At least one fraud site mimics the MSI download page for its popular Afterburner GPU utility, and if you download and install the program from offensive URLs, you are likely to have a malware infection, MSI warns.
"MSI informs the public of malicious software disguised as official MSI Afterburner software", Say MSI. "Malicious software is illegally hosted on a suspicious website that impersonates the official MSI website with the domain name https://afterburner-msi.space. MSI has no connection with this website or with the domain mentioned ".
According to MSI, the Afterburner software hosted on this particular domain could contain a variety of malware, including a Trojan virus and / or keylogger. I tried to grab the file so I could run it using a virus scan, but it looks like the site has been banned or the malicious actor has moved to another domain after getting the attention of the & # 39; MSI warning.
Either way, it serves as a reminder to check this URL when downloading the software, to make sure you get files directly from the source. And in this case, it is quite possible that the version of Afterburner, which has malware, has found a new home on the web.
To be clear, the legitimate Afterburner tool is activated The real MSI website has not been compromised in any way and is "safe to use". It’s also an ingenious utility: not only can the graphics card be overclocked with Afterburner, but it can also be used to reduce the graphics card temperature by adjusting the GPU fan curve, lowering the voltage, and making other adjustments.
What if you have already downloaded and installed the compromised version? In this case, uninstall it immediately and do a virus scan. I would also recommend that you scan your system with the free version of Malwarebytes, which can detect and eradicate the malicious bits that AV programs sometimes lack.