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TechSpot not warning against 'AntiMalwarebytes' Trojan load

By TonyGuitar
Apr 17, 2010
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  1. Techspot is great and very helpful / generous. But this problem is getting lotsa folks.

    The term 'Antimalwarebytes', [should be Malwarebytes], is picked up in chat and forums.

    It gets enetered in search here at Techspot and the Trojan downloading site..W.W. Anti-malware-2010.org.....pops up.

    Difficult to warn against, I know. There are so many similar close-to-name traps one can hardly warn against them all.

    Malwarebytes is excellent!. I ran it and the results were FAST and better than expected.

    This malware cleaner is rising fast and sadly, the human auto-mode tends to type in Antimalwarebytes. [Human nature?], so lots of auto-mode people, [like me], are going to get Trojans loaded by that -2010 malicious website.

    This task, should you accept the challenge, is to warn folks when they enter this term in your downloads search window.

    I notice 'Antimalwarebytes' even shows up in Google ads. Those guys must be getting into lotsa PCs. Thanks, TG
     
  2. TonyGuitar

    TonyGuitar TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 92

    Here is the link to Techspot search showing the malicious web site in an ads by Google and the string of people affected below..

    http://tinyurl.com/y6uhv55
     
  3. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,602   +357

    Ok, so let me get this straight, your suggestion/complaint is about the malicious site that appears as an advertisement when you search using the 'AntiMalwarebytes' string?

    Furthermore, the advertisement in question goes to this domain name?
    anti-malware-2010.org ?
     
  4. TonyGuitar

    TonyGuitar TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 92

    Bad site shows in search and ads by Google

    Bad web site. Sorry, looking at the post, it may seem harsh. Not meant that way. Just trying to give a warning. Beware of search results for 'AntiMalwareBytes'

    The search result gives Anti-Malware-2010:eek:rg

    This is a Trojan downloading site... or it was for me, Avg warned in time to disable it with a scan by Malwarebytes. 2 Trojans affected 222 files.

    Not much Techspot can do to warn folks I guess.

    I realize there is a flood of requests for help coming in and only limited time to take care of these time-consuming things. TG
     
  5. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,602   +357

    There's at least a partial solution thanks to your feedback. I have added that domain name to our block list, so it should be banned from displaying in our search results from now on (takes a few hours for the ban to kick in).

    I can't fix Google's listings, but I can do something about it here. Perhaps you may want to report that to Google as well.
     
  6. TonyGuitar

    TonyGuitar TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 92

    Hey Julio,

    Great! One could not ask for more. You took care of this promptly and over a weekend, even though my request was not as diplomatic or tactful as it should have been. Nice!

    I have long since informed Google about the site. Not easy to find a channel to do that, but got through via forum for 'Ads by Google.

    It's a difficult thing to bar bad sites from showing up in various search windows no doubt. Cnet downloads seem to be in fixed text, not a search window. Guess that's a safer method. I never thought about it till now.
     


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