Here's an advisory about search engin...

Here's an advisory about search engine result infections

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Ace

Denver, CO

#1 May 21, 2010
Here's an advisory about search engine result infections

I'm leaving this as an advisory after what I encountered. I have no where else to leave this as a warning to other internet users.

After being infected with a Trojan, I ran some tests of search engines for a few hours because I found this particular Trojan listed about 15 times within 19 pages of search results when I was searching for help to fix a mouse freeze up issue when I first came upon. Therefore, I wanted to see how common this was and if it were occurring only for that type of search result.

So, here are the results of my tests :

A new threat that's going around are fake search engine results on Google and other search engines which are really computer infections. A user will get a Trojan downloaded into their computer simply by going to the site. You can avoid infection by knowing how to recognize these. Here's to recognize it : The research result contains nothing but "keywords". Here's an example of one :

Let's say you typed in this for a search term "computer mouse freezing up Vista". The fake/infected search results with only keywords appear this way :

vista mouse freezeup windows vista freezeup keyboard windows vista computer problem with mouse computer problem mouse freezeup vista problems with mouse computer mouse freezeups mouse freezing up troubleshoot mouse problems fix mouse freezups solution computer mouse

These fake results will appear a lot at times, so be aware of this as well. Some of the keywords include Mac and Linux, therefore you don't need to be a Windows user to come upon these - with these other search keywords listed, these sites will even come up for Mac and Linux users.

Here's a sort list of the troubles this Trojan causes :

Besides infecting your computer, it will also infect any portable attached to the computer at the time (it did this with me). It's not only designed to cause computer "symptoms" but will also attempt to steal product keys to anything you have installed that comes with a product key, including the operating system itself. An example of this is my own instance of infection. After being infected a while, specifically it occurred AFTER I had removed the infection, a realistic "Windows Activation Window" appeared, stating the "ominous message" that the computer had "unauthorized changes made to Windows" therefore "Please re-enter the Windows product key". I did not enter the key since I knew it was a trick. So realistic was this activation window, that the only thing out of place was it claiming I needed to re-enter the product key and even worse, for the reason it gave-I knew better. If the operating system really had "unathorized changes made", it would'nt alert a user in this way - you might get a Firewall alert, antivirus software alert and it would be listed in the "event viewer" but NEVER this way, so if you see any such window it's a clever fake. I then reformmated and reinstalled Vista, however I was reinfected since it had infected my portable drive - when I plugged it in again, I got it back. To make a long story short, I had to reformat AGAIN because of this reinfection, but when I plugged a flash drive in I was infected ONCE MORE since it had infected that as well.

Conclusion :

As you can see from me relating my personal experience with this Trojan, it was a very nasty one. So I'm simply leaving this here to help others avoid these infections. Thank you and I hope this helps to keep others safer.
Ace

Commerce City, CO

#2 Jun 13, 2010
Hope everyone is helped by what I've posted here.

“What's Bugging You? ”

Since: May 10

N. Las Vegas, Nevada

#3 Jun 13, 2010
Let's hear it people. Do as I say, no as I do.
Ace

Denver, CO

#4 Aug 9, 2014
Hope this helps.
whatsbuggingyou

North Las Vegas, NV

#5 Nov 5, 2014
Ace wrote:
Here's an advisory about search engine result infections
I'm leaving this as an advisory after what I encountered. I have no where else to leave this as a warning to other internet users.
After being infected with a Trojan, I ran some tests of search engines for a few hours because I found this particular Trojan listed about 15 times within 19 pages of search results when I was searching for help to fix a mouse freeze up issue when I first came upon. Therefore, I wanted to see how common this was and if it were occurring only for that type of search result.
So, here are the results of my tests :
A new threat that's going around are fake search engine results on Google and other search engines which are really computer infections. A user will get a Trojan downloaded into their computer simply by going to the site. You can avoid infection by knowing how to recognize these. Here's to recognize it : The research result contains nothing but "keywords". Here's an example of one :
Let's say you typed in this for a search term "computer mouse freezing up Vista". The fake/infected search results with only keywords appear this way :
vista mouse freezeup windows vista freezeup keyboard windows vista computer problem with mouse computer problem mouse freezeup vista problems with mouse computer mouse freezeups mouse freezing up troubleshoot mouse problems fix mouse freezups solution computer mouse
These fake results will appear a lot at times, so be aware of this as well. Some of the keywords include Mac and Linux, therefore you don't need to be a Windows user to come upon these - with these other search keywords listed, these sites will even come up for Mac and Linux users.
Here's a sort list of the troubles this Trojan causes :
Besides infecting your computer, it will also infect any portable attached to the computer at the time (it did this with me). It's not only designed to cause computer "symptoms" but will also attempt to steal product keys to anything you have installed that comes with a product key, including the operating system itself. An example of this is my own instance of infection. After being infected a while, specifically it occurred AFTER I had removed the infection, a realistic "Windows Activation Window" appeared, stating the "ominous message" that the computer had "unauthorized changes made to Windows" therefore "Please re-enter the Windows product key". I did not enter the key since I knew it was a trick. So realistic was this activation window, that the only thing out of place was it claiming I needed to re-enter the product key and even worse, for the reason it gave-I knew better. If the operating system really had "unathorized changes made", it would'nt alert a user in this way - you might get a Firewall alert, antivirus software alert and it would be listed in the "event viewer" but NEVER this way, so if you see any such window it's a clever fake. I then reformmated and reinstalled Vista, however I was reinfected since it had infected my portable drive - when I plugged it in again, I got it back. To make a long story short, I had to reformat AGAIN because of this reinfection, but when I plugged a flash drive in I was infected ONCE MORE since it had infected that as well.
Conclusion :
As you can see from me relating my personal experience with this Trojan, it was a very nasty one. So I'm simply leaving this here to help others avoid these infections. Thank you and I hope this helps to keep others safer.
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