Close encounters with malware

Close encounters with malware

I play it pretty safe when it comes to web surfing and rarely venture to sites with unknown or questionable reputations. But just now I was on Facebook and after clicking a link I saw these two windows appear:

Message from webpage

Online Scan

Having spent lots of time eradicating “Personal Antivirus” from computers that should have been protected from this sort of threat, I wasn’t going to take any chances with any of the buttons (not even Cancel or Close). I used Task Manager to shut down all Internet Explorer windows.

Never, never install software that offers unsolicited advice that your computer is infected. There are plenty of legitimate antivirus / antispyware programs on the market. If you need one, do your homework and go get one of your choosing.

And if you ever see a window appear that looks like the ones above, and if you’re not sure how to get rid of them safely, it’s better to just cut the power to your computer rather than clicking things in an attempt to get away.

I wish this had happened to me on a test system so I could see how well my Trend Micro software and/or Vista’s UAC defended me against Personal Antivirus, but on my production system I just didn’t have the time.

Posted in Software, Technology on Jul 15th, 2009, 9:41 am by David Schrag   

One Response

  1. Angie Hockman
    July 15th, 2009 | 10:16 am

    I saw a similar pop up about two days ago, saying my computer was infected with malware, click here to scan. It I do play Word Twist, Bejeweled, and Farkle on Facebook. The message had a decidedly Windows look and I am on a Mac so I was not fooled. And I am not too fearful, but unfortunately, I did X out of it instead of shutting it down through “force quit.” I hope I have not made a mistake. Any advice for a Mac user on making sure I am not infected?

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