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Don't download this fake anti-virus app

Don't download this fake anti-virus app
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I've been telling you for years to install and update anti-virus software to keep your gadgets safe. It looks like the Web's shady underbelly was listening, too. This app stole a trustworthy brand's name, but it's actually a fake.

Software company avast! has a solid reputation for delivering products that guard against viruses, malware and hackers. If you were to search for avast! anti-virus's browser extension in Google's Chrome Web Store, then you might end up with a fake. You wouldn't be alone, though, because thousands of other people have already fallen for this weird trick.

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Searching for "avast!" on the Chrome Web Store will bring you two different "versions" of the app. Here's a picture taken from avast!'s blog.

http://blog.avast.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/chrome_web_store_hl.png

Have you spotted the fake yet? You guessed right, it's the one made by "aydnyilmaz9." The story doesn't quite end there.

I expected to talk about a security threat when I heard about this story and - get this - it turns out that this fake is harmless.

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