Safety Alert: Claims of Full Half-Blood Prince Movie Contain Malware


Jun 26, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

It’s movie season again, and that means one thing: Death Eaters are on the move again sending out bogus claims that fans can watch the full Half-Blood Prince movies online, however the mails and links contain harmful malware that will damage your computer. As we Harry Potter fans have seen similar situations in the past, PC World reminds us that:

If you happen to see a too-good-to-be-true offer to watch the latest Harry Potter movie online for free, watch out. According to anti-malware software maker PC Tools,
opportunistic crooks are using poisoned blog comments and dirty search
engine optimization tricks to highlight lures such as ‘Watch “Harry
Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” online free. Clicking a link would
take you to a post that would then attempt to fool victims into
downloading and installing a “streamviewer” to see the movie, which is
of course actually malware. Online crooks have used fake video codecs
and viewers for years as a favorite social engineering tactic.

Viewer beware!

22 Responses to Safety Alert: Claims of Full Half-Blood Prince Movie Contain Malware

Avatar ImageJaymie Brooks says: I think they deserve it, personally, for trying to pirate a Harry Potter film like that.Avatar ImageBellamont says: Common Sense people, don't look at anything that ISNT proven by Leaky. It doesn't take a Computer Science Major (like me), to know that you don't trust everything you see on the internet unless you trust the site.Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: As much as I would like to see the movie now, I wouldn't dare do that. Its illegal and it'll damage your computer.Avatar Imagejrivas1284 says: well I support the movie and JK 10000000% but daummm can u blame me for loving spoilers and been Desperate I waited 2 long years alreadyAvatar Imagephoenixes are in ravenclaw says: Not that many fans would actually WANT to watch the movie before the release date, for free, which is illegal anyway and is cheating out all of WB's hard work and Jo's storyline, even if it is not REALLY online! There are so many people who don't even want to watch the first five minutes (including me)Avatar Imagepunkedup88 says: I can tell you that fans who try to do this are not real fans. Real fans would support the movie thus supporting JK Rowling. I think it's sad that people do this both the victim and the perpetrator.Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: @punkedup88: Well, you can't really say that they're all not "real fans". They're probably just too anxious and too impatient, so they want to see HBP.Avatar ImageShinyPineapple says: watching the movie online for free is like cheating JKR, and warner bors, but mostly JKR, and y would a real fan do that?Avatar ImageKirsikka says: I want to watch it in the cinema anyways LOL. Thanks for the warning!Avatar ImageLloyd says: I don't want to spoil my imax experience anyway...Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: All legal and moral considerations aside... NEVER attempt to download ANY film before it's actual release in the theaters... Nobody is posting "screeners" anymore, so you are only asking for a worm or virus by doing so...Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: well... thanks for warning!!! Thank God I never watch movies on the web!!! ;)Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: definitely a worthwhile reminder and disclaimer! :)Avatar ImageCool Grandma2 says: I like a good deal as much as the next person but watching a movie before it has been released is asking for trouble. I can wait to see it in the theater and then wait impatiently for the DVD release.Avatar ImageBriannaWazHere says: Come on people let's think before we act. Avatar ImageTasyaWeasley says: cant wait . i want to see harry potter and half-blood princeAvatar Imagesunlitdays says: man i wouldnt want to watch it online anyways, but the virus is extra encouragment if i get a little anxious. 19 days....Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: i personally wouldnt download it like that. in fcat i wouldnt download it b4hand at all. xxAvatar Imagebengtson_98 says: Wow, people are stupid..Avatar ImageDolemite says: Just say no!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I hope everyone using the internet is intelligent enough to realize that much of the claims of a pirated movie will lead them only to disaster when it comes to their computer. Please be sensible as you browse, folks!Avatar ImageLeeann says: glad i dont download movies from the internet...

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