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Bogus ‘HouseCall’ Search Results Lead to Adware

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#1 quietman7


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Posted 24 November 2008 - 10:53 AM

Given the popularity of Trend Micro’s free online scanner HouseCall, it shouldn’t be a surprise that hackers are now trying to exploit it for their benefit.

Advanced Threats Researcher Ivan Macalintal found this unwelcome search result that comes up when a user searches for “free online virus scan by Trend Micro” in Google:

Clicking on this link brings up the fake scanner...Not surprisingly, the system scanning is completely fake. In actuality, the page linked to in the initial resulting Google search - along with other pages from the same domain - all point to a file detected by Trend Micro as ADW_FAKEAV. This is the software that tries to dupe victims into believing that their systems are infected with some sort of bogus malware...

blog.trendmicro.com (screenshots included)

Edited by quietman7, 24 November 2008 - 10:54 AM.

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 02:24 PM

Although the idea is new as usual the execution of the warnings/results and the scanner itself is, thankfully, terrible :thumbsup:

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