March Madness – Infecting Your Computer?

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎03-20-2009 09:54 PM - last edited on ‎07-14-2016 11:06 AM by Geek Squad Agent (19,648 Views)

Recently, hackers developed a malicious javascript code to insert seemingly related Web sites into your search engine results. Users clicking on these rogue links encounter a message telling them to download additional software to view that page. Doing so will infect the computer with malware.


So how does this happen?


Google and many other popular search engines are targeted by hackers because of their huge user base. Web sites indexed by these search engines that fail to defend themselves adequately against known javascript loopholes leave themselves vulnerable to the whims of the hackers. Compromised Web site links that show up in search results lead to malicious software being downloaded on your system.


Why target “March Madness”?


Could this be the “Techie’s Revenge” against jocks for shoving them inside lockers back in high school? Maybe, but no.


Cybercriminals are fully aware that hordes of people tend to search for “March Madness,” “Superbowl,” “Spring Break” or other types of keywords at specific times of the year, and take advantage of such sites during those periods, in hopes of infecting as many users as they possibly can.


What can you do to protect yourself?


Malware creators constantly adapt their exploits in order to outwit your antivirus and anti-spyware scanners. Even keeping up-to-date with the latest definitions for your protection software isn’t enough to defend against these outbreaks. Nope, this requires being careful about what you agree to when pop up messages appear on your screen. Make sure you’re not randomly approving installation of software on your PC without knowing what you are agreeing to. Most exploits can be stopped simply by not clicking on the pop-ups that install them.


In the mean time, several software protection companies have developed extra layers of protection to help thwart these specific exploits. For specific recommendations on extra layers of protection, chat up an Agent at your local Geek Squad location, or give us a call at 1 800 GEEK SQUAD. Be careful what you click on, folks — but don’t let that stop you from experiencing “March Madness.”

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