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Kristen Stewart's Affair Leads To Virus Scare!

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Always use protection …when it comes to your computer!

Cuz thanks to trending topics like Kristen Stewart's affair, it's easier for spammers and malware creators to prey on unsuspecting pop culture enthusiasts!

According to Barracuda's Daniel Peck, 20-25% of online KStew content is host to malicious material.

Michael Gregg, COO of Superior Solutions, says:

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Ignore The Charlie Sheen Death Rumors! It's A Malware Scam!

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We know that given his behavior, anything could possibly go, but it's not true!

A variety of headlines have been spreading over Facebook and Twitter that claim that Charlie Sheen has died, due to a cardiac arrest at his home - HOWEVER, clicking on those links will infect your computer with malware!

According to reports:

They begin with “RIP!” or “Breaking News” and contain text to the effect that actor Charlie Sheen has died in his house or due to cardiac arrest.

Clicking on these links takes the user to a fake YouTube-clone page, where any click on any part of the screen will begin spreading the scam on the user’s own Facebook profile. Then, the user is asked to complete a survey before viewing the video, which adds a lead-gen layer to the click-jacking scheme. Finally, some folks are reporting being infected with malware after visiting the site, as well.

If you’ve already clicked links like the one above, first, go through your security settings and revoke any access for apps you don’t recall signing up for. Next, go through your profile and delete any spammy posts you may have sent out. (We’ve written in detail about exactly how to deal with Facebook click-jacking scams; reference that link if you need step-by-step instructions.) Finally, you might want to fire up your antivirus software and make sure your computer isn’t infected.

Wow!

Way to capitalize on someone's mental illness and use it as a means to just add a little more chaos to people's lives, guys!

Messed up, but clever. We'll give you that much.

Ugh.

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