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Guys, I've been getting these security alerts, with audio saying I've got virus from pornographic websites, which I know isn't true since the computer is a clean family computer. It has a phone number for you to call, and you pretty much cannot close the window. You need to pull up task manager and end the browser process. Initially, I thought it was a browser thing, so I switched to Microsoft, and I still got the alert. Then I was really shocked to get it on my brand-new repaired tablet, which had went through a system reset, so it's completely fresh. So I realize maybe this isn't a virus on a computer or a browser thing, since it's happening to multiple pcs, even a brand-new one that went through a reset.

The common denominator for me is that I like to use yahoo.com as my homepage and search engine. It's mostly my starting point, and I would bet whenever these alerts pop up, it's when I'm at yahoo.com homepage. Am i correct? Is this a known issue currently with Yahoo? Are they working on it? Please advise.

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34 minutes ago, moctodmalware said:

it's when I'm at yahoo.com homepage.

It happens on many sites, not just yahoo. I visit Yahoo.com all the time and I don't have those because I only use Firefox or Chrome and I have Ublock Origin installed. What you are seeing is an advertising redirect.

At least you are knowledgeable enough to know how to close those and not call the number. ;)

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moctodmalware:

Similar to these ?

I have created a 1series of videos generated from these fraud sites for the purposes of recognition and education.  They are all  videos from real web sites.  ALL are FRAUDS. 

All these have one thing in common and they have nothing to do with any software on your PC.  They are all nefarious web sites meant to defraud you of money. The objective is to, falsely, goad you to make the phone call and pay for some service contract for an incident that never happened.  From there they may continue to charge your Credit Card for other services, remote into your computer and do real damage and/or exfiltrate your personal data and they may use the information they obtain from you to commit additional frauds.

MalwareScam.wmv
MalwareScam-1.wmv
MalwareScam-2.wmv
MalwareScam-3.wmv
MalwareScam-4.wmv
MalwareScam-5.wmv
MalwareScam-6.wmv

I have also created a PDF ScreenShow of a myriad of FakeAlert screens - FakeAlert-Screens.pdf

Reference:   
US FBI PSA - Tech Support Scam

 

Yahoo! is known for not caring about who advertisers on their site.  They are now owned by Verizon so this may change ( albeit slowly ).



1.  Also located at "My Online Security" - Some videos of typical tech support scams 

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Thanks guys! So basically there is nothing we can do, right? I'm still super perplexed that my newly restored PC also had it. So why bother with a clean-up when even my freshly restored pc still got hijacked the moment I started browsing? I mean I still run my pcs through the usual programs like superantispyware, ccleaner, malwarebytes, etc. 

What I'm saying is we don't really need to waste time figuring how to stop this, right? I mean what more can you do than a restore? I mean seriously, I just got my tablet back from repair shop. The paranoid person in me will always restore the computer again after getting it back from people I don't know. I thought it was a chrome thing, so I decided my fresh pc will start using microsoft. As I was playing with the settings, setting up my home screen.. importing my book marks... Oh wait!!!!!!!!!!! Could that be it? Could a bookmark HTML file be infected with this?

3 hours ago, David H. Lipman said:

moctodmalware:

Similar to these ?

I have created a 1series of videos generated from these fraud sites for the purposes of recognition and education.  They are all  videos from real web sites.  ALL are FRAUDS. 

All these have one thing in common and they have nothing to do with any software on your PC.  They are all nefarious web sites meant to defraud you of money. The objective is to, falsely, goad you to make the phone call and pay for some service contract for an incident that never happened.  From there they may continue to charge your Credit Card for other services, remote into your computer and do real damage and/or exfiltrate your personal data and they may use the information they obtain from you to commit additional frauds.

MalwareScam.wmv
MalwareScam-1.wmv
MalwareScam-2.wmv
MalwareScam-3.wmv
MalwareScam-4.wmv
MalwareScam-5.wmv
MalwareScam-6.wmv

I have also created a PDF ScreenShow of a myriad of FakeAlert screens - FakeAlert-Screens.pdf

Reference:   
US FBI PSA - Tech Support Scam

 

Yahoo! is known for not caring about who advertisers on their site.  They are now owned by Verizon so this may change ( albeit slowly ).

 


1.  Also located at "My Online Security" - Some videos of typical tech support scams 

 

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Bookmarks and Favourites don't get "infected".  They are nothing but URL lnks.  Either they are legitimate or they are malicious.  A legitimate link doesn't become malicious.  Sites are another story.  If the messages you viewed were similar to the ones I demonstrated for you or are similar than the ones in my PDF ScreenShow then you are just unlucky to be another victim of a "malvertisement".  In my ScreenShow you can see that some of these FakeAlerts actually masquerade as Porn sites instead of just stating "pornographic viruses".  The fact you had an audio track, it stated you were infected and you should call a  number means that you are just getting hit with malvertisements in the form of FakeAlerts.  If you want to have "peace of mind" you can take up Ron's invitation to have your PC checked out Just in Case.

 

 

 

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