It appears that cybercriminals are placing their bets that some of you would.
Researchers over at GFI Labs recently came across a series of bogus browser update pages that warn users upon visit that their browser is out-of-date and pretend to run a “system scan” before asking the user to download a malicious file named “update.exe.”
“Running this executable allows the download and installation of a program called Driver, which creates a folder named Driver before dropping two files in it: uninstall.exe and app.exe.” researchers at GFI Labs wrote.
During the analysis, researchers found that app.exe opens browser windows/tabs with random surveys, connects to a remote server in order to download random programs (some malware, some not) and starts when Windows does.
The fake browser updates are currently shown on the following websites:
Other domains that are not listed may be included in the scam.
An easy way to spot the sites involved is by the shared content:
“Attention! Your browser is out of date. We recommend to update it. The new browser version will protect your computer from different internet-dangers and make it safer.”
Users are warned not to download browser updates from unknown or untrusted sources and to use the browser’s built-in update feature in order to verify that they’re running the current version of their browser or download updates as needed.
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