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Online Banking Virus Could Wipe-Out Your Account

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By Diane Lee

Brian Hamilton's B-Tech Computer Repair shop is like an electronic graveyard where most of the victims have crashed thanks to hackers.

"75% of the business that comes to me is virus related," said Hamilton.

Of all the damage he's seen, he says the latest virus to hit the scene could do the most harm.

"This one has the potential to be extremely destructive just because it's masked so well."

The pop-up looks like it's from Chase Bank.  It asks the user to authenticate the account by giving information like a social security number.

You might think no one would be so foolish as to fill it out.  But get this, the virus remains unresponsive until you visit your bank site, activating at just the moment you might fall for it.

"It will sit there dormant and whenever you enter one of those web addresses in, it clicks the button and says OK I'm going to interact, and then you see the pop-up," says Hamilton.

Another scary part is just how easy it is to get a virus like this.  Experts say it's as simple as going online nowadays.  And once you get one virus it can download more and you can end up with hundreds.

The best way to protect yourself is to keep your anti-virus program up to date and run frequent full- scan checks. 

It's people who forget to do that, that keep computer repair men like Hamilton in business.

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