Flame used fake Microsoft certifications to bypass virus sensors

Flame used fake Microsoft certifications to bypass virus sensors

Well, PC security experts are one step closer to understanding how Flame – the most dangerous and complex virus ever created – evaded detection for the past five years. Today, it was revealed that Flame used fake Microsoft Security Certificates to trick computers into thinking the virus was innocuous.

As you may or may not know, every time you download a file, Windows will scan it to see whether or not it contains a Microsoft Security Certificate. Some legitimate programs do not contain Security Certificates, for whatever reason, but it’s a fairly effective way of weeding out viruses.

Once the exploit was discovered, Microsoft responded quickly. They shut down the affected security certificates and rendered them invalid. Still, you can’t call Microsoft’s response fast when it took five years for anybody in the computer industry to even realize that the Flame virus existed.

The update has already been made available through Windows update, which means that most desktop users will be able to update their PCs and protect themselves from the Flame virus, if they haven’t already done so.

Avoiding the Flame virus of 2012

Flame is the world’s most dangerous virus. It’s concentrated in the Middle East, although several computers have already been infected throughout North America. If you want to protect your computer, Microsoft Security Certificates will NOT be enough.

Instead, try using good antivirus software like Comodo. Not only is Comodo updated regularly to keep your system protected, but it also offers a $500 guarantee to all of its users: if your system is infected by a virus while Comodo is properly installed, the company will pay for up to $500 of PC repairs. It’s tough to beat a guarantee like that.

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