A Link Reference From a Bing Search Result

August 22, 2015 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment

DO NOT FOLLOW THIS LINK.  This is the top link for “update microsoft silverlight” on BING: http://r.search.yahoo.com/_ylt=A86.J7782NhVrXcAOz4nnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTB2NjJ0cGtlBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNvdi10b3A-/RV=2/RE=1440303485/RO=10/RU=http%3a%2f%2f3060131.r.msn.com%2f%3fld%3dd3YwwMmLm9a5loe999ExTN-TVUCUzS3OvEtxgfCJddTmK_SfyTq3H6K6PZUNofzSJk8VJQUgtCtU1rduX3InmhJLz6u_0kkA1wBzulWiry4-EPw5tdmZYgTYcVKQQugaR_EhsA70m4UfXr7G8hZFcfGpoODVZw7BXNSXbzrip4Ln6vFAFK%26u%3dmicrosoft-silverlight.download-assist.com%252f/RK=0/RS=qTvreU24LQSr61xlXdCxDJJ43pM-?p=microsoft+silverlight+update

ALTHOUGH

it appears to be Silverlight.Download-Assist.com [**HTML does not allow dashes, by the way.]

I entered it to mark it bad and got a drive-by, apparently.  I suspect this removed Internet Explorer (I noticed immediately but “accidentally”); I was running in Firefox anonymous mode.  I managed to mark it bad.  I apparently have a root kit.

THIS DOMAIN IS NOT REGISTERED.

I ENTERED IT TO MARK IT AND TO DEMONSTRATE THAT YOU CAN NO LONGER ACCEPT ANY TOP RESULTS.  I DID NOT NOT NOT EXPECT TO HAVE TO REINSTALL WINDOWS…I WAS WILLING TO TAKE THE CHANCE BECAUSE OF OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES.

If this convinces even one person to not accept top results from a search engine and to do some research before entering sites on the Internet, it was worthwhile.  I can do that for various reasons, starting with experience.

Because of said experience, can you guess what I’m going to do? This will be tweeted; tweet @oregonnerd if you cannot guess my next move with my poor little Acer.

If you carefully examine the link above you will find the title that I quoted you hidden.  This is a beautiful example of; SEO (Search Engine Optimization, what a misnomer), misdirection (and a version of the shell game no less)–and the insertion of a drive by virus with the **added attraction** of a stolen domain.  The moment I saw Internet Explorer missing I knew I had been hacked to some extent.  If I don’t find a virus easily I’ll reinstall–not refresh–Windows.  Well, come to think of it I do have ghosts.  This may be simple except that…it was really hard to update to 8.1 and it still hasn’t made it to 10.

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