Sunday, June 02, 2013
Weather,com, YouTube display "Safe Monitor" ads, claim "2 people are spying on you"
On both Weather.com and YouTube tonight, I saw popups (in Chrome) from a site called “Safe Monitor”, which claims “2 people are following you”, and then offered a monitoring sit, which invited me to download an app. Of course, I did not. This happened on a Windows 8 machine.
On an older Windows 7 machine, I looked it up I Google. McAfee and MyWOT did not have ratings on the Sife. But Webroot Secure Anywhere blocked it, saying it is thought to hoist malicious content.
On the W8 machine, a Secure Anywhere Scan did not show any harm for merely clicking on the YouTube or Weather.com ad.
Also, on my older Dell Windows 7 machine today, I tried to make a comment on a WJLA (local television station) crime story, to another bigoted comment above it. It started Disqus software which connected to Facebook which hung the machine. I got it to “beep” out, and the comment took,. But Facebook kept going non-responsive. Later, the entire machine hung again. But this was during a heavy thunderstorm, when Internet had almost stopped, although there were no power hits (I have UPS anyway), and no apparent surges -- although I suppose they could happen without being noticed. I hard rebooted it, past the Windows Safe Mode warning, and everything worked normally.
Picture (mine): What it would feel like to wake up in "The Core".