Beware of ads using supposedly safe sites that use .pdf files to infect

@stealthy (8188)
United States
July 31, 2009 6:23pm CST
computers. This use of .pdf fils to put viruses on computers has been going on for some time now. However, a relatively new one is very nasty in that it disables your virus protection, the ability to use restore and even goes so far as to prevent the use of your browser. Then it manifests as all kinds of popups that say your computer is infected and connect here or buy Microsoft 2010 Pro which is a scam to get your personal infomation. You are left with the expense of taking your computer into a shop to have this virus removed and your virus protection repaired.
5 responses
@icehut (508)
1 Aug 09
are you referring to the Adobe Reader and Flash player combo vulnerability as described here... http://www.adobe.com/support/security/advisories/apsa09-03.html
@stealthy (8188)
• United States
6 Aug 09
Not really, I was speaking from my own unfortunate experience.
@EliteUser (3971)
• Australia
10 Sep 09
Hello, Thanks for the info, I had no idea that they could use .PDF file for infecting our computers. I had absolutely no idea, I used to always think that PDF files were harmless. Make sure you have a good day, Happy Lotting!!
@rcjp03 (65)
• Philippines
1 Aug 09
wow thanks for the warning bro. i owe you alot
@kmaram (2535)
• Philippines
1 Aug 09
Hi there, first time that i know this thing, well your discussion was really helpful specially to me that doesnt know about that. Its a good advice and thanks for sharing this with us. Keep on mylotting
@raynejasper (2326)
• Philippines
1 Aug 09
..oh.. thanks for the reminder.. That's terrible.. How could we possibly try to avoid it? It could harm important files in my computer if ever I would encounter it..