What is rogue security software?
Rogue security software is malware that poses as anti-malware software, often in an attempt to install additional malware or solicit money for its false services. The most common scam is for the software to alert the user to malware that doesn’t exist, then charge them for a malware removal tool.
How does rogue security software work?
Both a form of scareware and ransomware, rogue security software manipulates victims through fear. Malicious websites often display popups or alerts that ask users to download trojan horses disguised as browser plugins, multimedia codecs, or a free service. Once downloaded, the trojan installs the rogue security software.