Internet Anthropologist Think Tank: 300 fake Internet security vendors

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    Monday, September 14, 2009

    300 fake Internet security vendors

    Ok you want a good security program, firewal etc.

    How do you know the good guys from the bad guys?

    There are 300 fake Internet security vendors listed on the
    net. Maybe many more.

    Dancho Danchev has the ultimate guide...G

    How to find a safe security site?

    However, the most logical approach in that case would be to maintain a list of legitimate antivirus software vendors in an attempt to raise more suspicion on those who are not within the list. One such list is maintained by the CCSS (Common Computing Security Standards Forum), and for the time being includes the following vendors:

    AhnLab (V3)
    Antiy Labs (Antiy-AVL)
    Aladdin (eSafe)
    ALWIL (Avast! Antivirus)
    Authentium (Command Antivirus)
    AVG Technologies (AVG)
    Avira (AntiVir)
    Cat Computer Services (Quick Heal)
    ClamAV (ClamAV)
    Comodo (Comodo)
    CA Inc. (Vet)
    Doctor Web, Ltd. (DrWeb)
    Emsi Software GmbH (a-squared)
    Eset Software (ESET NOD32)
    Fortinet (Fortinet)
    FRISK Software (F-Prot)
    F-Secure (F-Secure)
    G DATA Software (GData)
    Hacksoft (The Hacker)
    Hauri (ViRobot)
    Ikarus Software (Ikarus)
    INCA Internet (nProtect)
    K7 Computing (K7AntiVirus)
    Kaspersky Lab (AVP)
    McAfee (VirusScan)
    Microsoft (Malware Protection)
    Norman (Norman Antivirus)
    Panda Security (Panda Platinum)
    PC Tools (PCTools)
    Prevx (Prevx1)
    Rising Antivirus (Rising)
    Secure Computing (SecureWeb)
    BitDefender GmbH (BitDefender)
    Sophos (SAV)
    Sunbelt Software (Antivirus)
    Symantec (Norton Antivirus)
    VirusBlokAda (VBA32)
    Trend Micro (TrendMicro)
    VirusBuster (VirusBuster)

    An alternative list of legitimate antivirus software providers is also maintained by the VirusTotal service.

    If you’re serious about security and care about your data, you wouldn’t trust your computer’s integrity to an application called Doctor Antivirus 2008,Spyware Preventer 2009, Power Antivirus, Total Virus Protection, Malware Destructor 2009, Cleaner 2009, Smart Antivirus 2009, Antivirus VIP orAdvanced Antivirus 2009, would you?

    Another practical step in recognizing scareware, is to research the potentially malicious domain in question by either using, or an investigative search engine maintained by Google’s project. The search engine is using a database of sites maintaining lists of scareware related domains, and greatly increases the probability of seeing the suspicious domain in the results.

    Keeping in mind that the end user has full control of the scareware window that popped-up on their screen — despite its modest resistance when attempting to close it down – downloading a copy of it, and once making sure you’re not going to execute it,submit it to a multiple antivirus scanning service such as to further ensure its real nature, may in fact help protect millions of users across the globe against this particular release since the service shares the malware binaries across multiple vendors

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