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Windows 7: IE9 new scareware protection

16 May 2011   #11

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]

Some City Slang....:

Urban Dictionary, May 16: edgehog

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16 May 2011   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Windows scareware fakes impending drive disaster

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Windows scareware fakes impending drive disaster

'Erases' files, icons as lead up to pitch for $80 to buy worthless utility

By Gregg Keizer
May 16, 2011 12:47 PM ET

Computerworld - Scammers are trying to trick Windows users into paying to fix bogus hard drive errors that have apparently erased important files, a researcher said today.
The con is a variant of "scareware," also called "rogueware," software that pretends to be legitimate but actually is just a sales pitch based on spooking users into panicking. Most scareware masquerades as antivirus software.
But Symantec researcher Eoin Ward has found a new kind of scareware that impersonates a hard drive cleanup suite that repairs disk errors and speeds up data access.
Dubbed "Trojan.Fakefrag" by Symantec, the fake utility ends up on a Windows PC after its user surfs to a poisoned site -- often because the scammers have manipulated search engines to get links near the top of a results list -- and falls for a download pitch, typically because it's presented as something quite different, like video of a hot news topic.
Fake system or disk cleanup programs aren't new -- Symantec has highlighted the scareware subcategory before -- but this malware goes above and beyond the call of counterfeit duty.
"[Trojan.Fakefrag's] aim is to increases the likelihood of you purchasing a copy of Windows Recovery by craftily convincing you that your hard drive is failing," said Ward in a company blog Monday, referring to the name of the fake suite that the Trojan shills.
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18 May 2011   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1

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People fall for that?
The Google Chrome boxes were OBVIOUSLY not from Chrome, seriously.

Though I will give it that, IE9 apparently has an annoyingly good warnings program. Chrome could step it up a tad.

Unfortunately they do LB. In another post I mentioned a lady friend of mine who opened some page which had a flashing banner ad "CLICK ME", which she of course started to do. I warned her not to since it could be some bad program or virus. Her reply? "But it says click me!" <whistles innocently>

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18 May 2011   #14

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there

There is a whole slew of "Cheatware" as well -- how many times have you followed a link for example to FREE DOWNLOAD -- only to find out the download is FREE but the SOFTWARE isn't.

Rapidfile / similar links are much the same -- you are directed towards another "Free" program" to download but you then have to "Pay" a registration fee to use the download or in some cases after waiting say 3 mins or more to use the "Free slow service" you get taken back to the "Pay" premium screen and the whole pathetic scam starts again.

My pet hate are those "Driver" apps -- they offer to find drivers / fix computer etc --but you then have to PAY to access the files.

At least these are "Open" Scams pure and simple -- usually they don't install viruses or malware -- however BEWARE of any adware which pops up with "Click Me" or other "invitations". This is a 100% sure method of infecting your machine.

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