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Beta Bot Malware Blocks Users Anti-Virus Programs

Beta Bot Malware Blocks Users Anti-Virus Programs - The Beacon


By: Michael

Beta Bot Malware Blocks Users Anti-Virus Programs

A new malware known as “Beta Bot” is being used by cyber criminals to target financial institutions, e-commerce sites, online payment platforms and social networking sites to steal sensitive data such as log-in credentials and financial information. Beta Bot blocks computer users’ access to security websites and disables anti-virus programs, leaving computers compromised.

One of the screens looks like Microsoft Windows “User Account Control” that requests a user’s permission to allow Windows to modify computer settings. If users comply with the request, hackers can grab sensitive data from the computer. Beta Bot is also spread via USB thumb drives or online via Skype, redirecting users to compromised websites and may modify your computer.

Your BBB advises that if such a pop-up message or a similar prompt appears on your computer, and you did not request it, or are not changing your system’s configuration, do not authorize “Windows Command Processor” to make any changes. If infected, run a full system scan with up-to-date anti-virus software on the infected computer. If Beta Bot blocks access to security sites, download the latest anti-virus updates or a whole new anti-virus program onto an uninfected computer, save it to a USB drive and run it on the infected computer. Re-format the USB drive to remove any traces of the malware.

Click here to read the press release and see what these popups look like.

If you have been a victim of an internet scam or have received an e-mail that you believe was an attempted scam, you can file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

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