Adventures in Malware
I was looking for a defunct website at the Internet Archive and stumbled across a place that had squatted on the name of the site.
That page redirected to one of those fraudulent sites that pretends to scan your computer for malware so it can trick you into buying their anti-malware product. Most of the time, their product is actually more malware.
I clicked “Cancel” scan and it pretended to scan anyway while popups cascaded. One give away was that the phony scan’s progess bar moved faster than a scan from a local disk could have done, let alone a scan over the net (and I have used internet AV scans from reputable vendors such as Trend Micro and Symantec). It then told me that I had oodles of trojans, viruses, and other assorted baddies on my C:\ and D:\ drives.
Here’s what it claimed to see:
Here’s what’s actually there:
Also posted at my place.