MSI warns of a malicious website lacing Afterburner overclocking utility with malware
At the least one fraud website is imitating MSI’s obtain web page for its fashionable Afterburner GPU utility, and should you obtain and set up this system from the offending URL(s), there is a good likelihood you should have a malware an infection, MSI warns.
“MSI is informing the general public of a malicious software program being disguised because the official MSI Afterburner software program,” MSI says. “The malicious software program is being unlawfully hosted on a suspicious web site impersonating as MSI’s official web site with the area title https://afterburner-msi.house. MSI has no relation with this web site or the aforementioned area.”
Based on MSI, the Afterburner software program hosted on that exact area may comprise quite a lot of malware, together with a trojan virus and/or a keylogger. I tried to seize the file so I may run it by a virus scan, nevertheless it seems the location has both been banished, or the malicious actor has moved on to a different area after drawing consideration from MSI’s warning.
Both method, this serves as a reminder to double-check that URL when downloading software program, to make sure you’re getting information straight from the supply. And on this occasion, it’s solely potential that the malware-laced model of Afterburner has discovered a brand new dwelling on the internet.
To be clear, the respectable Afterburner software on MSI’s precise web site has not been compromised in any method, and “is secure to make use of.” It is a nifty utility, too—not solely are you able to overclock your graphics card with Afterburner, however you can even use it to doubtlessly decrease your graphics card temperature by tweaking your GPU fan curve, undervolting, and making different changes.
What should you’ve already downloaded and put in the compromised model? In that case, uninstall it instantly and run a virus scan. I might additionally really helpful sweeping your system with the free model of Malwarebytes, which may detect and eradicate malicious bits that AV packages generally miss.