This fake ad blocker locks up your files and hijacks your PC to mine cryptocurrency

This fake ad blocker locks up your files and hijacks your PC to mine cryptocurrency

Be careful if you’re trying to install a Windows ad blocker, because it could turn out to be malware.

A very nasty Trojan that combines ransomware and a cryptocurrency miner is posing as an ad blocker called AdShield Pro, says Kaspersky in a new report. The malware has tried to infect more than 7,000 machines since Feb. 1.

The malware also poses as OpenDNS networking software, the NetShield ad blocker and the Malwarebytes anti-malware software, Kaspersky said. The bogus software is often found through malicious websites that turn up in search results. The fake Malwarebytes version targeted…

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