Why is Aurora (Direct Revenue’s latest adware) so prevalent?

Microsoft MVP spyware researcher Paperghost broke this story.

WOW. And what a story it is.

A 175MB Bittorrent file spawns massive adware.

Here’s what seems to be the story:

1. The file was a Family Guy cartoon wrapped in an adware installer. Paperghost found this BT file by trawling the net. No knowledge if the Family Guy cartoon is pirated or not.

2. With the Family Guy cartoon, comes a payload of adware (Direct Revenue stuff).

3. The group behind the Family Guy package is apparently Marketing Metrix Group.

Read all the juicy details here.

Hats off to Paperghost.

Alex Eckelberry