Google Research – 5 million Surfers may be infected

Google Research – 5 million Surfers may be infected




According to joint research by Google and the University of California more than five million Google users may be surfing the web with a computer infected by ad-injecting malware.

This means, as you go abut your browsing business, adverts are injected into pages which do not come from, nor are sanctioned by the website you are visiting.

The study found over 5% of unique IPs accessing Google’s websites contained some form of injected ads, known as ‘adware’. Google says that it will work with the online advertising community to tackle the problem.

Keep your browsing safe

Google has already removed more than 192 compromised or deliberate Chrome extensions that infected the browser with ad injectors, affecting 14 million users.

“Injected ads arrive on a client’s machine through multiple vectors: our measurements identify 50,870 Chrome extensions and 34,407 Windows binaries, 38% and 17% of which are explicitly malicious,” Google said in its report.

The search giant also provided a tool to clean up Chrome and remove ad injectors if you’ve been previously affected. There is also the Safe Browsing tool that protects the billion internet surfers using Chrome, Safari and Firefox browsers.

“Today, Safe Browsing shows people more than five million warnings per day for all sorts of malicious sites and unwanted software, and discovers more than 60,000 malware sites and more than 95,000 phishing sites every month,” Google said.

Are you infected?

If you’ve noticed irregular signs with the browser, chances are you’re infected. If your browser doesn’t block pop-up ads, your homepage has been changed, you’ve noticed unfamiliar extensions or toolbars added, or you’re seeing a different search engine that looks similar to Google, you’re likely affected by malware.

For Windows users, you can manually uninstall any unwanted programs. Additionally, you can also use Google’s free Software removal tool which can be found here

You should also remove any suspicious browser extensions and reset your browser settings as well. Google cautions that safe extensions that you install could later be purchased by hackers. When the extension updates, malware could enter your browser that way.

The key thing here is safety while online.

  • DO keep your computer and all software up to date
  • Use Caution when opening Email attachments or clicking links in emails
  • Keep your AntiVirus software up to date
  • Use good judgment in which websites you choose to browse.

If you need any help or advice, contact us today. Stay Safe online!

Posted by Robert Peters on 7th May 2015 at 7:13 pm