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Dangerous Links, Phishing, and WOT

A recent article of mine has proven very popular. It discussed the recent epidemic of “rogue” antivirus and anti-spyware programs that is plaguing the Internet these days — such as Virus Response Lab 2009, Antivirus XP, and — literally  — hundreds of others.

These programs are really the tools used by cyber-criminals to infect your machine with malware… not clean it up, as you’re led to believe. (The article link [above] has a video demonstrating a rogue program.) As a bonus, you’re asked to provide your credit card number to buy the “full” (or, “Pro”) version.
What do you think criminals do with those cc#’s????

Regular readers are aware that I frequently post ‘alerts’ to the latest scams arriving via e-mail. Spam.

Here the latest, a classic phish:
from: AccountRobot_donotreply@e-gold.com
Subject: Notification of e-gold account update
WOT
What I’d like you to notice is the red circle next to the hyperlink .

That is the WOT (Web Of Trust) toolbar’s (now automatically integrated into Gmail, because I’m viewing it in a browser) website rating.
I’m no rocket scientist.. but I am pretty sure red means “bad”.. and/or, “stop”.

This website rating — with its easy to understand color code — tool can really save you a lot of pain and loss from phishing and poisoned websites; because the criminals are going to tremendous efforts to make their scams look legit (and to poison truly legit sites).
I’ll say it again– the Internet today is a very insecure and dangerous place!

There are many anti-phishing tools and plug-ins and filters to choose from (some are built into your browser, if you enable them) but if you want a quick, clean, easy to understand warning tool– give the WOT toolbar a try.

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  1. […] lewisshepherd wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptA recent article of mine has proven very popular. It discussed the recent epidemic of “rogue” antivirus and anti-spyware programs that is plaguing the Internet these days — such as Virus Response Lab 2009, Antivirus XP, and — literally  — hundreds of others. These programs are really the tools used by cyber-criminals to infect your machine with malware… not clean it up, as you’re led to believe. (The article link [above] has a video demonstrating a rogue program.) As a bonus, you’re asked to provide your credit card number to buy the “full” (or, “Pro”) version. What do you think criminals do with those cc#’s???? Regular readers are aware that I frequently post ‘alerts’ to the latest scams arriving via e-mail. Spam. Here the latest, a classic phish: from: AccountRobot_donotreply@e-gold.com Subject: Notification of e-gold account update […]

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  3. how to remove “virus response lab2009”. it had been istalled in my system. pls help me

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    Comment by Hussain | October 12, 2008 | Reply

  4. Thanks, Paul, for pointing out Gmail can be made safer with WOT. We have a short video, How to make Gmail safer, about that very subject.

    And because our WOT users asked for it, look for WOT support of other popular web-based email programs in the near future.

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    Comment by Deborah | October 13, 2008 | Reply

  5. […] Dangerous Links, Phishing, and WOT(13 October 2008) A recent article of mine has proven very popular. It discussed the recent epidemic of 8220rogue8221 antivirus and antispyware programs that is plaguin… […]

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  6. Hussain–
    I recommend wiping your hard-drive and starting fresh, or hiring a professional to deal with these horribly nasty infections.
    However– the words “Virus Response” in the article are a clickable link to Bill Mullins article on removal techniques.

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    Comment by techpaul | October 13, 2008 | Reply

  7. Deborah–
    I look forward to being able to announce the improvements in your toolbar.. I hope we don’t have to wait too long!

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    Comment by techpaul | October 13, 2008 | Reply

  8. Thanx a lot

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    Comment by @9.99Ghz | October 14, 2008 | Reply


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