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"Wireshark Antivirus" Malware

August 4, 2010

A piece of malware calling itself "Wireshark Antivirus" has been infecting computers recently. It attempts to get you to pay for fake antivirus software. To be clear, CACE Technologies and the Wireshark development team do not and have never made antivirus software. Someone is fraudulently using our name.

If you are infected

If you have a real anti-virus or anti-malware package installed, make sure it is up to date and run a scan. If that doesn't work you can remove it manually using the instructions at the following locations:

Free PC Guides
Bleeping Computer

If you paid for Wireshark Antivirus

Contact your credit card company's fraud department immediately.

More Information

Microsoft Malware Protection Center
Avira TechBlog
The Wireshark blog