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Windows 7: IE9 new scareware protection

06 May 2011   #1
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
IE9 new scareware protection

I know dear old Ed Bott is a confirmed MS man but this is an interesting article about how browsers deal with "social engineering" attacks'
It's comparing IE9 with Chrome and it appears that IE9 is ahead of the game with this form of attack.
I though it was interesting and useful to read whatever your browser preference

IE9 versus Chrome: which one blocks malware better? | ZDNet


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06 May 2011   #2
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

......

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.

~Lordbob
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06 May 2011   #3
mr pc

Windows 7
 
 

unfortunately to the unwitting scareware popups can be quite alarming.

my girlfriend's grandma completely freaked out over one (on a mac nonetheless) and is convinced she has a virus and will now pay money for a mac technician to look at it.

I also noticed and don't know how this happened. But my gf got one and somehow her browser was set to open that tab and site when she re-opened the browser, bringing up the false warning every time she opened her browser (FF4).

I could be mistaken about the tab thing, not sure how that came about - but it had her concerned for a moment as well.
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06 May 2011   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
......

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.

~Lordbob
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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06 May 2011   #5
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
......

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.

~Lordbob
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>


~Lordbob
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06 May 2011   #6
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Yup. Macs are getting this too:

What a Mac malware attack looks like | ZDNet
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07 May 2011   #7
Joshatdot

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mr pc View Post
unfortunately to the unwitting scareware popups can be quite alarming.

my girlfriend's grandma completely freaked out over one (on a mac nonetheless) and is convinced she has a virus and will now pay money for a mac technician to look at it.
Co-worker friend has a Macbook Pro, and got worried about similar thing. He opened Safari or something, and it popped up a fullscreen animated GIF of flashing red VIRUS and other bits on Icons..telling him his AV was out of date, and click here to buy this AV to "fix" the viruses he had.

He called me up to take a look at it, because his login password wasn't working to give him admin rights or summat to install this AV

When he arrived at my house, he opened the lid and showed me what it was doing. As soon as I saw it, I immediately noticed it was a fake .. cause all the GFX were of a XP Home computer .
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08 May 2011   #8
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Joshatdot View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mr pc View Post
unfortunately to the unwitting scareware popups can be quite alarming.

my girlfriend's grandma completely freaked out over one (on a mac nonetheless) and is convinced she has a virus and will now pay money for a mac technician to look at it.
Co-worker friend has a Macbook Pro, and got worried about similar thing. He opened Safari or something, and it popped up a fullscreen animated GIF of flashing red VIRUS and other bits on Icons..telling him his AV was out of date, and click here to buy this AV to "fix" the viruses he had.

He called me up to take a look at it, because his login password wasn't working to give him admin rights or summat to install this AV

When he arrived at my house, he opened the lid and showed me what it was doing. As soon as I saw it, I immediately noticed it was a fake .. cause all the GFX were of a XP Home computer .
What in the name of god is "summat"?
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08 May 2011   #9
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

"Summat" is a good old-fashioned way of saying "something" over here in the UK.

Similarly, "nowt" means "nothing".
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10 May 2011   #10
Joshatdot

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

i use 'summat' for shortening 'something or other like that' or 'something like that' .. summat!
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