WARNING! Really sneaky virus attack I saw today...

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  1. mitchellvii

    mitchellvii Well-Known Member

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    Was just cruising around the web today and it appeared that a Microsoft Essentials Virus Warning popped up on my screen. It named a virus, and adware and a trojan that had been detected and prompted me to run a clean on them with the typical Microsoft Essentials Virus Popup Dialog provided.

    But the trick was this wasn't a Microsoft Essentials Warning at all, simply a fake one in the browser window. God only knows what horrors would have happened if I had clicked that. I closed the browser window and ran a REAL virus scan. Guess what, no viruses.

    Now I, and I'm sure most of us in here are are sophisticated enough not to fall for anything like this; but how about your less wary friends and relatives? This looked very real and could fool a lot of people. Maybe this has been around for a long time but I'm online all day every day and it's the first time I've seen this one using Microsoft Essentials. Warn your friends.
     
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    thanks for the info. Glad nothing bad happened to you
     
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    Well, let me put it this way. I see these things all the time and this one was so good I almost clicked it out of reflex.
     
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    Yeah, the fake antivirus has been around a while in different forms. Luckily, since Windows 7, most of these infections are contained to a single user profile. Some people actually went to jail over one of the fake antivirus scams a while back. Fake antivirus software scheme results in four year jail sentence | The Verge

    Another nice thing about RT - as far as I know it has not attracted the attention of malware writers yet.
     
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    I don't need to worry about this on my Surface RT has it infects x86 based Win32 binaries :starstruck:
     
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    I had the same thing happen when I went to the Microsoft forums today!!

    But I knew it was fake because there is no way it can scan my computer in 3 seconds.
    I bailed out of there and then I did a complete scan with my Avast and suprisingly it did find two in Microsoft temp files.
    I suspect they might have been put there by that pop up fake scan.

    But it took Avast 1 1/2 hours to scan my entire system with over 1 tb of data scanned.
    Of course just scanning C drive would only take about 20minutes.
    But when that popup said it had scanned my system I knew that was IMPOSSIBLE.

    Besides that I don't have Microsoft Essentials on my system. So that makes it pretty hard for that program to have done what they said it did.
     
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    That's what was so deceptive about the pop-up I got. It happened when I was visiting a well-established site I have been to hundreds of times. Somehow they are causing this to launch when you go to trusted sites. Weird.
     
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    I'm wondering if they have managed to put a hidden virus ON my computer that is doing this or if it has been embedded in websites.
    It happened again later yesterday on another site. Same popup.
    This time I didn't hit the x in the corner I close the entire browser immediately.


     
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    Yeah make sure you do a deep scan and not just the quick virus scan.
     
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    Heh heh heh, I've run deep scans, boot times scans, and booted into Safe Mode and ran a scan.
    Everything < seems > clear but .....
     
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    I love it when I see those when browsing on my Linux box.
     
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    Enjoy :)

    You are lucky that you run an OS that hardly anyone wants to mess with.
    Not enough users for the virus people to bother writing a virus for your system.
     

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