Windows PCs at risk: new malware variant spreads easily via websites

Deepak Gupta
Deepak Gupta February 24, 2022
Updated 2022/02/24 at 7:15 AM

An already known malware called CryptBot can Windows PCs now infect in a new variant. The malicious program unobtrusively spreads via certain websites. You should definitely pay attention to that.

Windows PC threatened by malware

The new CryptBot variant lurks on websites that offer, for example, free pirated copies of games or professional software for download. Criminals even optimize them for Google so that they can be found more easily when searching, as Bleeping Computer reports. The malware steals information from infected Windows PCs. This is in danger:

  • Browser Credentials
  • cookies
  • browser history
  • Cryptocurrency wallets
  • credit cards
  • files

Attackers constantly update the dangerous websites. These are structured in such a way that after clicking the download button, users are redirected several times before they actually end up on the download page.

You should note that

Never install software from unknown websites, only from the official manufacturer websites. You can also find numerous applications in the Microsoft Windows app store.

You should also always make sure that your Windows PC is up to date. Perform existing updates regularly. If possible, use a virus scanner. It doesn’t always have to be an expensive program. The in-house and free antivirus program Microsoft Defender scores top marks.

Source: Bleeping Computer, PC World

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