ImageShack "Virus" Warning Explanation

Posted by: Oldgas

ImageShack "Virus" Warning Explanation - Sat Feb 26 2011 03:49 PM

We have been getting numerous reports from members about ImageShack virus alerts. If these "Alerts" are in the form of pop-up boxes, they should not be trusted. They are scam bait to get you to click on a button in the alert box. That is when the trouble actually starts.

* Don't click on pop-ups unless you trust them 100%
* Switch to the Firefox browser if you are using Internet Explorer
* Set your browser to block pop-ups with option to allow trusted sites only
* Install good anti-virus program and subscribe to automatic updates
* Be sure you go to imageshack.us NOT imageshack.com

I use the Firefox browser with their pop-up blocker turned on. Never have any ImageShack problems. Internet Explorer is vulnerable to a list of problems that Firefox is not. I strongly recommend the free download of Firefox.

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/switch.html

I don't know how ImageShack has allowed this to happen but they always have allowed advertisers to insert pop-up boxes for ads. Apparently some malware bad guy is being allowed to advertise or he has hacked in to do what he wants.

The image upload method we recommend is using "File Manager" on the topic submission form here on Shop Talk.

Pictures of the step-by-step process:
http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=129148#Post189696
Posted by: Oldgas

Re: ImageShack "Virus" Warning Explanation - Sat Feb 26 2011 04:01 PM

The ImageShack virus hoax has been causing a lot of problems lately. It is pretty much the same as the old scam of setting a paper bag of dog poop on fire on a front porch and ringing the doorbell.

Clicking anywhere on the "Alert" pop-up box gets you in trouble, just like the stomping on the bag of poop.

If that scam gets you in trouble, you are way too vulnerable. Higher protection levels are needed. Norton 360 will block suspicious behavior by a Web site. Firefox will block the annoying pop-ups.
Never click on pop-ups you don't trust 100%.
Posted by: Cat-Man

Re: ImageShack "Virus" Warning Explanation - Wed Mar 02 2011 10:43 PM

Ive got imageshack on a favorite so no way did I use wrong addess



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Posted by: Oldgas

Re: ImageShack "Virus" Warning Explanation - Wed Mar 02 2011 10:51 PM

A trojan virus is like the Trojan Horse in history. Only dangerous when you open it up.

Don't click on pop-ups.

Have good virus protection with automatic regular updates.