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“Antivirus” autoupdate from Conficker worm

In a new installment of the ongoing “Conficker Saga,” the worm installs malware that calls itself “Spyware Protect 2009” and displays warnings that the computer is infected (indeed!) and offers to clean it up for $49.95!

Experts are worried that people may be turning over their credit card information, just to get rid of the warning messages.

The fake antivirus program also attempts to install a Trojan that is programmed to download new versions of Spyware Protect 2009.

All in all, it might be a whole lot cheaper and less time consuming to reformat the drive and install Linux. (I am sure that some corporations think that they are smart enough [arrogant enough?] to keep a clean environment while running Windows [in a very “locked down” manner]. I once worked for one of those corporations. It was wrong. :-) )

The CNET article cited above makes fascinating reading.

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