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Lavasoft Catalogs Scareware

Lavasoft has launched The Rogue Gallery, a comprehensive list of current rogue (fake) security applications. Rogue security applications, often referred to as "scareware," are becoming one of the greatest security challenges to computer users. Looking like legitimate-looking anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-malware products, these rogue applications appear beneficial from a security perspective but provide little or no protection, generate misleading alerts, or attempt to lure users into fraudulent transactions.

The Rogue Gallery currently lists more than 500 rogue applications, and is updated upon a new rogue program discovery. Using this resource, consumers are able to search for rogues in alphabetical order or choose to display the latest threats. Also included on the site is a link to "Submit a Rogue", giving users the ability to quickly and easily send any suspicious programs directly to the Malware Labs to be analyzed and added to detection if necessary.

Lavasoft Malware Labs security analysts monitor and apprehend these rogue programs, adding them to the threat database of its Ad-Aware security software to protect users. According to Malware Labs analysts, the number of rogue applications is rising at an alarming rate; November 2009 alone saw the release of 22 new rogues -- almost one new rogue program per day.

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