Pharyngula

Spam and malware

Scienceblogs is currently suffering from a rogue ad that hijacks your browser and whisks you off to some wretched commercial site trying to sell you software to prevent your browser from being hijacked. It is evil, stupid, and obnoxious, and please do not purchase the software they are trying to extort from you. The sciencebloggers are all weeping and howling in frustration in our backchannel network, and we’re firing up urgent flares begging our technical people to come purge the vileness…but it’s a weekend, the tech people are all in New York, and unlike those of us living in Morris, Minnesota, they seem to have more exciting things to do than fuss over computers.

Patience. The ad will be destroyed. The advertiser will be turned over to an angry mob of science nerds who have been contemplating interesting punishments all weekend long. Karmic balance will be restored.

Comments

  1. #1 David Marjanovi?, OM
    October 28, 2007

    When my son’s pc was still running Windows he snagged a similar malware; the writer disguised it as antivirus software. He had not intended to click it, but he did while trying to close it. I spent the better part of three hours getting rid of it.

    Yep, never click “Cancel” in a window that asks you to install malware. It might be, and apparently is, a lie. Close the window instead — that can’t be faked.

  2. #2 David Marjanovi?, OM
    October 28, 2007

    sometimes, even that doesn’t work (key intercept script is running), and you have to resort to using ctl+alt+del to open up the task manager and shut it down that way.

    Scary. And there I was thinking I had been to pop-up hell.