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See this screenshot of a web page? You wouldn’t want to click on “Continue”, because you’ll get the opportunity to install a nasty piece of spyware, the zlob fake codec.


Unfortunately, this codec is being hosted on over 450 free AOL accounts. But it’s not just AOL — as you can see from this list of infection sites, there’s quite a few others in there as well.

These sites are designed to work off of typos. You input a typo, and the search link shows up.

For example, typing in cadicallic” on Live brings up the following results:


Alex Eckelberry
(Credit to security research Brian Porter)