Anyway, clicking on the link I found out that not only was my computer infected, but it is apparently running Windows XP and no one told me.
Warning!!! Your computer contains various signs of viruses and malware programs presence.
You system requires immediate anti viruses check!
Antivirus 360 will perform a quick and free scanning of your PC for viruses and malicious programs.
The next thing that happened was a downloaded file. The file name was a very official looking “InstallAVg_77025304.exe”. I’d had enough fun and this point and closed the browser and deleted the annoying little .exe.
For what for me was a humorous interlude could have actually fooled the average user and put their systems at real risk. I wanted to post some screen shots so that people could see what to watch out for. There are various permutations of the domain name. Both AVG and Norton 360 are real products and arguably good products. But there is no “Antivirus 360”.
What can you do to protect yourself? Aside from shunning Windows altogether it’s going to take some vigilance. Well if you are running a modern web browser like Firefox, IE 7, or one of the Webkit browser (Safari & Chrome), you are probably safe so long as you do not download and run their software. Don’t buy or even install software that volunteers itself to you. If you are searching for good shareware, use a trusted site like VersionTracker.com.
I recommend using OpenDNS.com. You can set the DNS numbers in your router and protect your whole home. The bad guys are smart about using domains that look official. Since OpenDNS is publicly supported, once a domain is identified as bad, it will be blocked. You can customize your protection and protect it immediately.