There’s a certain scam alert on the Internet called “The ‘Roboto Condensed’ font was not found”. It’s designed to trick you into thinking that your Chrome browser is missing an important component that prevents you from seeing the full contents of a certain site. However, it’s actually lies – nothing is really missing and the developers of this threat only want to put additional malware on your computer by making you agree to a supposed update. If you do this, you get subjected to all kinds of trouble which makes your user experience a lot worse than it has any right to be.
Your system might possibly get infected with the Ursnif keylogger, Miners, or Trojans. And there’s now something else that has been added to the mix – adware. Those types of infections bring money to people behind them by showing different kinds of advertisements inside your Internet browser, including Pop-Up windows, banners, and coupons. This is exceptionally detrimental to the performance of the PC, as it makes it work much slower and crash. Besides, your personal information gets collected and is then sent to different third parties.
The safety of your online accounts, bank accounts, and digital wallets gets put in jeopardy as a result and you may end up losing everything that was stored in them. So adware is definitely not harmless, even though it may seem that way at first. Also know that its developers often present it as legitimate tools that can really help you with your daily tasks, and don’t seem to be afraid of legal repercussions. They really act like their software is totally legitimate and are exceptionally brazen about it. And adware can really help con artists get rich, so more and more of them are turning to it and try to get the maximum out of it.
As far as “The ‘Roboto Condensed’ font was not found” goes, the adware bundle being distributed appears to be one from the InstallCapital pay-per-install software monetization company. When such bundles are executed, they connect to remote sites and download an encrypted configuration file that has the URLs, command line arguments, and EULAs for software that’s going to downloaded and installed. These configurations are flexible and, more often than not, change, depending on the situation. The type of the browser, the geographical location of the computer being attacked, and the version of Windows installed on it all play a factor here.
And while it may seem that you can opt out of all the offers that you’re rained with, it’s not the case at all and you shouldn’t believe a word you’re told. Even if you do uncheck them, they’re still getting put on the PC. And once they are, there’s a whole lot of options to exploit it – it can be used to mine cryptocurrency, hijack your browser, display messages with fake alerts, and, as was mentioned above, show advertisements. Malware can also act as a doorway – if even one threat infiltrates the system, you should expect the flood of them next.
But this can be prevented if you steer clear of dubious sources, gather information before installing new browser extensions and plugins, download files and torrents from trustworthy sources, and choose Custom method when putting new software on the computer. Having security software can also help a great deal, but it’s important to keep it up-to-date. If you do all that, you significantly reduce the possibility of having the PC compromised. And this, in turn, allows you to continue getting the maximum out of it every single day.