Beware: Vampires Are a Threat to Your PC

Charlene OHanlon

The new 'Twilight' movie has taken theaters by storm, much to the delight of the Edward vs. Jacob crowd.

But fans looking for information about the movie online may themselves be bitten and infected-by malware lurking among Google results.

According to security vendor PC Tools, computer users looking for information about 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,' may fall prey to fake antivirus threats, which then can turn into real threats if users follow the instructions that pop up on the screen. Here's how it works:

1. A user does a search for anything 'Twilight' related-movie times, ticket release dates, soundtrack information. The search results may include the listing, 'Eclipse Soundtrack Release Date.'
2. The user clicks on this link, and is redirected to a rogue website. Up pops a fake alert that looks a genuine Windows security alert telling the user his or her computer has been infected with malware.
3. If the user accepts the protection offered by the site, the malware is downloaded onto the computer.

PC Tools is sharing examples of the whole process here that are worth checking out -- especially for those PC users who have preteen daughters that aren't too cautious about clicking on search results.

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