Threat of the Week

Bernard Willis f16rsdad at JUNO.COM
Mon May 18 22:45:43 MDT 2009

Threat of the Week
Rogue spyware/adware/virus scanners are rife on the Internet, often
hosted on misconfigured servers belonging to ad company servers.  Those
animated banner ads you see on many websites don’t actually originate at
the usually legitimate site, they are fed through that site from ad
Hackers can get into these servers and plant malicious Flash ads, which
drop the malware installer directly onto your PC and then generate some
sort of message that tells you you’re infected.
There’s no program that can protect you from these things.  The malware
is “polymorphic”, meaning that it changes its own programming code
frequently.  This allows it to evade detection by real-time virus and
spyware scanners.
Your best defense is to be familiar with the security programs that are
memory-resident on your computer.  You may have Symantec/Norton, McAfee,
Panda, Kaspersky, TrendMicro, whatever, but you need to be aware of this.
If something pops up or a slides up on your screen warning of an
infection and the window doesn’t specifically say it originated with your
active scanner, don’t touch it.  Don’t try to close it, don’t click any
buttons in the window, just move your cursor away from it and stop.
Hold down the Alt key and tap F4.  If it doesn’t close reboot the PC. 
Period.  You may lose work, you may lose information, you may lose
partially downloaded files but you may save yourself from massive
headaches and likely a visit to your local computer sho
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