Perhaps the worst possible scenario is when a
bank website is hosting malicious ads: you never know what can be
installed and when on your computer if you click on the ad banners.
Something similar happens with security websites hosting malicious
ads. They are supposed to be for security information. The people
browsing such sites trust the content to be safe, but in actual fact
because of the ad banners the resources may be anything but
The site above was found by looking for antivirus protection and
reviews. The banner to the right of the screenshot leads to a
malicious app, which is basically a rogue optimizer, forcing the
final user to pay for activation. So what is actually going on here?
Basically, while looking for security and protection the end user
may end up with a nasty infection and lose money by paying for rogue
apps. The scheme used here is the same as in Fake AV attacks –
“detecting” things you even don’t have in your file system and then
asking for money to cure them.
If you want to check AV reviews, it’s better to visit well-known,
trusted resources like
av-comparatives.org, av-test.org and
Kaspersky Anti-Virus detects the threat mentioned above as Trojan-FakeAV.Win32.ErrorFix