I think YouTube has just tried to give me a virus!

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May 15, 2012 at 19:24:40
Specs: Windows XP
I've just been on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo2Y... watched the video and this site popped up saying windows anti-virus 2012 has found a critical process activity on your PC and will scan files; http://scanninganalysissafety.in/78... I clicked okay and a windows security alert came up saying it had detected trojans and spyware etc. It looked exactly like the page that comes up when you go onto 'my computer' but only on the internet explorer page rather than on my system. The security alert looked legit and asked me if i wanted to remove the infected files. It also showed me some of these so called spyware and adware files and i noticed that one of these files were called 'trojan.fakealert.355 country.sys' I was immediately suspicious, even more so when after trying to go back onto the YouTube page which was still open, closed itself completely when i clicked on it. I did some research on google (leaving the security warning page open in another tab) and read an article that sounded similar to what had just happened to me http://www.easydesksoftware.com/new... unfortunately this person carried out the removal with an illegitamate software called 'Wareout' and it had disastrous results for his system. This made me feel certain that the site was dodgy and i wasn't having any of it so i closed the page and a message came up saying my system was in risk of crashing etc. i clicked okay to navigate away rom the page and scanned my system properly using McAfee and it found nothing wrong. My computer is XP. If anything like this happens to you, DO NOT BE FOOLED!! just close the web page, one of the biggest giveaways is that the internet does not tell you i you have a virus/trojan/spyware etc. only your anti-virus software does. I guess the moral here is, be very careful not which sites you surf but what you are clicking OK to.

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May 15, 2012 at 23:57:24
It wasn't the System Of A Down vid that infected you? Just checked it out nothing active. By the way cool vid.
Please download and update and run a quick scan using malwarebytes from this link;
Let us know if it finds anything?

Please reply and let us know if our help worked.

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May 16, 2012 at 12:55:42
The give away to all these fakes is that they usually report many viruses in order to panic you. In the real world you are unlikely to get more than one at a time.

These are widely known and have been discussed many times on these forums. In fact they are less common now than they were about a year ago.

It isn't a YouTube issue in particular - they latch themselves onto various websites at times.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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