Google said April 27 that fake software security programs rigged to infect computers are a growing online threat with hackers tricking people into installing nefarious code on machines, AFP reports. An analysis of 240 million web pages by the internet search giant during the past 13 months revealed that fake antivirus programs accounted for 15 percent of malicious software it detected. "The Fake AV threat is rising in prevalence, both absolutely and relative to other forms of web-based malware," Google said in its findings. Fake antivirus peddlers rig web sites to frighten visitors with pop-up messages warning that supposed scans...

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