So why do antivirus and antiviral/antimalware products costs so much to purchase?
It’s a cost but it’s also because the major antivirus-based products (like, Kaspersky or Norton) are the world’s most widely used. And they are not cheap.
Antivirus companies are creating these products to fight cyber-attacks which could ruin your user experience and cost you lots of money and fees. But according to a recent report, antivirus/antimalware products are also selling good because they are now just costing you 800% in online transactions since the beginning of this year.
1TB of data can go unnoticed in about 10 seconds by most security products. Antivirus software helps protect your data from malware, viruses, and spyware but it only detects viruses (viruses). Malware and adware is where the malware comes from.
Fake antivirus/antimalware is also becoming a popular way to try to defraud users. We would all have the same password for web banking but some free antivirus software will try to convince users to activate and pay for it. The advantage of some of these free antivirus products is that they will not enable your computer to protect against phishing attacks (social engineering tricks). These types of software allow you to inject your bogus malicious code into popular websites and infect the whole webbing. So to avoid that, be sure to install a security program on your PC for free and it would have the capability to protect you from phishing attacks.
If a fake antivirus comes in through an e-mail, your antivirus software will not even notice it. And hackers use these kinds of fake antivirus programs as a lure to attack users’ systems and transfer all their data to the hackers.
In some cases, users had to use their anti-virus products for several months in order to find out the real antivirus software for free. This is because most of the popular antivirus-based products are launched by a third-party e-commerce company. At that time, when a user clicks buy online, the security company only references a known “public API” to write a new security code and the consumer gets stuck using the fake antivirus/antimalware software.
Fortunately, it’s still possible to avoid having to pay for fake antivirus and antivimalware software and get rid of the virus once and for all through free antivirus software. This works in case the virus is from a private company (or hack), even if they are sponsoring the fake antivirus software.
But in these scenarios, you might have to repeat the process three or more times until you are able to get the real antivirus software.
For example, if you have antivirus software installed on your PC but another antivirus-based program comes to you through a fake browser/browsers. Then your antivirus software would stop detecting the other software and you would have to go through this annoying scenario again. However, this does not only happen to you. Every email you receive with a scare message and fake antivirus or antivimalware software might be telling the user to download and install it for several reasons. It could be because they are trying to lure you into infecting their own computer with malware. Or they may be trying to gain “ad-targeted” online ad revenue.
We would not blame you if you just did not get the antivirus software with your purchase, so keep in mind that, if you receive a threat from a phishing site and you want to bypass the threat, check if the fake antivirus was downloaded and installed by the legitimate e-commerce website (e.g. retailers), or by third-party e-commerce websites you have used.
Some fraudsters have even used their genuine e-commerce site URL in their fake security web sites. For example, one popular site listed their address as the real homepage of their company or the real login screen where you could access their site. The obvious difference is that the legit e-commerce site includes a warning on the PC screen to warn the users against any kind of phishing scams.
If the cyber-threat occurred through the e-commerce website, then the e-commerce website’s server is very likely not producing the malware that was sent to the user. In this case, the user received the malware code even though he did not click on a malicious link in an e-mail or from a fake webpage.
But keep in mind that even if you are able to ensure that your e-commerce website was the source of the security threat, you will still be better off using an antivirus software for free.