Written by Pavan Kumar on July 15, 2008
Lots of discussion is going on throughout the internet regarding online security. A forum topic on bleepingcomputer.com catched my interest and I would like to inform all my readers about that considering the security of all internet users. Coming to the topic, have you ever seen Google tips appearing on Google home page? No, never, throughout my journey in internet, I have never noticed anything other than the search box, some text and sometimes a special Google logo based on occations and in very rare and lucky cases some fuzzy things while they experiment.
Today I am discussing about a very important thing which all of you need to be aware of. While you browse through your IE browser and on some sites, you will find a tip that your antivirus 2009 software is not registered and you need to register to keep your PC secure. Did you ever see that? If yes, you are infected. Take a look at the following screenshot.
The advertisement is a link which leads you to a harmful site http://microsoft [dot] browserprotectioncenter [dot] com. Which, when I tried to visit, my antivirus software blocked that stating it to be a harmful site. To make you all clear, it is not a site which belongs to microsoft. But it is under a domain browserprotectioncenter.com and the above url is a subdomain on this domain. Usually newbies will not notice that it is some site not administrated by microsoft. Thanks for antivirus softwares and also firefox which save us from many such threats.
And if you visit that site, you will notice some warning that your system is infected with a serious threat which can only be cleaned by registered version of antivirus 2009 which can be obtained by paying some handsome amount. Many such threats may be found online and many are emerging.
Hats off to the creator of such a most misguiding hack/ hijack.
Solution: Uninstall instructions for antivirus 2009.
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