I suppose it was inevitable that this would happen, yet I couldn’t help feeling a bit shaken recently when a new kind of virus scheme almost propagated on my business computer. I’m talking about a virus that presents itself as a legitimate, well-known antivirus program.

Let me explain. One day, a message from Microsoft Security Essentials popped up on my screen and warned me of an infection by a Trojan. I was ready to click the “fix” or “quarantine” button (I can’t remember which it was) when a strange thought occurred to me. Just what is Microsoft Security Essentials and—more importantly—is it resident on my computer?

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