Surfers Beware: Tainted Search Engine Results
Scammers are increasingly inserting infected links into a user’s search results from engines like Google and Bing. These links install “ransomware” that demands money for a fake anti-virus program and freezes the computer until the user pays up.
DO NOT pay them! If your computer is infected, first contact the ITR Help Desk at 610-902-8366 for advice or bring your computer to Founders 108.
To avoid infection, follow these basic tips:
- Hover over the links for your search results before clicking. If the URLs end in something other than .com, .net, .org, or .gov, (e.g. something like .cx or .tf), don’t click the link.
- If the result’s descriptive text is garbled, don’t click the link.
If anything looks “off” about the link or descriptive text for the result, don’t click the link.