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Offline Igor

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I posted a link in a forum to a legitimate long-established website.
When people click on that link in the forum sometimes they are redirected to a fake anti-virus scam.

Where is the hijack occurring ?, in the forum where I posted the link or the legitimate website ?.

(the website is run by computer literate individuals, the forum is run by computer novices) 
« Last Edit: 07/06/2011 09:05:13 by Igor »


 

Offline CliffordK

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« Reply #1 on: 07/06/2011 10:15:11 »
I am assuming this has happened to several people, and not just to you.

Is this the only link on the BBS that does this?

If many links on the BBS do the same thing, then it would be the BBS.

If this is the only link on the BBS that takes you to the fake site, then it would be specific to the link.

Carefully review the link to the "legit" website to make sure that it is NOT actually a link to a 3rd party intermediary website.

If the link is correct, then I'd be looking at the "legit" website for problems, and make sure they also run a battery of antivirus/antispyware programs.

I would encourage you to verify that your own antivirus is up to date.  And, also run a battery of antispyware on your computer. 

There are some suggestions here:
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=38107.0
 

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« Reply #2 on: 07/06/2011 11:57:45 »
I am assuming this has happened to several people, and not just to you.

Yes, apparently only Internet Explorer users.  The redirection is intermittent, approx 1 time in 5, i.e. approximately 4 out of 5 times the link works correctly.

Is this the only link on the BBS that does this?

Donít know, I have not tried other links on that forum : (I donít fancy playing any more Russian roulette today).

« Last Edit: 07/06/2011 12:01:02 by Igor »
 

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« Reply #3 on: 07/06/2011 12:40:34 »
I am assuming this has happened to several people, and not just to you.
Yes, apparently only Internet Explorer users.  The redirection is intermittent, approx 1 time in 5, i.e. approximately 4 out of 5 times the link works correctly.
Interesting observation.

You know, I haven't had a website pop up and tell me that my computer was infected by a virus since I rid myself of all Microsoft Software.

It kind of makes you think what the virus might have been!!!

Actually, I'm now getting a little curious.

Post (or send me a PM)
with all 3 websites.
The BBS where the link is posted.
The intended link.
The place it sends you.
 

Offline Igor

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« Reply #4 on: 07/06/2011 13:13:41 »
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The BBS where the link is posted.

The forum thread has now been deleted to prevent others falling into the booby trap.

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The place it sends you.

Partial URL of the redirect is attached to the first post. Itís a fake antivirus scan scam.
Most of the time the link works correctly rather than being redirected.

Thanks for your interest Clifford. It does seem that it is the (amateur) forum which has been compromised rather than the website I linked to which is run by IT pros.

« Last Edit: 07/06/2011 13:24:00 by Igor »
 

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« Reply #5 on: 07/06/2011 23:32:09 »
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"we recommend you to check your system immediately"

Grammarians would have spotted that was bogus.
« Last Edit: 07/06/2011 23:52:56 by RD »
 

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