Top-flight US online publishers are serving up adverts that attempt to install ransomware and other malware on victims' PCs.These are served up via flash, which gives you some options to protect yourself:
Websites visited by millions of people daily – msn.com, nytimes.com, aol.com, nfl.com, theweathernetwork.com, thehill.com, zerohedge.com and more – are accidentally pushing out booby-trapped adverts via ad networks, warn infosec researchers.
Patching regularly, uninstalling Silverlight or setting plugins such as Flash to click-to-play, will defend against attacks from dodgy banner adverts.All good advice. Windows Update should be set to automatic*, Silverlight is not needed anywhere that I've seen and can be uninstalled, and using Flashblock or setting your browser to click-to-play are all excellent suggestions.
* Careful about the Windows 10 upgrade pester offer. Read the popup carefully - the opt out is way at the end. Tricksey hobbitses ....