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nasty virus

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by southernshooter, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. Picked up a nasty today. Called winpcdefender. Google says it is a fake spyware service. Has huge popups that can't be deleted. Ran malwarebits-couldn't see it, ran avast-couldn't see it. Downloaded hijackthis-killed it. Thank goodness. Thought I was going to have to buy spyware doctor or some other at @$29.95 every 6 months.
     
  2. RDW

    RDW BTDT

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    Stay away from those Pr0n sites; future problems solved.
     


  3. DSMonsta

    DSMonsta Linux Pimp

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    That'd be giving in to the enemy and is not an option.

    Try using a healthy pc to burn avast to a dvd and run it from there. If that fails it may be time to reformat. Luckily I happen to know of a free operating system that's just about immune to viruses.

    http://www.pcthreat.com/parasitebyid-7818en.html

    This site also has a manual removal instructions although I don't put a lot of faith in them.
     
  4. As I posted, ran Avast first, said "nothing found"Hijack this got rid of it, don't need to reformat. This either came from Ancestry.com or an email.
     
  5. Linux3

    Linux3

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    No, whole different theory of operation.
    *nix systems differentiate between data and executable. Windows doesn't. Thus anything you download is data and not executable unless you actually set the execute it and run it.
    I could send you an attachment and say "here, download this and then set the executable bit and then run it and I will wipe your system".
    1) Why would you do that.
    2) You can only delete YOUR files not system files as you don't have permission.
     
  6. JK-linux

    JK-linux

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    I was being a smarty pants. Kidding aside though, that's probably the best and cleanest explaination I've seen articulated.
    +1 for Linux3
     
  7. Big Al 24

    Big Al 24

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    +2 :wavey:
     
  8. srhoades

    srhoades

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    I would run combofix. I can all but gurantee there is still remnants of it or something else still running that hijackthis doesn't see.