ever want to download something, don’t use the link, but go directly to the source – at least you will be cutting down your exposure. Go to my Download page for LINKS directly to Microsoft!
Another great method is do some research first before downloading anything. Your on the WEB – read about the product before moving forward – you should be able to find some good information – It might change your mind if you see negative responses or it might push you forward.
The screen shot of the rogue software is:
SOURCE – Microsoft Malware Protection Center
Microsoft product and how it looks….