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TGIF: Beware of Fake YouTube Links and Websites

Written By David D'Angelo on Friday, October 10, 2008 | 10/10/2008

Trend Micro and other anti-virus experts have warned once again that hackers imitating YouTube website and links are back again. The said new scheme is to direct a person to a video link which when seen will ask you to install a software in order to see the video. Upon downloading and installing the software you will then be redirected to the actual video which you intended to watch. The malware is now ready to destroy your computer and hack vital information about you.

For beginners and intermediate users this could be a trick which could oversee their scrutinizing eye because the site is indeed very similar but the basic technique in identifying a fake website is to actually look at the url.

The url or address of this fake YouTube site is not the actual YouTube url plus the fact that YouTube will never ask you to install anything in your computer for the video to run.

Someone had made an analysis of a similar malware coming from these Fake YouTube sites and it can be READ HERE.

So my advice to internet users please be wary of the link and address before trusting anything or any download. Remember that virus do proliferate in the internet.


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