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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Dangers of Downloading Fake MP3s

Be very careful the next time you decide to download an MP3 file from a P2P network. You might just get a virus instead.

Instead of holding the music that you are looking for, the fake MP3, instead, asks you to download another file that installs adware and takes you to a different website hosting a sketchy MP3 player. Antivirus software maker McAfee is reporting that an astounding 360,000 of its customers are affected by the same Trojan that is packaged with the fake MP3 files.

The fake MP3s have names like "preview-t-3545425-girls aloud st trinnians.mp3" and "t-3545425-suicide bride dana.mp3." Needless to say, you should also watch out for any other files that you download from a P2P service.

Generally, it's a good idea to run a virus scanner over every file before you open them, but that's the risk of file sharing instead of buying from iTunes. Another tip is to wait a couple days before scanning and opening files so that your antivirus software can update with the latest definitions, but that might unrealistic.

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