A few hours ago as I was uploading to photobucket, a redirect occured to a site called securitycleaner, telling me to update java. I knew immediately this was a virus. When I clicked the "x", my system froze for a moment and the "java.exe" downloaded. I did not run it, instead I immediately sent it to the recycle bin and emptied it from there as well. My worry is, could the act of the .exe entering my downloads file infect my computer?
I have scanned with malwarebytes, norton 360, and norton power eraser. I also used rkill to terminate any malware, but it found no malware either. Am I in the clear, or could I still be at risk? As my name says, I'm very worried about these attacks.
I use Photobucket very often. Your story is worrying.
But because I always use Sandboxie for browsing, nothing can download unless I permit it to. Obviously in the case you describe, I would recognize it as a scam and just ignore it - leave it fluttering around in the sandbox doing no harm at all. Any remaining contents in the sandbox are deleted on browser closure - gone.
I do not have Java on my PC and have never really needed it.. If a site needs it, then I pass on by. From what I understand, Java is not needed for general computer browsing, it is a declining necessity. Flash has taken over much of Java`s initial roles.
I seem to remember that I got a pop-up on Photobucket some time ago saying that my Adobe Flash needed updating. On the assumption that PB needed it in order to carry out their functions, I did update my Flash with no problems.
Why did your AV not pick up such a fake alert ?
Edited by Beaker77, 21 August 2014 - 03:23 PM.