HOAX / Trojan Warning

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Dawei

New Member
Nov 2, 2017
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#1
Clicked on a website that I scanned with VirusTotal and came up as innocuous; however, when I followed the link it directed to a website that stated I had been infected with a backdoor trojan virus, and warned not to close out the browser before calling a network administrator.

I am pretty sure this is a hoax, but wanted to vet it with this community.

I am attaching a screenshot of the pop-up I received and asking for any advice from those who are familiar with this type of malware. Thanks!


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Opcode

Level 26
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Aug 17, 2017
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#2
You can rest and put your mind at ease, it was just a hoax. This is common behavior from scammers, who will attempt to trick the user into believing that they are required to make a call to the number (which is not always free to call); usually the scammer will social engineer you into agreeing to allow them to gain remote access to your system which would allow them to display fake error messages and scan results. The end result is trying to get you to pay for fake protection or the alike.

The domain was registered at the end of the most recent month (26th October, 2017) and appears to have been last updated a few days shortly after the registration. The webpage will now redirect to the official Google page (do not attempt to view it again because it may be updated any-time to redirect elsewhere - you cannot trust the authors of such websites).

If you happen to run into webpages which appear like this in the future, the likelihood is that they are not being truthful and that there is malicious intent behind it. In some scenarios, malicious software is pushed to the user whilst they are in belief that they will be "safe" again after installation - thankfully rogue security products have died down a lot lately.
 
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Jul 1, 2017
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#3
These videos explain perfectly the modus operandi of these scammers: Malcolm Merlyn

The author of the channel, try to fight them in a creative way.

Sometime they do bad things on your PC, if you let them remote control it.
 
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Opcode

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Aug 17, 2017
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@lowdetection My favourite of them all has to be the CEO of Malwarebytes who did a few scammer exposure videos himself a few years ago, I am sure you'll be able to find them on YouTube still to this day.
 
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