Google is being used to spread malware, this time AMD graphics card drivers.
According to PC Gamer, a number of users on the PC Master Race subreddit reported that while searching for drivers for AMD graphics cards, they discovered that Google was advertising malicious websites in the search results. service. Accordingly, malicious websites have entered the priority display list and are on top of legitimate manufacturers’ websites.
Accordingly, the fake website uses a ‘replicated’ design and trademark from AMD’s official website, which both uses an AMD IP and links to a suspicious .exe file with the title ‘ Auto-Detect and Installs Driver Updates for AMD Radeon Series Graphics and Ryzen Chipsets ‘.
This is not the first time this has happened, last month there were scammers buying Google ads to impersonate WhatsApp and the Memorial Day promotional event EVGA website. It is worth mentioning that Google has accepted a link to an illegal website and thereby facilitated the distribution of malware right from the top of the search results page.
For users who are not familiar with computers and information technology, it is very easy to fall into this trap of impersonating ads. In this case, the ads are so sophisticated that they are emblazoned with the AMD logo and even include a few links that take users to legitimate sections of the official AMD website.
In order not to fall victim to these scams, internet users should be wary of even ad-sponsored search results on Google, first and foremost to double-check the site’s link before proceeding to Click.