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Imagine clicking an image as a result of a search delivered by Google. It is possible that one or many of these links will send you to a scareware site claiming to have scanned your PC and found it to be infected. At present, search results from Google, display images that have the capacity to infect your computer. Once on the scareware site, the user is then offered a SecurityScanner.exe (or some other dangerous executable) file for download in order to solve the alleged virus problem; the file contains malware. Only 4 of the 42 scanners used by Virustotal flagged the file as being a threat during testing. Tests revealed that the scareware managed to infect a Windows 7 system with Microsoft Security Essentials 2 (MSE2) enabled. The malware disabled MSE2 and added itself to the security center as “Win 7 Home Security 2011”. Users are then asked to pay to activate it. The infected system could no longer be used in any meaningful way. Warnings constantly popped up whenever any web page was visited regardless of which browser was used. The program does not appear on the list of installed software and therefore cannot be uninstalled easily. In similar cases, scareware could, with a lot of effort, be manually removed, but this software changed so many settings in the system that reinstalling Windows was the safest solution. Be careful of what clicks you make