Jersey City, NJ, July 14, 2009 - A common--and sometimes expensive--ruse entraps unsophisticated or unwary PC users. Small messages pop up on their screens warning them that their computers may be infected and that they should scan their computers right away. The messages offer a handy link to scanning software. At the end of the scan, the software tells them that their computers are infected and offers to sell them Antivirus software.
Fearing that the infection may damage their computers, the frightened PC users pay for the software. The software may be effective. On the other hand, it may not. In fact, the software could be a virus or spyware.
" Whether they pay for their security software or they use a free version, Internet users have a right to know that their software is protecting them, not exposing them to danger or adware ," said Melih Abdulhayoglu, CEO and Chief Security Architect of Comodo.
" The Common Computing Security Standards Forum will help all PC users by providing an unshakeable reference list of valid, legitimate software packages so they can separate the reputable ones from the rogues ."
A new forum of security vendors, the Common Computing Security Standards Forum , helps the public protect themselves by compiling a list of legitimate antivirus vendors. The antivirus companies on the list either sell or distribute legitimate software intending to protect PCs from viruses, Trojans, zero-day attacks, worms, buffer overflows and other malware. The list will help members of the public distinguish between beneficial software and online scams.
Comodo is a member of the Common Computing Security Standards Forum. Its award-winning antivirus and firewall software suite, Comodo Internet Security, is installed on over 15 million PCs around the world.
Antivirus engines that would like to be included on the Forum's list should email firstname.lastname@example.org .
To see the list of legitimate software vendors, visit ccssforum.org/software-vendors.php .
To learn more about the Common Computing Security Standards Forum, visit ccssforum.org .
COMODO SECURITY SOLUTIONS
Comodo Security Solutions, Inc., creates trust online by securing the PCs of millions of Internet users worldwide. The company's award-winning Firewall and Antivirus software are available as the Comodo Internet Security suite at no charge, in order to protect every PC from malware.
Comodo Internet Security suite's revolutionary Default Deny Protection™ protects computers from online threats with unprecedented ease and security.
Other free products include backup software, Comodo System Cleaner , and PC memory cleaning. Comodo Security Solutions, Inc., is committed to enabling an infrastructure for a Trusted Internet, providing online interactions with a new layer of security and trust, mutual and in real time.
The Comodo companies secure and authenticate online transactions and communications for over 200,000 business customers and has over 15,000,000 installations of desktop security products.
Comodo Security Solutions, Inc. -- Creating Trust Online®. For more information, visit Comodo's website .
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