Fake Anti-Spyware Tools

Trend Micro make some good anti-virus and anti-spyware tools. One of their tools is called iClean. Unfortunately someone has created a fake copy of one of their websites that will install malicious code on your computer (in this case they’ve copied the Taiwan version of their site).

So which is the real one and which are the fake ones?

Real Trend Micro Site:

  • Anything that ends with .trendmicro.com, e.g.

Fake (malicious) sites:

  • hxxp://www.update-windows-microsoft.com/

These tips will help you avoid this problem, and similar threats:

  • Companies don’t usually send free applications directly by email. You would normally go to their web site to download it.
  • Have a good anti-virus / anti-spyware installed, one that is updated daily so it can protect you from new threats.
  • Pay close attention to a web page’s address.

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