Trojan-FakeAV.Win32.OpenCloud DescriptionType: Trojan
Trojan-FakeAV.Win32.OpenCloud is a very large family of rogue security programs. Clones of this dangerous malware threat include rogue security programs named Cloud Security, Cloud Protection, OpenCloud Protection, OpenCloud AV, OpenCloud Security and OpenCloud Antivirus. Regardless of the name of the rogue security application linked with it, Trojan-FakeAV.Win32.OpenCloud uses the same pattern of attack, in order to steal its victims' money. This is because fake security programs associated with Trojan-FakeAV.Win32.OpenCloud are part of a well-known online scam. These fake security programs, known as rogue security programs, are one of the most common types of malware infection and rely on a combination of invasive malware and social engineering, in order to steal their victim's money. If any of the fake security applications associated with Trojan-FakeAV.Win32.OpenCloud have appeared on your computer system, ESG security researchers strongly recommend fully scanning your computer system and removing any malware threats found on your hard drive. Failure to remove Trojan-FakeAV.Win32.OpenCloud from your computer system will, invariably, result in additional malware making its home on your computer system, as well as placing you at risk of identity theft or credit card information theft.
Protecting Yourself from Trojan-FakeAV.Win32.OpenCloud
While a legitimate security program that is fully updated and a firewall should be able to stop Trojan-FakeAV.Win32.OpenCloud from making its way into your computer, most Trojan infections will occur, despite the presence of an anti-virus program on the victim's computer. This is because most Trojans rely on social engineering (that is, taking advantage of weaknesses in human nature and of people's gullibility) in order to infect a computer system through deception, lies and misdirection. This is why ESG security researchers strongly recommend following safe online behavior guidelines to make sure that you never become exposed to malware such as Trojan-FakeAV.Win32.OpenCloud. Some basic rules to follow include:
- Always keep your security software and browser security settings at their highest security settings, and do not turn them off for any reason.
- Always be wary of opening unsolicited email messages, email attachments, embedded links or Instant Messages containing suspicious links.
- Never download pirated software, music or movies, as well as files containing illegal material. It is also important to always download applications and updates directly from the manufacturer.
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