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Social Media “Click Bait” Malware Scam

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Link Click Bait ScamsSocial media “click bait” targeting has become a big business in recent years. “Click-baiting” is when a publisher posts a link on a social media website like Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest with a headline that lures people to click to see more, without telling them much information about what the user will really be taken to. Websites like BoredPanda, Buzzfeed, Reddit, College Humor, and Gawker (to name a few) use click bait headlines to lure users to embedded web content surrounded by advertisements. Click baiting has forced Facebook developers to re-evaluate their algorithm for what is considered relevant content, as currently the more clicks a link receives the more likely it is to appear in other users feeds. Wording a link with just the right message in order to get users to click out of the social media website is what “click baiting” is all about. While many of these links take users to relevant content (like this article), there are several new scams also using the tactic to infect computers with malware or attempt to steal personal information.

A recent scam Facebook users should watch out for is a video that is titled “[Shocking video] When you see what happens to this pregnant lady at the beach, your jaw will drop,”. The link actually takes users to a phony Facebook page which asks them to share the post before viewing the shocking video. The victim of the scam will be prompted to download a video software to view the video, but in reality only downloads malware onto the computer. The victim is never actually shown the “shocking” video but instead is taken through other various websites that attempt to steal personal information. The actually video this scam refers to is available for free at YouTube, but unfortunately is much less shocking than advertised.

Social media users should be leery on the links they click on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest in order to avoid being scammed or downloading malware onto their computer.

Alert: Fake Anti Virus Software

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Avasoft Professional Fake Anti-VirusOver the past couple years there have been a number of computer viruses that appear to be anti-virus software. The programs will appear to be scanning your computer and finding many computer viruses, trojans, and worms. Some of these fake anit-virus programs will even turn off the network connection until a payment is made into a phishing website.

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Computer virus mimicing anti-virus software

Fake Anti-Virus programs can appear to be “very similiar” to real anti-virus software programs to most computer users. However they are NOT really anti-virus software at all, and do not find viruses and worms on your computer, but instead are fake/phoney interfaces meant to scam you into divulging your personal identity and credit card information. It is very important you do not fall for this type of Internet scam, as it could cost you big and cause you future problems.

This past week a computer came into South City Computer with a fake anti-virus program called Avasoft Professional Antivirus. The customer understood this was a fake anti-virus program and immediately brought her computer in to have her data backed up and the computer fully restored to factory defaults to insure the program would longer infect her computer.

If you think your computer may have fake antivirus software on it, bring it to South City Computer today!

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