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Symantec Reveals Live PC Care to be nothing more than elaborate scareware

Symantec : 15 February, 2010  (Company News)
Anti-virus software company is warning internet users to be on their guard against using the services of Live PC Care as Symantec discovers that the service being offered is a fake designed to persuade users to take out subscriptions
Symantec has detected the Live PC Care service to be fake anti-virus software and is warning users not to be fooled by what is an apparently plausible attempt to get people to pay for computer support services.

Fake (otherwise known as misleading, rogue or scare) anti-virus software is big business nowadays with Symantec reporting 43 million installation attempts from over 250 distinct programs between July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2009. With fake AV software costing the victim anywhere from $30 to $100, this is a lucrative earner for criminals.

The fake anti-virus software known as Live PC Care has now gone as far as offering live online support to potential victims. If a potential victim clicks on the online support button they are brought to a live support chat session.

'After a number of questions we determined that it was not an automated script but rather a live person at the other end. The main aim of the online support session is to reassure suspicious victims that Live PC Care is legitimate software and that without activating the software at a cost, your computer system is at risk,' said Peter Coogan, Security analyst at Symantec.
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