Youtube Viewers Beware Malicious Ads

YouTube-logo-full_colorWatching Youtube videos is ok, but beware of those ads that come up while watching.

Not the ones that play within the youtube video player but the ones that come up superimposed over part of the screen that steal your view. Usually you have to find the little [X] to get rid of them. If you click on those ads accidentally it may redirect you to a website that can infect your machine and hold it up for ransom!

This warning is very relevant for those people still using Windows XP because Internet Explorer is not updated on that system anymore.

See this link ‘Microsoft Cutting Support For Older Versions Of IE

But there is a way to turn off those pesky ads while watching a video but you have to turn them off for each new video. When you have selected the video you want to watch you click on settings – see picture below:


and then click OFF where it says Annotations

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This way you are protected from those types of ads.

Malicious Ads Hit 113,000 YouTube Viewers

According to security experts at TrendMicro, this latest attack hit 113,000 users – 95% of them in the United States over a 30-day period.

Considering that some YouTube videos have millions of views, that’s a lot of victims to pick from. This particular malicious ad was found to be running on a music video with more than 11 million views.

The scammers try to be crafty, by not immediately directing you to the malicious site, but to another site with links to the sites with the code that can mess up your computer.

The crooks modified the information of a Polish government site to make themselves look legit and the traffic passed through a server in the Netherlands before ending up back on the server with the malicious code in the United States.

The exploit used in this attack is called Sweet Orange and it targets Internet Explorer, Flash and Java. The malware includes ransomware attacks.

Ransomware locks up your computer and demands payment to release it.

Now if your security software is up-to-date and you’re running the most recent version of Internet Explorer with all the updates installed, you should be fine. There’s been a patch for this vulnerability for nearly 18 months.

Of course, always watch where you go on the Internet and if something starts to look fishy, close your browser. Check to see if anything new and unwanted is installed on your computer. If so, remove the program and run your security and malware software.