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Treacherous Malware Cause for Mitigating Users’ Confidence towards Online Advertising

Malware attacks have no specific source rather they are many. Nevertheless, it's feasible for safeguarding oneself by deploying some vibrant anti-virus software as well as being vigilant of messages that unfamiliar senders may dispatch. Despite so, malware distributed through advertisements continue to be a persistent problem while it leads to a number of issues for several mainstream websites.

In the week just passed, visitors to Spotify began getting malware served via advertisements from the streaming website. The problem affected various operating systems and Spotify taking brisk action declared that the problem was different from all the rest.

Evidently, the malicious program took users' browsers onto other online sites that harbored malware, and this process happened via the Spotify advertisements. The entire thing occurred in hopes that someone would be duped into downloading more malicious programs. But because Spotify responded fast to resolve the problem, the malvertising campaign was quickly aborted.

Malvertising, aggressive/ill-intentioned advertising, controls a victim's computer. Thus, with such malverts from Spotify, actual malware got planted on a few users' computers. Spamfighter.com posted this dated October 11, 2016.

But, for end-users maintaining anti-virus protection on their Web-browsers alternatively running ad-blocking programs, they're safe from getting exposed to attacks not perceivable early on. The malware campaigns appear simple in execution considering how frequent and effective they are. Moreover, they proliferate far and wide within merely some days before any website can even take action in time. Therefore, websites, which offer ads, require enforcing stringent controls for appropriate protection of visitors.

End-users stumbling on malware like just described should uninstall Spotify, however, also execute a scan for malicious software on their PCs with any Malwarebytes software, just to be sure. According to Spotify, a single ad was detected causing the problem that it thwarted.

With quick action from Spotify to shutdown the damaging ad which exploited Spotify, too much harm to users was avoided.

Incidentally, people are more frequently using ad-blocking software, and malware served via advertisements likely prompts their use. Therefore, it's important that users' trust is acquired for websites they access and they aren't at least presented with destructive viruses while browsing.

» SPAMfighter News - 10/17/2016

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