If you’re an avid YouTuber, then you might want to pay close attention to this new way to spread viruses. New methods of virus distribution tend start with just one or two people doing it, but copycats come out of the woodwork at a stunning rate.
The new method shows viewers a web site URL during the presentation and encourages them to go there to download the virus-infected software. Luckily the virus doesn't seem to take full effect until a reboot, so if you've downloaded the "mod" and haven't rebooted yet, now would be the time to run your anti-virus/spyware remove software.
“Someone is using a Grand Theft Auto mod video as a way to trick viewers into infecting themselves. Although YouTube videos remain safe to view, that hasn't stopped criminals from finding new ways to entice YouTube viewers to get infected with the latest Trojan horse. The latest example is a Grand Theft Auto video for a mod called Hood Life. According to Chris Boyd, Director of Malware Research at FaceTime Security Labs, the graphics in the mod are lame. He says the images used in the video are circa 1986, crudely rendered, not up to the high standards of the GTA game itself, yet at least 54 people have nonetheless downloaded the game.
Watching the You Tube video is safe. The danger comes at the end when the video displays a site where you can download the game mod itself. Should you download the file and install, your computer will be compromised upon reboot.”
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