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astra -> Security vendors team up against fake antivirus. (7/16/2009 11:46:02 AM)

Security software vendors hope to tackle the growing number of fake antivirus products circulating on the internet by creating a public list of legitimate vendors and programs.

Run from the website of the Common Computing Security Standards Forum (CCSS), an organisation set up in March of this year by Comodo CEO and chief security architect, Melih Abdulhayoglu, the purpose is to give ordinary internet users something with which to check programs and publishers before buying software from the internet.

In recent times, the phenomenon of scareware anti-malware programs - which dupe users into believing that their PCs are infected with malware when they are not - has grown into a significant sector in the online crime world. Typically, the bogus programs ask for a licence fee to ‘clean' malware, and in the worst cases even install real malware on a victim's PC.

A wide range of vendors are named on the provisional list, including the big names, Microsoft, Symantec, Trend Micro and McAfee , with smaller vendors such as Kaspersky Lab, Check Point, Panda, Sunbelt Software, Fortinet, and Webroot, also prominent. The CCSS was confident that it had involved "95 percent" of legitimate software security vendors, Abdulhayoglu said.
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