Viruses: Fake virus alert malware (FakeAV) information and what to do

Synopsis:
What is fake virus alert malware and how can I avoid it? What do I do if I have infected my computer?

Solution:

FakeAV software, or malware, is growing rapidly in its ability to fool you into downloading what you think is antivirus software, but is instead a virus in and of itself. FakeAV (also called Rogue Security Software) is a type of software that tries to deceive or trick a user into installing software that either doesn’t do what is advertised or installs other malware.

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