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Online ads more likely to spread malware than expected sources, study says

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  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    The last few time I got maleware, it came from an ad. Sorry to disappoint those looking to make money off ads, but you MUST have an ad-blocker set in your browser today to filter out most of these ads that might contain maleware. Also, a good virus scanner is a must.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 9:54 a.m.

    When I scan systems on our network with a virus scanner, I get very few detections, but scanning systems with a Malware detector - holy cow. I end up having to remove Malware, reimage computers, and spend vast amounts of time fixing Malware infections coming from ads. Most disguise themselves as legitimate security detections and to the average user look like a Microsoft warning. Very sneaky and disruptive.

    Oh, don't think your Mac is immune. There's nothing like a Mac with malware mimicking a Microsoft security warning! Just as nasty and just as difficult to remove.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 10:21 a.m.

    Are the ads contained in Deseret News' website screened in some way? Or are they potentially dangerous, too?

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    @one old man

    "Are the ads contained in Deseret News' website screened in some way? Or are they potentially dangerous, too?"
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    Don't take your chances. I got a very nasty malware from a KSL ad awhile back. Get a virus/malware scanner and an ad-blocker for your browser.