Bleeping Computer spotted the fake Chrome link tries to install adware. a fishy Chrome advertisement when using Bing search engine. The advertisement appeared against the search query “chrome download.” The advertisement had a URL and look similar to other Chrome ads, so, it was hard to question its legitimacy.
After clicking the ad, the user is redirected to a web page called www.googlechrome2018.com. A download prompt then appears on the screen. The setup disguised as InstallCore bundle by VirusTotal.has been identified as
, when launched, further asks users to install different apps including potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). It then installs a Portuguese version of Google Chrome.
If you visit the page via Bing using Chrome, a download prompt for an extension called Chrome Search Manager appears.Bleeping Computer said they’d reported the ad to Bing and it might take a few days to be taken down. I wasn’t able to see it after searching for the same query. Possibly, they have removed it already, or the said advertisement has a limited reach.