Lot’s of readers are reporting a virus from Coupons.com. This virus is not from coupons.com, but a fake alert generated by some third-party – here’s an excerpt of the most important parts of a letter Coupons.com:
The one thing that we are absolutely certain of is that it does not exist within our servers, our software, or our website’s source code.We have been been able to determine that users that are affected by this fake alert are not infected with a virus unless he or she complies with the prompts.
Whenever and wherever you encounter a redirect trojan of this kind on the Internet, never click on any part of the window or any prompts that may subsequently appear. The safest thing to do at that point is to force the browser to close by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Delete, running your Task Manager, and manually shutting down all of your browser and prompt windows.
Do not click on the little X at the top, the OK or Cancel button. Click on Ctrl+Shift+Delete all at the same time. Then right-click on the pop-up item on the list, and click on End Task. This will ensure you don’t get infected.
Ask CCD Readers: I have personally never seen this virus and will continue using coupons.com, what about you?