Beware fake Google Toolbar trojan

Researchers warned PC users this week to be on the lookout for a trojan in the wild disguising itself as Google Toolbar.

In the scam, affected users receive an email claiming to be from Google and advertising the latest version of the toolbar, according to web security vendor SurfControl.

However, when PC users click on the email, they're taken to a fake Google Toolbar website that looks similar to the real thing - but with a download option for the fake toolbar.

The advertised download is actually the Win32.Ranky.fw trojan, which attempts to turn infected PCs into bots.

The trojan also allows a remote intruder to route HTTP traffic through an infected PC, according to Sophos.

Get daily email updates

SC Media's daily must-read of the most current and pressing daily news

By clicking the Subscribe button below, you agree to SC Media Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.