Scareware: Rogue Scanners/Rogue Antivirus: What is a Rogue Scanner? Rogue scanners masquerade as antivirus, antispyware, or other security software, claiming the user's system is infected in order to trick them into paying for a full version. Rogue scanners are often advertised as a free antivirus download or free online scan. Rogue scanner typically displays false virus alerts, with instructions to buy the "full version" in order to remove the fictional infections. Usual ways of delivery: Email scams disguised as greeting cards or breaking news alerts; Advertisements that offer a free scan or system tune-up; Compromised websites retrofitted to exploit software vulnerabilities. Symptom of a rogue scanner: Unexpected virus alerts from a product you don't recall installing Examples Advanced Antivirus [o] False virus alert [o[ Pay for removal [o[ Price given $49 may be highly inflated on credit card $190 or more. System Antivirus 2008 Method of Infection: Exploit security vulnerabilities to forcibly install. May attempt to trick users into installing a free security scan or system tune-up. Email scams: breaking news alert Just some highlights here- but any time you're not sure, don't!