Can't wait to see "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"? Thinking about downloading a pirated copy? Think again, as it could contain malware.

Cybercriminals are pushing "blackhat" search engine optimization tactics to target the most popular file sharing and P2P networks, pursuing those interested in upcoming movie releases and in particular taking advantage of the sizeable Harry Potter fan base wanting to download the movie in advance of its screening.

Fans are baited with text like: 'Watch "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" online free'. What appears to be a legitimate looking website then redirects you to a video offer which prompts you to download and install the additional "streamviewer". The streamviewer, however, is installing malware. Suddenly, missing out on a sneak peek is the least of your worries!

To stay protected, remember to [update your antivirus and malware software] regularly and download movies only from trusted online retailers.

Source: PC Tool Tech email

---This is good advice for ANY movie or television show. If a site makes you download something not from a reputable company (e.g., DivX player directly from, flash player directly from, etc.), or makes you fill out stupid surveys and install "free players" or "free viewers", RUN. RUN far away as fast as you can. Cleaning up viruses and malware is not fun, and can result in costly loss of documents and other files. Protect yourself, and be smart with your viewing habits.


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Jun 27, 2009 3:43AM EDT

Ah, very Interesting. You cannot really trust any downloads for any new movies until a while after they are release.

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