Dubious downloads: How to check if a website and its files are malicious

Users often search the web for downloads when companies no longer support software, and what they find is dubious. How can they tell if the files are safe? We tell how to spot the difference.

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Far Cry 5 download offers: embrace the power of “no”

It seems opportunists are jumping on popular video game Far Cry 5’s bandwagon, with a flood of promises for free game downloads. We take a look at a return to form for survey scams, and the odd download site while we’re at it.

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Avoid: “I just hacked my friend’s account” Twitter spam

We explain why you shouldn’t bother with sites which claim to let you hack social media accounts…

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“INTUIT Security Warning” Emails Lead to Fake Browser Update Malware

Steer clear of these fake Quickbooks themed emails which claim you need to update your browser as part of an “Intuit Security Warning”.

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Imitation MSI Tournament Site Offers Up “Anticheat” Download

You can add video game tournaments to the list containing VoIP services, hardware makers and peripheral creators used as lures to draw in potential victims of dubious downloads.

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Imitation Putlocker Site Unlocks Path to PUP

Several popular sites are mimicked so that their duplicates can be used to lure unwary users. We’ve seen one for a known online video streaming site, and it prompts a Java update.

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MGS V: The Phantom Game Downloader

Watch out for promises of full game downloads in relation to the newly released Metal Gear title – especially when the sites in question can’t seem to tell the difference between a game downloader and a game trainer.

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Outbrowse and Other Bundlers

Bundlers are packages that install more than one program on a system. Some offer you a choice while others are less flexible and just go ahead. The Outbrowse bundler is a typical example

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“See who visits your Twitter Profile” Spam: Blink and you’ll miss it

A furtive spambot and a two hit combo of Twitter apps and downloadable files. How long will the spambot evade the ban hammer?

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HanJuan EK fires third Flash Player 0day

A new Adobe Flash zero-day, the third one this year so far, has been found in the wild via drive-by download attacks. Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit has blocked this exploit since December 2014.

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