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Cybercrime is a billion dollar business and those involved will practically do anything to lure new victims into their web of deceit, including exploit legitimate business practices. Cybercriminals set up fake or rogue websites to promote purchase of rogue antivirus or optimization tools or carry out drive by strategies, an automatic download of malware triggered with just a visit or landing.
So how can you determine if a website is rogue? Below are some telltale signs.
If you come across enough websites, you’ll notice a pattern. Websites are usually meant to be a wealth of information, and at a minimum, the home or opening page yields basic info such as logo and purpose or mission; toolbar or menu of services; search or help features; both a footer and header that at a minimum, gives the address of the organization and contact information, etc. Websites that lack detail should raise suspicion.
Viable businesses take pride in their websites, understanding it is the mouthpiece or face of who they are and what they do. Cybercriminals want to spend less to gain more, meaning they do not waste dollars on site development or unnecessary bells and whistles. At a glance, a visitor may notice misspellings or broken images and other technical flaws.
Any website that holds you hostage, in other words, keeps you from exiting, is suspicious at best. Whether your homepage has been altered and replaced with the deceptive (or malicious) website, or you mistakenly landed on the URL and are having difficulty leaving, you need to recognize you have a problem and should vehemently wrestle free.
If shopping for Internet security tools and programs, do your diligent homework to ensure you do not land on a deceptive website promoting a rogue or fake security tool. Furthermore, if you are forcibly routed to a website that promotes purchase of a security tool, you should know that it is indeed rogue. Legitimate Internet security vendors do not force you to buy their products and are reputable because of proven services.
If all a sudden you are hit with an enormous amount of pop-up advertisements, it is probable you landed on an explosive malicious website. Legitimate websites adhere to practices that forbid loading too many pop-up windows or flashy ads all over the user’s screen. Legitimate businesses do not care to irritate or run off potential clients or consumers.
Random websites do not have the ability to investigate or fix problems on random computers! If the rogue website runs an automatic scan (without your permission), you need exit immediately and as a safety precaution, do a reputable scan using a trusted source to ensure malware was not secretly downloaded.
Other signs your system was injected with poisonous programs or tools after you visited a rogue website are:
If you experience weird system behaviors, you need to do the following to protect your data and system.
|'Apple Platform Security' Pop-Up Scam|
|'APPLE SECURITY BREACH' Pop-Up Scam|
|'Apple Security Center' Scam|
|'AppleCare and Warranty' Pop-Up Scam|
|'Avira - Your System Was Corrupted' Scam|
|'Chrome Search Contest 2022' Pop-Ups|
|'Clean Up Your Windows PC After Surfing the Web!' Pop-Ups|
|'CoinMarketCap Giveaway' Scam|
|'Congratulations Google User! You've Been Selected' Pop-Up Scam|
|'Congratulations You just received TetherUSDT' Scam|
|'Cortana - It Seems Your PC Is Locked Out' Pop-Ups|
|'DHL Express' Scam|
|'Dogelon Mars (ELON)' Giveaway Scam|
|'Elon Musk Club' Giveaway Scam|
|'FedEx PACKAGE WAITING' Scam|
|'Install the Extension for Chrome to Protect Your Privacy' Pop-Up Scam|
|'IP address & personal information might be exposed' Pop-Ups|
|'iPhone 12 Mini Giveaway' Pop-Up Scam|
|'Jagmocutiong.com' Pop-Up Scam|
|'Ledger Live Update' Scam|
|'Loyalty Program' Scam|
|'LUNA Giveaway' Scam|
|'Malware Detected, Action Required' Pop-Ups|
|'Malware Detected! iPhone needs to be repaired'|