Sometimes you just shouldn’t search

On December 20, 2008, in Security, by

As has been pointed out in the comments to the blog… surfing from any browser can be hazardous to your system, and one of things that I’m sure some commenters will say is that you can’t be secure with Windows.  I disagree.  Like any vehicle that we drive, as long as we take precauctions, it’s not necessary for everyone to drive a tank to the office.

Yesterday my Sister was surfing and googled on Mini Cooper Headrest Stickers.  Don’t ask.. it’s a convertible Mini cooper thing.  And on the second page she hit a search link…*&q=mini+cooper+headrest+stickers&start=10&sa=N Specifically she went to hxxp:// which redirects to hxxp://   I have them munged for a very good reason.  It’s our dear friend Antivirus2008, that surge of the Universe that makes one think they have a virus when one does not. 


This is in a browser virtual appliance.

On Vista you can just nuke the IE session as long as the person hasn’t downloaded and installed anything.  The web site is still live, still google-able, and still out there and your clients will still not be quite sure of how they got this scurge on their system.


5 Responses to Sometimes you just shouldn’t search

  1. Joe_Raby says:

    Didn’t I tell you not to trust the Google?

  2. Dean says:

    and googled on Mini Cooper Headrest Stickers. That’s the problem right there. 🙂

  3. sproket90 says:

    that’s funny, that browser looks similar to firefox not IE exploder…

    does your sister prefer a secure browser?

  4. bradley says:

    No, that’s me in a VMware browser appliance to get screen shots for the blog.

  5. victim says:

    how do you get rid of: