An example of Malware currently circulating the internet. It tricks the user by showing problems that do not exist or issues that the malware has created. It then prompts the user to purchase software to fix the problem.

If you’re using a computer without any form of anti-virus or malware protection and are on the internet, your probably already infected. According to the latest reports from Pandalabs, a security research firm, in the first quarter of 2011 alone, there has already been a 26% increase in the amount of malware out in the wild. Over 73,000 samples of new malware have been detected daily – an extra 10,000 per day compared to 2010. 70% of the malware discovered are Trojans – malicious programs that open backdoors for users to control infected computers remotely, with or without the computer user’s knowledge. If you notice your computer doing odd things recently such as running sluggish, internet links not taking you where they are supposed to, numerous popups, you should scan your computer right away. You should always update your security program to the most recent virus/malware definitions before scanning. If your computer has not been infected, take note of anything you download, and always make sure you get software or files from official sites to reduce the possibility of a Trojan infection.

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