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Caroline & Curran Raclin Most Searched for Keywords to Spread Malware

Curran Raclin and Caroline Raclin, son and daughter of recently expired United States senator Ted Kennedy, are two keywords that are most searched for currently. Cyber criminals are trying to capitalize on them to spread malicious viruses online.

A Google search for either of the names returns many websites, which appear to have details of Caroline, although there are viruses and malware in the sites that try to infect visitors' computers and steal personal information.

Further, a Google search for Caroline Raclin produces various websites, which supposedly provide details regarding the young daughter, while they actually divert users to bogus antivirus scans, which pose as detecting malware on end-users' systems.

However, if users finally accept and install a program, they become infected with what's possibly a Trojan that enables a third party to acquire full control over their PCs.

The Trojan apparently convinces users that other malware like viruses have infected their computers and they need to pay for special anti-malware or antivirus software.

However, the same Internet sites are recognized as laden with malware that must be totally shunned. For instance - certain sites, which distribute viruses, are keiabroad.org, i-leyan.com, zoobiz.com and popalee.com, while many more might exist.

These attack websites prove even worse by appearing fully legitimate and frequently being among the top ranks for the keywords 'Caroline Raclin' and its variations in popular search engines.

Thus, security specialists warn that in case a surfer comes across any of the phony antivirus sites, then he shouldn't follow the instructions appearing in a pop-up message, as he might be installing malicious software even by just scanning the alert. Instead, he should press Ctrl Alt Del and use the Task Manager to close his Web browser.

In the meantime, spammers aren't sparing any opportunity to make Web users infected with viruses and other malware and for that, they are even using death of famous personalities, just as in the recent months, online scammers had been taking advantage of the death of pop star Michael Jackson to trick end-users into becoming infected.

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