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Title: MALWARE WARNING Flash Player Update Wheelers RV park site
Post by: grashley on September 11, 2017, 04:30:49 PM
I tried to go to the Wheeler RV site last night.  Page 1 was fine.  When I clicked on the Find Campground link, it took me to a page wanting to upgrade Flash Player.  OK,  Looked legit.   I did the "upgrade", which all looked normal, and after it was complete, BOOKING.COM was on my computer, along with Advanced PC Cleaner, wanting $39.99 to buy the program to remove malware.  It also changed my Safari homepage and will not allow a change.

BEWARE OF UNEXPECTED FLASH PLAYER UPGRADE, ESPECIALLY IF LAUNCHED FROM INSIDE AN UNRELATED PROGRAM!
Title: Re: MALWARE WARNING Flash Player Update Wheelers RV park site
Post by: LarsMac on September 11, 2017, 04:53:23 PM
Oh, man! I hate that kind of stuff.
What site was that? where you started?
May want to let them know that they may be compromised.
I NEVER let a random web site launch updates. You can't trust anybody, these days.

Depending on you operating system, you may be able to uninstall the browser, and start over.
Title: Re: MALWARE WARNING Flash Player Update Wheelers RV park site
Post by: John From Detroit on September 12, 2017, 09:04:38 AM
This is becoming more and more common (Bundling crap ware with software updates).. When you update always look at the options.. Many times you have the option to not install the crap ware.
Title: Re: MALWARE WARNING Flash Player Update Wheelers RV park site
Post by: LarsMac on September 12, 2017, 09:37:43 AM
Adobe and Oracle are both really bad about that.
I can't count the number of times I've updated Java, and been in a hurry, and had to go back later to de-install McAfee Anti Virus.
Title: Re: MALWARE WARNING Flash Player Update Wheelers RV park site
Post by: martin2340 on September 12, 2017, 09:40:45 AM
DW updated Adobe yesterday after visiting a site and I just went in to check and had to delete all of the crap.
Thanks for posting Grashley
Title: Re: MALWARE WARNING Flash Player Update Wheelers RV park site
Post by: pz on September 12, 2017, 09:49:58 AM
It is sketchy to use any kind of public wireless system because of how easy it is to hack them. I do a couple of things to help protect myself when on the road.
However, whenever you use public wireless there is always some kind of danger so I never use Internet Explorer (probably the worst browser in the world) - try using Firefox, Chrome, or Opera. I.E. allows any site to run scripts without your permission, which is most often the way that malware gets onto your system. The aforementioned browsers allow you to add script and adware blockers to your browser so you don't even get the ads, popups, etc.


Also keep in mind that most people use the built-in browsers in Windows, I.E. and Edge, so it should not be surprising that most hackers will target that browser to get into people's systems.
Title: Re: MALWARE WARNING Flash Player Update Wheelers RV park site
Post by: SeilerBird on September 12, 2017, 02:04:01 PM
I surf with Chromebook and malware does not happen, nor does virii.
Title: Re: MALWARE WARNING Flash Player Update Wheelers RV park site
Post by: grashley on September 12, 2017, 08:38:20 PM
The problem started at the Wheeler RV Resort and Campground web site.  It happened on one other, but I did not "bite" on it, and do not remember which site.

I was at home on my wireless, password protected network.