“The ongoing Internet-security freakout for anybody using Windows keeps getting worse. Every other week yet another part of the online world gets a warning label slapped on it — downloads, e-mail attachments, instant-messaging file transfers and now Web pages themselves,” Rob Pegoraro writes for The Washington Post.
“‘Browser hijacking’ is as bad as it gets: Like the Blaster worm, this form of trickery can take over your software silently and invisibly. Typically, users discover what has happened only after the actual hijacking: Their Internet Explorer home page and Web searches have been switched to strange sites, a flock of pop-up windows follows them around, their lists of favorite sites have become a catalogue of porn purveyors — and none of these changes can be undone without tedious debugging,” Pegoraro writes.
“These attacks differ from ‘spyware’ invasions, which can have similar effects, in that victims never took the conscious step of downloading a program and then running its installer. In some cases, the only mistake a user made was to click an ‘OK’ button to allow what they thought was a change in home-page settings or an addition of a Web toolbar — not knowing that the site would do much more than that,” Pegoraro writes. “This can be an understandable error when you look at the ways sites attempt to fool users; the sleaziest sites won’t include a ‘no thanks’ button in their pop-up alerts and will prevent users from closing these windows.
“I’ve yet to see any reports of Mac or Linux browser hijacks,” Pegoraro writes.
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MacDailyNews Take: The difference between Mac OS X’s default web browser, Apple’s Safari, and Windows’ default web browser, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, illustrates why “building the browser into Windows” is not in the best interests of users. 90+ percent of the world uses a substandard POS browser thanks to Microsoft’s monopoly abuse. Their users are punished, as most don’t even realize there are alternatives – unfortunately for them, arguably the world’s best browser, Apple’s Safari, runs only on Mac OS X, but there are better browsers than IE for Windows available. Shouldn’t Microsoft have to pay in some meaningful way for this at some point? And what do you think Microsoft’s forcing Windows Media Player on the Windows Sufferers