How ads on legitimate web sites can lead to malware and unwanted software

Summary: One of the great myths of security is that if your PC is infected with malware it’s your own fault. You shouldn’t have been searching for porn, downloading pirated software, or snagging bootleg DVDs from BitTorrent.But that's no longer true. These days, even ads on a legitimate web page can lead to unwanted, potentially malicious software. Here's an example.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Security


Ed Bott is an award-winning technology writer with more than two decades' experience writing for mainstream media outlets and online publications. He has served as editor of the U.S. edition of PC Computing and managing editor of PC World; both publications had monthly paid circulation in excess of 1 million during his tenure. He is the a... Full Bio

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