So… just did a test to see what happens when you type in “download VLC” into Google.
The very first link is an ad …
and it seems to be targeted at those who haven’t done this search before. Because if you search again, you might not see the same link. Unless you do incognito mode, or use some other method.
Anyway, my home network blocks this link. I use PI-Hole at home, so this crap doesn’t work anyway.
For Science™, I decided to try this inside a Windows VM. But it also failed, because of my network. So I had to use a VPN to connect to the outside world, and bypass PI-Hole.
Here’s the result:
- installed a chrome add-on
- changed my home page
- downloaded a “speed loader”
- install Avast?
Now you can say that someone who does this is stupid. But they literally went to Google and said “download VLC” and clicked the top link. And now the computer is messed up. You can see from the video that it was even hard to get the settings app to run. This is a fresh install of Windows 10, and it’s already messed up.
This is how easy it is to have your computer be infected. Windows has trained millions of people to just press “next” “ok” “yeah whatever” when they install stuff.
Why doesn’t Google stop this? This is their browser, connecting to their search engine, connecting to their Chrome store. Because Google is an advertising company.
I wonder how much they made off my click? A lot less than the culprit did… they force-fed me two pieces of malware and changed my homepage (and, ironically, an anti-virus). They were paid 3 times