BEWARE GOOGLE IMAGE area on the Web. Rogue Anti-Virus Software Vendors Hiding Code In Pictures

Posted on April 12, 2011


It happened to me the other day; it happened to a student I know today.  All we did was click on an image in GOOGLE’s image collection and that launched the so-called Rogue anti-virus software that quickly made it look like they were scanning your computer when they were really planting a virus an/or tracking cookies and wanted your money to subscribe.

This is the first time I have seen this kind of thing attached to an image in the GOOGLE gallery and not on a website.

Here are discussions by professionals on how to handle these.  I just exit my browser if I can and shut down my machine.  If this software will not let me, I pull the plug on the computer and call my tech firm.

Here are a couple of tips from some professionals at widely respected sites. However, if you have a good machine, I would call in a tech.  You really don’t know what this software has changed in your machine that you cannot detect.

http://forums.cnet.com/7723-6122_102-341855.html

http://www.pcrisk.com/removal-guides/6182-windows-simple-protector-removal

Or visit Microsoft.com

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