Published on 18th August 2008 – 17 Av 5768. Last updated on August 18, 2008.
Another day, another company has failed in trying to make me buy their product and I ain’t suprised no more. It was actually pretty clever. What happened is that they link to your WordPress installation and this causes a traceback to happen.
Now, typically linking to your is a good thing but in this case, the company trying to sell the product is now displaying their link within my WordPress Admin CP.
Now, being the type of person I am, I clicked on the link and it took me to a “YOUR COMPUTER HAS VIRUSES” page and not even for a second did I know it was true. On that page, it did an “online scan” and it was showing my C: Drive and D: Drive and scaning the DDL files within my “Windows” folder.
Now, I am pretty sure that some people will go – Oh no, I have viruses but this company will let me remove them. If they actually did some research, they would have known I was a useless person to aim their product at. My user-string for my web browser is
“Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:126.96.36.199) Gecko/20080703 Mandriva/188.8.131.52-1.1mdv2008.0 (2008.0) Firefox/184.108.40.206”
Now, lets just break down it down to the part we actually care about. “Linux i686” and “Mandriva/220.127.116.11-1.1mdv2008.0”. Basically, a quick second PHP script would have noticed that I am using Linux and forward me to either a “Linux Anti-Virus” or just send that it doesn’t work on my operating system.
So, if you are a company planning on do this, at least do your research into other operating systems first.