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Trojan:Win32/FakeCanine is a family of trojans that claims to scan for malware and displays fake warnings of “malicious programs and viruses”. They then inform the user that they need to pay money to register the software in order to remove these non-existent threats. They change the user’s default Start Page and may change other security-related registry settings. Trojan:Win32/FakeCanine variants have been observed to use names such as “Secure Antivirus Pro.”
Reports of Rogue Antivirus programs have been more prevalent as of late. These are programs that generate misleading alerts and false detections in order to convince users to purchase illegitimate security software. Some of these programs may display product names or logos in an apparently unlawful attempt to impersonate Microsoft products.