Malware Alert: Internet Security 2012
We have been seeing a whole lot of the “Internet Security 2012” on the laptops that come to the Helpdesk in the past month. This piece of malware looks like a legit anti-virus scanner that alerts you that your computer is heavily infected (we call this kind of malware a “Fake Anti-Virus”) The trick here is that Internet Security 2012 will ask you to install a file that looks like a Windows Update but actually is the malware. The file is usually randomly named three letter executable (example: gln.exe) Once the malware is installed it will say that your laptop is infected and that you must purchase the full version of “Internet Security 2012” to clean it. Since this program is not legitimate you will be at risk of fraudulent charges to your bank account if you enter your credit card information.
If you see a dialogue box pop-up to install a random three letter program or Internet Security 2012 on your laptop, DO NOT click install. Shut down your laptop and bring it into the Walk-up for malware scans to ensure your computer is clean!
If you have already installed the malware on your computer and/or entered your credit card information into the program, contact the Helpdesk immediately for details on cleaning the infection and contacting your bank.