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article imageMcAfee study says Superman related searches could be risky

By Sonia D'Costa     Jul 21, 2014 in Entertainment
McAfee, one of the leading providers of Internet security solutions, has warned that you could become a victim of Internet criminals who steal personal data and passwords of those searching for information related to their favorite superheroes.
Superman heads McAfee’s list of toxic superheroes who could lead their fans to websites full of threats such as viruses and malicious software. For instance, if you type in search terms such as “Superman and free app,” “Superman and watch,” and “Superman and free torrent download,” you could bump into software and websites designed to steal valuable personal information.
If you visit these dangerous websites and download content such as videos and pictures, you will be at risk of downloading dangerous malware and viruses too. McAfee’s list of dangerous superheroes includes Thor, Aquaman, Spiderman, Wolverine, Batman, Captain America, Black Widow, Ghost Rider, and Green Lantern. McAfee said, “With excitement building for the upcoming Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice film, it is no surprise that these superheroes top the list.”
Interestingly, Aquaman topped McAfee’s last year’s list of superheroes who could lead fans to dangerous websites.
Sharing their research methods, McAfee said that it conducted the study in June 2014 taking into consideration superheroes on whom films were either just released or currently being made. McAfee SafeAdvisor site ratings that show a website’s risk percentage were used for the study.
McAfee has urged users to protect themselves by remaining wary of sites that offer too much free content. The provider of online security solutions says that users should never trust websites that, before supplying the promised free content, prompt them to download software as “free downloads are significantly the highest virus-prone search terms.” McAfee has warned users that downloading free pictures and videos could give them a PC full of viruses and malware.
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