Zeus virus alerts still dominate among tech support scams

Zeus virus remains to be the inspiration for online felons

Zeus virus is regarded to be a trojan which aims at the particularly important target – banking credentials and personal data. The peak of this malware was recorded in 2007. Since then, the activity of the trojan has fluctuated.

Though the original virus kept a low profile for several years, recently it made a comeback. On November 2, malware analysis experts detected an elaborate version of the virus called as Zeus Panda banking trojan. The perpetrators made use of Google SERP rating system. As a result, users, who entered specific search terms in their search engine risked getting misguided to the domains infected with the data-stealing trojan.

After several weeks, the malware developers struck again with the Terdot virus, a variant of Zeus malware, which now aimed at social media and email account login credentials. You might ask why you should be wary of it and how it is related to porn sites?

“Zeus virus detected” – common tech support

What you should be cautious is the tech support scam alerts supposedly claiming that your device has been infected with the notorious threat. The virus gained notorious popularity in the cyberspace, so alarming the virtual community is quite effective.

These scams are completely unrelated to the original malware. They are likely to be created by individual crooks or belong to the entire network of them. You are likely to get redirected to such scam site by clicking on a video in a porn site.

Alternatively, you may get misguided there if you watch movies in illegal movie streaming sites or download torrents. Besides the hijacked browser page and the popping alert about “Zeus virus detected – Your computer has been blocked,” porn-related new tabs opening in the background are also frustrating.

Dealing with tech support scams

Despite the claims that your “Microsoft System has been compromised” and blocked computer, you should exit the page. You can do so by clicking on “Prevent this page from creating additional dialogues.” If that does not help, shut down the browser via Task Manager.

In case, the porn-themed ads and Zeus virus alerts still keep emerging even after relaunching the browser, reset the settings and scan it with a malware elimination tool. These actions will help you remove the browser hijacker or adware generating these fake alerts.

On the final note, if a similar security alert pops up frightening you with Zeus or another well-known malware, look for an indicated phone number – it will be the token to determine a scam.

Ugnius Kiguolis