WARNING - Website link on Real Jock Hijacked

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    May 05, 2010 8:02 PM GMT
    And it's about viruses.
    My server is Virgin Media (UK), a package which includes TV Channels, landline telephone and Broadband, all covered by a monthly payment. The Broadband has its own Virgin PC Guard, included in the package, to protect against viruses, trogans, ad pop-ups and so on. It is effective.
    A few nights ago I was browsing the forums of RJ, and I came across one link which was supposed to link with a fun website about mis-spelt or badly worded public signs. After clicking, this aggressive panel from Total Security popped up. It said that I had 50 viruses in the computer, a worm and someone was trying to dig out my banking details. But if I were to install this file, it will clean everything up in an instant.
    In panic I did. All I got were panels saying "Activate now." So I did. Nothing happened. The computer shut down on its own, I was cut off from the Internet and Total Security panels kept on occupying the screen.
    I had to register with this site. To do so I had to buy it. The price was not given. It just wanted my card details straight away.
    To cut a long story short, the next day I sought advice from my Bank, with which I made purchases online, and also from Virgin Media customer services. I restarted the computer and as soon it was rebooted, these Total Security panels began to obscure everything else on the screen . They refuse to go away.
    At last I managed to get Recycle Bin on screen and immediatly clicked. After a few seconds the panels became inactive and I was able to clear the screen. Then I deleted the file permanently.
    The Virgin Media Guard did pick up some viruses left behind by Total security. The files which were infected were quarantined and then deleted, for they could not be disinfected.
    My point is, how could a company who wishes to sell their products approach us in such a way? By frightening the life out of me? My advice would be; don't go anywhere near their products!!!
    Had any of you had a similar experience?
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    May 05, 2010 8:05 PM GMT
    OMG You actually fell for that scam? It's one of the oldest on the net. icon_lol.gif
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    May 05, 2010 8:15 PM GMT
    Malware Bytes will get rid of it for you. It's happened on work computers when you try to close the window it downloads the software (bogus) and gives you all sorts of ominous warnings bout how your computer is infected. And also blocks you from googling the cure. BTDT.

    If you already have a good antivirus on your computer, you should know this is a total scam, as your own antivirus should alert you to any potential viruses.

    If you get a pop-up window that has any sort of antivirus name on it that is NOT YOUR ANTIVIRUS, don't click on the box in any way shape or form. Clicking cancel or even the X in the corner starts it downloading.


    Oh, and check your credit card transactions carefully. Someone said that this site is less about selling you antivirus software but more about obtaining your CC info.
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    May 05, 2010 8:21 PM GMT
    Everything ejay79 said is correct.
    Get AVG. It catches that scam every time it pops up, but you might have to ctrl-shift-esc to manually "end" your browser. I think I remember which one you were talking about...ran across a couple lately.
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    May 05, 2010 8:29 PM GMT
    NotThatOld saidAnd it's about viruses.
    My server is Virgin Media (UK), a package which includes TV Channels, landline telephone and Broadband, all covered by a monthly payment. The Broadband has its own Virgin PC Guard, included in the package, to protect against viruses, trogans, ad pop-ups and so on. It is effective.
    A few nights ago I was browsing the forums of RJ, and I came across one link which was supposed to link with a fun website about mis-spelt or badly worded public signs. After clicking, this aggressive panel from Total Security popped up. It said that I had 50 viruses in the computer, a worm and someone was trying to dig out my banking details. But if I were to install this file, it will clean everything up in an instant.
    In panic I did. All I got were panels saying "Activate now." So I did. Nothing happened. The computer shut down on its own, I was cut off from the Internet and Total Security panels kept on occupying the screen.
    I had to register with this site. To do so I had to buy it. The price was not given. It just wanted my card details straight away.
    To cut a long story short, the next day I sought advice from my Bank, with which I made purchases online, and also from Virgin Media customer services. I restarted the computer and as soon it was rebooted, these Total Security panels began to obscure everything else on the screen . They refuse to go away.
    At last I managed to get Recycle Bin on screen and immediatly clicked. After a few seconds the panels became inactive and I was able to clear the screen. Then I deleted the file permanently.
    The Virgin Media Guard did pick up some viruses left behind by Total security. The files which were infected were quarantined and then deleted, for they could not be disinfected.
    My point is, how could a company who wishes to sell their products approach us in such a way? By frightening the life out of me? My advice would be; don't go anywhere near their products!!!
    Had any of you had a similar experience?


    Be careful about downloading anything from the internet, unless you know for sure where it is coming from and that it is safe to download. If you are in doubt at all, best not to download. If you have internet security already installed on your computer, any pop up that tells you to download something to get rid of viruses is a vicious virus itself.
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    May 05, 2010 8:33 PM GMT
    Google Chrome browser automagically flags sites that are malicious and presents you with a warning page. You can choose to continue (at you own peril), or not.
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    May 05, 2010 10:44 PM GMT
    Thanks guys. I can assure you that no card details were submitted to that scam.
    It might be the oldest thing on the net, yet it is very dangerous, as prove it can catch out the unwary like myself, who is still getting used to the Internet world.