Posted 12 March 2010 - 02:11 PM
I am a practitioner of what we can call "safe internet practices." My university's webmail host automatically filters spam and suspicious attachments from emails, and I have never opened a questionable email (let alone an attachment). I stay away from the darker side of the internet. Specifically, this past week all of my internet activity has either been on blackboard, a website which organizes course documents for specific classes by my professors, my email account, the website "science blogs," facebook, and ebay. I am never confronted with suspicious downloads or processes or pop ups which might indicate a trojan or virus.
Yet, I just removed XP Antivirus Pro, the 3rd or so fake antivirus program which has installed itself on my PC since September. It's not a big deal I guess, I know how to remove it (and I keep removing it), but I'm concerned that I'm missing something. I am never aware of this program or others like it installing themselves until the malware starts running itself. I'm not doing any scandalous internet activities- I haven't used a torrent program/website since the summer, and even then I never had these problems. Does anyone have any insights as to what is generating these programs?