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Malicious Pop-ups Annoying Users on Hattiesburgamerican Website

Lici Beveridge, online editor of hattiesburgamerican.com, in her editorial note on the website (on September 1, 2009) informed the website users that they have currently received a few reports of malware pop-ups warning users of a detected computer virus, making them to believe that their PCs are infected. Further, the phony anti-virus notification asks users to install software for scanning and sanitizing the infection on their infected systems.

But, the users are asked to avoid proceeding as Beveridge claims that it is a well-fabricated scam launched by malware creators to gain unauthorized access to the users' PCs and install it with spyware, or infest it with virus or some malware.

The attack mechanism wants users of hattiesburgamerican website to think that there is something wrong with the site; however, everything is perfectly fine with the site.

Actually, to make users understand practically, Beveridge tells users that they might discover such type of pop-up on other sites as well when they visit them.

Additional reports claim that technical staff of the site is deeply studying the problem and trying to resolve it. Users are advised that if they receive such type of pop-up notification, they should avoid closing their browser window. It is recommended to use Windows task manager for putting an end to the browser task or go for a more straightforward solution - shutdown the PC.

The technical staff believes that adopting either of these solutions will ensure that malware is not installed into the PC. They also suggested users to increase their browser security settings and at the very first, they should avoid visiting suspected sites. They said that good anti-virus software should detect and delete the malware found at the time of rebooting.

In other words, users should opt for a pop-up blocker, which is able to detect and block even the most fiddly ads, like mouse-over, timed pop-ups and mass attacks. The unnoticed forms of such malicious threats could generally lead to damage in most of the cases. Therefore, it's important that the users should have up-to-date security solution.

Even if there's some query in minds of the users regarding the site, they should feel free to contact Lici Beveridge at lbeveridge@hattiesburgamerican.com. They may also contact the website's helpdesk at 584-3104.

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