Google Ads: These days, Google ads are everywhere, and clicking on them typically directs you to a storefront or a product page that Google is promoting based on your browsing history. However, there is a brand-new class of Google ads available that may pose significant risks to people and their computers.
A recent security warning from Microsoft claims that hackers are spreading malware and ransomware through bogus websites while disguising their activities as Google Ads. The main concern with the ransomware known as Royal (DEV-0569) is that it pretends to be updates and installers for trusted platforms.
Microsoft points out that malware apps have the ability to disable security software like anti-virus programmes, leaving the device open to more attacks. Additionally, the attacker now has access to the SYSTEM rights, giving them total control over the system and all data contained within.
What steps were taken to fight “Google Ads”?
However, since Microsoft issued the warning, fortunately, the company has already taken note of the problem and updated its Microsoft Defender security programme to aid in combating malware and ransomware on Windows-based devices. Additionally, the business has enabled customers of its Microsoft 365 suite to receive alerts about such dangers and even have them removed from the system. Additionally, Microsoft offers security assistance through its Edge browser, and it advises users to use the “network protection” option to prevent such assaults.