According to a new Symantec report on cyber crime, tens of millions of U.S. computers are loaded with scam security software their owners might have paid for but that only makes the machines more vulnerable, Reuters reports. Cyber thieves are increasingly planting fake security alerts that pop up when computer users access a legitimate web site. The "alert" warns them of a virus and offers security software, sometimes for free and sometimes for a fee. "Lots of times, in fact, they’re a conduit for attackers to take over your machine," said Vincent Weafer, Symantec’s vice president for security response. Symantec found 250 varieties of scam security software with legitimate-sounding names such as Antivirus 2010 and SpywareGuard 2008, and about 43 million attempted downloads in the last year…

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