I received a email with a file attachment that was not a usual one. As the source was a trusted one, I attempted to open the file and got a message that Windows could not open the file and asked that I either pick an application to open it or ask internet based resources. The response to the latter was a document with a big banner saying Microsoft Certified Program (or similar) and suggested that I download ParetoLogic FileCure. Their lead banner also proclaimed sanctioning by Microsoft.
I downloaded as far as getting a scan result that said I had 3 issue files and then asked for me to register but the product was on sale; therefore only $35. I did not register but started checking on the software and the feedback on the company looks wonderful, best thing since sliced bread, but the individual user/tried it was just the opposite. So the question has to be asked; is this a scam and virus that appears to be very capable of destroying a computer or all these people poor unfortunates who just happened to have a virus attack at the same time. Second question - whether good or bad, does Microsoft endorse, monitor or go after people using their name, especially if not above board?