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  • MALWARE Virus

    I was doing some listings last night, when I suddenly had this screens appearing on my computer. It said that someone is trying to steal my passwords and that a new anti-virus program needs to be installed.
    From there you can not do anything on your computer. All of a sudden I had porn shortcuts on my desktop, "danger" signs would pop up everytime you try to click on anything. I stressed!
    Luckily I know a guy in IT, and he came to my house. He told me that this type of virus is called "Malware", and it will bypass even your anti-virus program that you have installed on your PC. He fixed my PC in safemode and installed an anti-malware program on my computer.
    What is not good, is that he told me that he fixes computers daily with this problem. The virus is everywhere.
    He also gave me some good advice that I want to share with you. Just google the word "malwarebytes", and install a free anti-malware program on your PC. Maybe MacMuffin can share some ideas with us as well?
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    The best program I have found to date which has a 100% detection rate is Avira, it is free as well, just add dot com to the name Avira and you'll get to the site. Whats really handy is that if something is attacking your PC, there is a warning beep that goes off and a screen appears telling you whats going on. It updates itself constantly and actually gets rid of any type of malware, virus, spy program and so forth, very handy, been using it for nearly 3 years now.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Digitrade View Post
      I was doing some listings last night, when I suddenly had this screens appearing on my computer. It said that someone is trying to steal my passwords and that a new anti-virus program needs to be installed.
      From there you can not do anything on your computer. All of a sudden I had porn shortcuts on my desktop, "danger" signs would pop up everytime you try to click on anything. I stressed!
      Luckily I know a guy in IT, and he came to my house. He told me that this type of virus is called "Malware", and it will bypass even your anti-virus program that you have installed on your PC. He fixed my PC in safemode and installed an anti-malware program on my computer.
      What is not good, is that he told me that he fixes computers daily with this problem. The virus is everywhere.
      He also gave me some good advice that I want to share with you. Just google the word "malwarebytes", and install a free anti-malware program on your PC. Maybe MacMuffin can share some ideas with us as well?
      To me it sounds more like "scare-ware", program gets installed on your computer, giving you the impression that there is a virus on your computer. In reality, people make this program to let you think there is a virus on your computer, gives warnings the whole time, even change your back ground image with images of warnings and what not. Then you need to follow their instructions and immediately download "anti-virus" to clean your computer. You pay for it and they get the money - the whole time there was nothing on your PC! Just a program creating the illusion. What also gave it away very easy was that there would pop up warnings and a lot of them all the time. This happened because of the "anti-virus you installed. Happened to me once as well and when I saw you are taken to a site to pay I immediately knew this was one of those little guys. Very irritating to say the least.
      Jacque31

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      • #4
        thats called hoaxes etc

        Its also spyware

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Snet View Post
          thats called hoaxes etc

          Its also spyware
          Nope spyware gathers information without knowledge by the user. Definitely not the same as a hoax or scare-ware. Also a hoax is a prank with no harm caused by it. Scare-ware is a tactic to let the user cough up some money. So 3 completely different things in my opinion. Either way very frustrating indeed !
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          • #6
            To me it sounds more like "scare-ware", program gets installed on your computer, giving you the impression that there is a virus on your computer. In reality, people make this program to let you think there is a virus on your computer, gives warnings the whole time, even change your back ground image with images of warnings and what not.
            Exactly as you said. I had screens pop-up giving me instructions to proceed with a credit card payment. It automatically installed some sort of an anti-virus program and started doing "scans" of infected files. The thing is, everytime you click on the red cross to close the screen, another filthy icon would pop-up on my desktop. I did not loose any work on my computer, but it basically shuts down everything, and you can not do a thing about it.
            Last edited by Digitrade; 13-10-10, 06:24.
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            • #7
              I use Spybot-SD, as its primary function is just to inform me if a programme misbehaves. Then I get "under the hood", track down the sucker and remove it piece by coded piece.
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              • #8
                I've always been very good with regards to keeping nonsense off my pc due to the amount of important information on it.

                BUT! This morning when trying to access a supplier's website, things went wrong! That darn Malware thing has found it's way to my pc and I can't do a darn thing! I unplugged my connection to the modem immediately, and am now accessing the net from hubby's pc to see what I can do.

                Any BoBber's in the know - please help...

                PS. Downloading Avira - let's see what happens!
                Last edited by Cali Craft and Gems; 13-10-10, 11:38.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Cali Craft and Gems View Post
                  Any BoBber's in the know - please help...
                  Like doing surgery over the telephone without a diagnosis. Recently I had to remove "Smitfraud-C.gp" from a machine and all I can say is that eventually I had to boot from a Linux "LiveCD" to delete the virus files. Vicious critter was protecting itself even in Windows Safe Mode.
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                  • #10
                    This darn "thing" even over-rode the Avira software... now to phase two which is getting my hands on the 'malwarebytes' - if that does not work, then the pc will be making a flying exit through the window! I seriously do not have the time nor energy for this nonsense! (sick as a dog, plus have a show to prepare for in the next week plus the regular BoB stuff and parcels!)
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                    • #11
                      I had a persistant monster like that once, I ended up installing the avira program on a clean computer with all the updates and after it was running, took the hard drive from the infected PC and placed it in the clean PC as a slave drive. Avira picked up the problem on startup and got rid if the b@gger. 2 sweeps with the antivirus sorted the problem. Sometimes installing the antivirus after the fact creates more problems and the virus actually manipulates the installation of the antivirus.
                      The idiots who write these things need their t@sticles removed with a rusty spoon.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by kyle2 View Post
                        The idiots who write these things need their t@sticles removed with a rusty spoon.
                        I agree. The time I've wasted due to badly written AV programmes could have been spent on much better things.
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                        • #13
                          It is now over 3 hours that I've been wasting trying to sort this c*** out! As if I really have the time to spare! Grrrr!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Cali Craft and Gems View Post
                            It is now over 3 hours that I've been wasting trying to sort this c*** out! As if I really have the time to spare! Grrrr!
                            I understand your frustration, at least it's not a few days yet like a had before. Struggled for about a week and a half. Had to save everything, reinstalled Win, recopy everything and so forth. The thing was I tried all AV programs, tried manually to delete it. But this one made copies every time, and one the computer was booted, in any mode it would "respawn" again. Very very frustrating.
                            Hope you get the sucker. I you are still struggling - a good tip is to check what the virus name is, google the "virus name + removal", that should get you more info on it, how it behaves, other people's dealings with the same virus, removal techniques ect. Or post the name here, and people can have a look also.
                            Good luck!
                            Jacque31

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Cali Craft and Gems View Post
                              It is now over 3 hours that I've been wasting trying to sort this c*** out! As if I really have the time to spare! Grrrr!
                              Perhaps this will help: http://www.southerncape.co.za/recrea...g-20100909.php. It's my notes on removing "Smitfraud-C.gp" from a Windows XP machine. (Use at your own risk.)
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