Threat Database Rogue Websites

Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 6
First Seen: December 4, 2022
Last Seen: May 14, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Yourdesktopdatasecurity(dot)site may create the impression that it will help visitors boost the security of their computer system and when browsing the Internet. However, the name of this rogue page is entirely misleading, as its true purpose is to run popular online scams. Users who land on the page, in the vast majority of cases as a result of being redirected to it by a rogue advertising network or a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program), should be extremely careful.

Cybersecurity researchers observed Yourdesktopdatasecurity(dot)site generating several pop-up messages and a main page all filled with misleading security warnings and alerts. The site tries to convince visitors that their device has been compromised by serious malware threats. The exact scenario is a variation of the 'Your PC might be infected with viruses!' scam. In order to make its made-up claims seem real, rogue websites of this type often exploit the names, branding, logos, and interface of reputable cybersecurity companies. In this case, Yourdesktopdatasecurity(dot)site pretends that its messages are coming from Norton Security, even though the Norton company has no connection to the scam website. As part of the scam, the site may also show the results of what appears to be a threat scan of the user's device. In reality, no site can perform such scans on its own.

The goal of pages such as Yourdesktopdatasecurity(dot)site is to scare visitors into clicking the provided button and being taken to the page of a security product. The actual software tool could be a legitimate one, with the scammers trying to earn proceeds via commission fees and affiliate programs. However, users could also easily be presented with disguised PUPs that carry adware, browser hijacker, or even data-tracking capabilities.

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