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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Foodpuma, Datingpuma, Carpuma and Browser Redirects

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I know this post may seem off-topic, but it isn't. It's about malware, redirects and strange search results. Probably one of the most common symptoms of malicious software that our readers report is being taken to spammy websites after clicking on search results. This problem has been going on for some time now. Google did a great job of improving search results and eliminating sites that may lead to malware. So, it's not Google's fault (most of the time). You can't blame your web browser either. If your search results are being redirected to/through one the websites listed below, your PC is infected by malicious software, variously known as TDSS and Alureon or ZeroAcces and Sirefef.
  • eyepuma.com
  • debtpuma.com
  • carpuma.com
  • buffpuma.com
  • stopsmokingpuma.com
  • foodpuma.com
  • cigarpuma.com
  • iphonepuma.com
  • creditpuma.com
  • datingpuma.com
  • gamblingpuma.com
  • loanpuma.com
  • internetpuma.com
Very often these websites return sponsored or irrelevant search results and redirect you somewhere you din't intend to go. Malware may take you to infected websites, install adware, rogue security programs and misleading toolbars or even steal your personal information such as credit card number and passwords. Malware is often installed on your computer when you visit certain websites. Sometimes, these are good and even well known sites that have been compromised by cyber criminals, and other times, they are simply malicious websites built to distribute all kinds of malicious software. Malware may be also installed when you download a file that appears to be legitimate and safe but it actually isn't.

Our readers usually call it the "Google redirect virus" or just simply the "redirect virus". However, it's not actually a virus but a combination of a Trojan horse and a rootkit. If you think or confirm that you've already got redirect malware, you can use anti-malware software to detect and remove it. Unfortunately, not all anti-malware programs are capable of removing malware that cause foodpuma.com, datingpuma.com and other redirects. You may need to use more than one to detect and completely remove it from your computer. Before you start downloading every possible anti-malware software you know, please follow our removal guides that have been created to help you to remove the "redirect virus": Remove Google redirect virus and ZeroAccess/Sirefef/MAX++ Rootkit Removal.

To avoid malware from infecting your computer, upgrade your operating system and all of your software to the latest versions. Simply turn on automatic updates if you often forget to check for new updates manually. Don't click on suspicious links and do not download files from a source that you don't trust. And finally, make sure you are running up-to-date anti-malware software. Browse safely!

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