posted on Jun, 22 2009 @ 11:29 PM
I wanted to caution you about a pop-up ad you might receive from ATS if you are not logged in when you visit the site. The ad is designed to trick
people into thinking they have viruses, and initiates a download for a fake virus scanner called "my personal scanner". This type of advertisement
should be illegal.
I just received a pop-up from ATS that minimizes the browser window, and doesn't allow you to maximize it. It completely closed ATS. The pop-up
then claimed I had vulnerabilities on my computer.
Upon closing the pop-up you are redirected to a website that is designed to spoof an official Windows Explorer window, and it pretends to find viruses
on your computer. It then spoofs an official Windows Security Alert window with viruses, and then initiates a download for a fake virus scanner.
Here is a screen shot of what it looks like;
As you can see, the website looks exactly like the window you get when you click "My Computer" on Windows XP, but its FAKE.
The offending website/advertisement is called "mypersonalscanner".com without quotes.
DO NOT GO TO THE WEBSITE. Upon going to their website, it activates a REAL threat. My real-time link scanner recognizes it as a "exploit rouge
spyware scanner (type 660)".
This advertisement should be banned from ATS. I also think it may cause people to think ATS is hosting spyware, malware, and or viruses. Don't be
reply to post by SkepticOverlord
[edit on 22-6-2009 by 0nce 0nce]