Over the last several months, the number of incidents of fake PC cleaning software to hack computers has increased tremendously. According to a May 2019 Kaspersky report, fake PC cleaning software had reached over 300,000 computers!
After the malicious software is installed, it pretends to run a scan on your machine and reports false “errors.” Once you see the “errors,” the program will prompt you to purchase more fake software or send money to a company to resolve the so-called problems.
You can protect yourself against PC cleaning software scams by paying close attention to the links you are clicking on. If you make sure to download software from reputable websites, chances are you will not install malware. Use trusted software – such as Malwarebytes or CCleaner – to scan your computer.