Fake Windows Internet Security

February 21, 2010 at 06:41:53
Specs: Macintosh 10.6.2
On a MacBook Pro. Yes a Mac. Running Firefox 3.6. While browsing, I randomly get at "Windows Internet Security alert" directing me of course to download some bogus .exe from website registered in the Bahamas. Cannot determine how to rid myself of this infection I suspect of Firefox.

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#1
February 21, 2010 at 12:55:24
'Malwarebytes AntiMalware' should detect and remove it:

http://www.malwarebytes.org/


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#2
February 21, 2010 at 12:57:46
Oops - sorry. MBAM won't run on a mac.

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#3
February 21, 2010 at 14:04:59
Wait. If it's a Mac, then how can your registry/system be affected by an .exe file?..I've run Linux Ubuntu/Mint and have had similar pop ups from sites like that, and it couldn't even touch my system.

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#4
February 22, 2010 at 14:38:40
yes, that is it, it is on a MAC, firefox on a mac, and I get a "Windows Internet Security" pop up. Clicking allow of course requests to download some .exe file. BUT, the dialog is obviously not coming up via some .exe virus program. Something in the browser Firefox, plugins, pages hit..., don't know.

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#5
February 22, 2010 at 15:01:19
I doubt you have an infection. This is widespread and popping up on many computers. They hack websites (who rarely check their own websites by going to them). Not much you can do obviously if it is website based, apart from blocking the final website somehow.

On Windows the trick is to back away using Alt+F4 keys but I've no idea if this applies to a Mac.

some other bloke...


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#6
February 22, 2010 at 16:13:42
and its not site specific. I have had it on some sites that really suspect are not infected. my own blog on tumblr.com, my.yahoo.com, logged into brokerage, etc. It is popping up via some method other than the local site I am on it seems.

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#7
February 22, 2010 at 16:32:54
Yes, gone are the days when these sort of things only popped up on porn or hackers websites. My wife ran into it on her lappy checking the weather.

some other bloke...


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