Tuesday, March 10, 2009


"Hey, Mark. Can you check my system? I think there's a virus or something on it. My scanning program is coming up." This is usually how the "is my Windows system infected?" conversation begins.

It happened again at the office just today. One of the guys called me over to his Windows system wondering why an anti-virus program has popped up telling him that the system was infected.

I looked things over and did a double take. I couldn't believe that his system was THAT infected with spyware. It turns out that is wasn't.  It was a ruse.

It was a browser hijacker.  A faked system-scan screen shot was displayed in the browser.  It looked exactly like the control panel on his Windows system.  A pop up was asking to do a scan. Once clicked, it downloads its payload. It could be infecting your system with a Virus, or simply hijacking it to track your every move (something that gets reported and sold to marketing web sites).  Or it just may be installing a program that you simply are not asking for.

The point is, it's being done in an underhanded way.

If you run Linux, this kind of thing doesn't bother your system.  Even though you may (or may not) see this kind of thing pop up, Linux is immune from Windows Hijackers.

Linux is secure and stable.

Get Linux and get piece of mind.

1 comment:

colonelcrayon said...

If a person feels comfortable clicking the shiny buttons telling them they have a virus, they won't be safe on any system. I recommend either education or a slide rule.