Caution – Trend Micro’s HouseCall Spoofed

The Internet is increasingly like the Wild West – at least the Wild West we’re use to seeing portrayed in the movies.

The strong, fast with a six shooter, secure tough hombres (read – informed), survive; while the weak, the insecure and the unarmed, (read – uninformed), get their butts kicked. Once again we have a situation where this scenario is likely to play out.

In the last six months or so, I have focused primarily on Internet security issues on this Blog, with a particular emphasis on the massive number of rogue security applications flooding the web.

Since not all security scanners are equal, or 100% effective, I have recommended, in a number of articles, that online scanners are a viable alternative to installed malware scanners as a double check to ensure computer systems are free of malware infections. One of the scanners I have always recommended is, Trend Micro’s HouseCall.

Cyber-criminals, not satisfied with exploiting installable malware scanners, are now trying to exploit Trend Micro’s free online scanner HouseCall. The uninformed Internet user is, once again, the primary target of these cyber-criminals.

According to  Trend Micro, a surfer using a search engine such as Google, with a search string such as, “free online virus scan by Trend Micro”, can end up on a spoofed version of  HouseCall by clicking the link returned by Google. Not surprisingly, the spoofed site informs users their computers are infected with malware, and then teases them to purchase a fake anti-virus application in order to remove the fake threat.

Regular visitors to this site are aware of the substantial threat posed by rogue security application. For more information on this issue, checkout “ Rogue Security Software on the Rise – What You Need to Know Now!” on this site.

Trend Micro advises all users to go to their website home page directly for product information and services, instead of clicking on links to individual pages brought up by search engines. This advice should, in fact, be followed for all searches.


Filed under Don't Get Hacked, Interconnectivity, internet scams, Malware Advisories, Online Safety, Online Spyware/Virus Scanners, Rogue Software, Safe Surfing, Spyware - Adware Protection, System Security

5 responses to “Caution – Trend Micro’s HouseCall Spoofed

  1. Thank you for the timely ‘heads up’ Mr. Mullins.

    I am really, really getting discouraged. Is it time to forgo plugging in to the great “world wide web”???

    • billmullins

      On average, I’m required to become conversant with 3/7 new, critical
      Internet, or application vulnerabilities, a DAY. I don’t know about the rest
      of the security world, but I’m beginning to hit overload. It’s becoming
      virtually impossible to keep up.

      Thanks for the comment,


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  3. David Smith

    Bill, your website is now my most visited tech site. Anything I need to know, I come here first; you are indeed, “The man!” thank you.

    I’ve been getting these spoof House-Call pop-ups. The most worrying thing is that they pop up from the bottom right, in a small box, just like the real thing. I clicked on it at first but then realised what it was. The thing to do if anyone is worried, is simply close down your browser and run RUBotted yourself. Et voila, no bots…