Infection numbers of well-established fake AV families have reached the lowest level in years, and Microsoft researchers believe the drop is the result of the antimalware industry's efforts and greater user awareness.
It's a well known fact that a considerable chunk of Internet traffic is bogus, made by infected computers that visit sites and click on adverts chosen by malicious actors.
Scammers are taking advantage of Bitdefender's good reputation and are luring victims in with promises of free downloads of "Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015," the company warns.
The website of popular Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet has been compromised to redirect visitors to a website sporting bogus infection warnings in order to trick them into buying a fake AV solution.
Earlier this month, Invincea researchers have warned about visitors of video-sharing website Dailymotion being targeted with malicious ads leading to bogus infection warnings and the download of a fake AV solution.