Malvertising is one of the newest ways for scammers to download viruses to your computer. You simply visit a website, click on an advertisement, and then you’re redirected to another website. It then informs you that your computer needs an update and encourages you to download phony software to “fix” the problem. The software then infects your computer with malware or spyware.
This phenomenon isn’t just happening on “sketchy” websites; it’s happening on reputable sites such as YouTube and Reuters.
Follow these steps to protect yourself:
1. Don’t click on ads that seem too good to be true, such as those that offer money, gifts, discounts, or anything for free.
2. Make sure your operating system is up to date. Operating systems typically update automatically.
When they do, be sure to follow the instructions to leave your computer on.
3. Change security settings on your browser to detect sites with malvertising.
4. Disable Flash. Scammers Want Your Money