New Mobile Scareware Ads Try to Trick Users Into Thinking They Have a Virus

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  1. dgstorm

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    We know that most of our members wouldn't fall for one of these tricks, but that doesn't mean sharing the warning is a bad idea. We all have friends and family members who might fall for one of these nasty malware tricks, so we wanted to pass the latest intel along to you guys. There is a new scheme for Android which basically tries to trick users into believing they have a virus on their device. It's a trick that is pretty popular on the desktop, but is fairly unusual/new on Android.

    The bad guys have figured out ways of taking over advertising space, but instead of showing ads, they bring up sneaky warnings claiming the users Android is infected. The ads claim they have an antivirus tool that you can download if you click on the ad. Of course, once you do that, you have actually put the malware on your smart-device. Here's a quote with more of the details,

    As always, it's a good idea never to install .apk files from sources you don't know to be legitimate, and especially not from some random ad that pops up on your phone!

    Source: AndroidAuthority
     
  2. xeene

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    Wouldn't you have to enable installation from unknown own sources before it can install itself? Usually people who enable that are somewhat android savy.

    Then again, there are 10 millions exceptions to the rule lol.
     
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    Oye, who are you calling a date fake virus website? This should be called dumbware because frankly you have to be dumb as dumb gets to fall for it.
     
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    Yet another reason for knowing proper grammar, spelling, and syntax.

    "The virus may comput your date???"

    MRW reading that...


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    ...also, downloading an apk is not the same as installing an apk.
     
  6. dgstorm

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    Yes, but most folks who would be fooled enough to download the .apk file would probably install it too...
     
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