A new threat has been recently invented by online hackers and cyber frauds. It spreads itself via malicious links in Skype. Here is how the PC can be infected by this new Trojan. First, certain users may receive the notice from their friends with the suggestion to download some suspicious file. The message normally comes from colleagues and friends with the following question: “Hey, is this your Skype profile pic”?
The bad thing about this infection is that such malicious link may come as a message from a person in the list of Skype contacts, so users sometimes tend to bravely click it. The browser then offers to save the zip archive into some particular destination on the computer, and then, upon execution, the malware will be implanted onto the PC. When some actually opens this infected archive and the file the entire Skype profile of this users becomes infected, thus beginning to massively send similar notifications to other users in the list of contacts.
Thus, when clicking the link the archive is being downloaded with some file that has the random name, such as “skype**** “. Even after reinstalling Skype the spam links continue to be spread. It is also known that the malicious program may copy the contacts. Probably this is done in order to top up the spam database of hackers that developed it.
There is only one way how you can protect your PC from such suspicious files. Simply do not download and do not launch unknown files. By the way, it is also known that the world’s largest and well-known antivirus programs often detect the worm but cannot yet delete it.
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