Diehard Fans Targeted by Malicious Sites with Scams while Preparing for the World Cup in Brazil


   There is still some time before the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but die hard fans can barely wait. Many soccer fans want to prepare for the World Cup by playing soccer games like FIFA14. Data monitored by the Baidu Antivirus Security Center shows a recent increase in malicious download scams targeting FIFA.


    According to Baidu Antivirus security experts, "some sites use 'fifa 14 v5 crack' or 'fifa 14 v5 patch' to lure fans. When users access these sites, they usually will see a DOWNLOAD button like the one shown in the picture below, but this most prominent button directs them to malicious adware. Downloading this software usually installs unnecessary programs on users' devices."


   Analysis by Baidu Antivirus security experts has revealed that this malicious adware takes advantage of users' desire to complete FIFA14 installation. A bundled software prompt is carefully placed so that most users will ignore it and immediately click the "Accept" button to complete installation


                       (Promotes the installation of search-related software)


   After users blindly click "Accept", LiveSupport, Optimizer Pro, EZDownloader,

   Wwebbsave, WS-Booster, YoutubeAdblocker, Seearch-NeeWTAb, etc. are installed on their devices. Users have no use for this software which only hinders their normal use of the computer and may reduce its speed or even cause phishing attacks. The picture below shows a Google marketing scam



   Baidu Antivirus security experts warn users to be wary of downloading crack patches as these are commonly bundled with viruses. When downloading software from unfamiliar sites, users need to enable    Baidu Antivirus Real-Time Protection,    which can promptly protect their computers from infiltration by malicious adware. We suggest that users regularly check to see if their computers have rarely used software. Removing this software will effectively reduce the system load and increase computer speed.



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