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Very_Boring_Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 11:30 PM
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I just had to deal with the virus from hell
It masqueraded itself as a virus protection program (called Spyware Protection, with the tagline "designed to protect"), and wanted a credit card number to remove the spyware it claims to have found. It would not let me open ANY program whatsoever (including the internet), and I was lucky enough to have a laptop that I used to look up how to remove this son of a bitch. I used this article to remove it, I'd suggest you guys take a look at it just incase you ever have to deal with it

http://deletemalware.blogspot.com/2010/10/how-to-remove...
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WheelWalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 11:35 PM
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1. Hmm. I was going to discuss
my flesh-eating bacteria with you, but I see your virus is of the ethereal sort. You can tell I'm a digital adopter rather than a digital native.
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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 11:40 PM
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6. ...
:rofl:

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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 11:36 PM
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2. Oh yeah - that one sucks.
Malwarebytes got rid of it, but it wasn't easy.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 11:38 PM
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3. I got that bastard last year; since then I've run Malwarebytes
about once a week and it's caught the bastard before it crapped everything up a couple of times.

Gotta admit, when I first got it last year, I damn near fell for it.
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TheMadMonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 11:39 PM
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4. Before you install ANYTHING you are not 100% sure of, google it.
Google it by name (and the filename of the executable).

And then go looking for forum posts that are't testemonials in the results.

And if you do warez, FFS quarantine your downloads for a couple of weeks to let the AV vendors catch up with any brand new viruses.
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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 11:40 PM
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5. Damn, thanks for the warning.
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notesdev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 11:53 PM
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7. Here's another option
get Avast, ditch your present ineffective, memory-hogging anti-virus, and worry no longer
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Very_Boring_Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 11:55 PM
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8. I use Avast
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notesdev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 11:59 PM
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10. Then how the heck did you get that virus?
What gave it the opportunity to infect?
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Very_Boring_Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 12:03 AM
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11. It said something like "this website uses an old javascript, do you wish to continue?"
something like that, and I clicked yes and boom. My own fault, I know.
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notesdev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 12:29 AM
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18. eek
OK... first off get rid of Internet Explorer

Second, get yourself a copy of Firefox. Put in: NoScript, Adblock Plus, Flashblock <-- (important, Flash is a major avenue for spyware to enter), and for good measure I'd add BetterPrivacy.
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SPedigrees Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 12:15 AM
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13. Avast rocks. Ours is self updating. nt
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Maru Kitteh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 11:57 PM
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9. I do NOT miss that crap at all.
MacBook Pro baby.
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silverojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 12:09 AM
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12. Linux is better still
The OS is free, you can use your existing PC, and you don't create more trash on the planet by ditching your old hardware. And you don't have to spend a fortune on a computer that is about as customizable as a distant star.
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 12:17 AM
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14. thank you
macbook here. once you go mac, you never go back!
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caduceus111 Donating Member (85 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 12:24 AM
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15. I've had to deal with quite a few of these...
on other people's computers. They're QUITE nasty and hard to remove. The computer usually becomes very sluggish and you can hardly run anything on it.

Bookmark this site: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com

This site is invaluable for identifying and removing malware like this. And while you're at it, download Malwarebytes Antimalware and keep it available. It's a life saver for infected computers.
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TygrBright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 12:28 AM
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17. Thumbs up on bleepingcomputer, definitely.
That's where you can get rkill.

Without rkill (or a similar process killer) these little spuds are a real drag to deal with.

endorsingly,
Bright
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TygrBright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 12:26 AM
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16. Yeh, that's an ugly one. Had to chase it off my esposo's pute last weekend.
Somehow or other he'd managed to disable AVG, and the virus had gone in and emptied the folders where AVG, MalwareBytes, and Spybot used to live. It was a real fun afternoon.

Keep rkill on yer desktop, baby...

I switched him over to avast; hopefully he'll remember to run MalwareBytes every weekend, now.

wearily,
Bright
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WheelWalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 08:31 AM
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19. rkill is a must for the toolkit. nt
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Very_Boring_Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:56 PM
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20. it seems to be going around, two of my friends were also infected last night
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JTG of the PRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:04 AM
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21. I had that one too. Absolutely awful.
Fortunately I have a friend who's brilliant with computers (I'm completely computer illiterate - as long as it works properly, I'm happy), and she fixed t up and got some great anti-virus and anti-malware stuff on there (AVG Free and Malwarebytes).
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