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Winfixer invades AOL network

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 24-Mar-2007 15:13

A couple of weeks ago there was a case of an adware/spyware/fake cleaner whatever being spread through the MSN Messenger network. It looks like those guys are at it again, this time infecting AOL pages, according to Spyware Sucks.

Upon visiting a page on AOL Money news the user is automatically redirected to another domain outside the AOL network. This domain will try to load a "scanner" using those pesky messages "You computer is at risk".

The guys insist, and even if you click CANCEL or the [X] button a few times the site still tries to load their "software".

Spyware Sucks has a complete report, including screenshots taken during the whole thing. They go to such extent as to disable the CANCEL button, leaving the user no other option than to click OK or close the browser entirely!

Once again, installing spyware or any other software requires user consent. If you click OK then that's not much that an OS can do. You must pay attention to the messages and not click OK or INSTALL or RUN for anything that pops up out of the blue.





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