I was perusing the forum just now and I saw a message from a new user "NowhereMan
" in the Bad Movies board here
. I suspected this new user may be a troll, based upon the (lack of) content of that thread, plus my experience on certain other forums with a troll named "NowhereMan". So, I clicked on his handle to see his profile to look at his other posts. Just as the profile page came up, another application I was running in the background assumed the focus to alert me it was done doing what I told it to do. As I was about to click on this other program's confirmation dialog, another dialog popped up and said:
"Warning! Your PC is at risk of virus and malware attack.
Your system requires immediate check!
System Security will perform a quick and free scan of your PC for
viruses and malicious programs.
(I do have a screen capture of this message which I could send to you, if you like.) I've seen this particular message before and know it is bogus. When I went back to my browser window, it had redirected itself to: "http://rootscan.info/25/24-051wL0IzLGBzL==
" and was trying to download a file. Sorry, I didn't catch the name of the file before killing the process.
After verifying everything was closed, I retried the exact sequence of events (except for the other program interrupting, of course) with nothing unusual happening. I do not know what flash advertisements may have been showing on that first particular page view as the other program I was running immediately brought itself to the front. I have encountered this exact same error message
before while browsing this forum over the past year or so, and only while browsing this forum
This machine is running Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32-Bit Version 6.0 (Build 6000) (NOTE: I have NOT yet installed SP1), Internet Explorer 7.0.6000.16890 with no toolbars or other crap and standard security settings and Adobe Flash Player 10 version 10.0.32.18. (I do not have much software on this machine, as I only use it for video-editing and web-browsing of a handful of 'safe' sites.)
P.S. I am not accusing "NowhereMan" of having anything do with this, I'm just trying to give as much and as precise information as possible.