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#1 Post by kodama » Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:05 pm

I'm getting really tired of removing this from various clients' computers. It's a nasty bastard piece of malware. It's a fake, the payment site is a fake and everything about it is fake and criminal.

So for f**k sake do not touch it with a barge pole.

This article whilst long and technical (a little bit anyway) explains it all.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/08/22/anatomy_of_a_hack/

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#2 Post by Ryu Soma » Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:16 pm

One of my friends warned me aboot this on tuesday, his words were 'go near it and I will pull your fingernails out and make you eat them' so i'm staying well clear :wink:
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#3 Post by kodama » Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:20 pm

You have a very good if somewhat blunt friend! :D

For those of you sailing the internet seas without antivirus protection, first WHAT THE F**K ARE YOU SOME SORT OF MORON? :wink: Secondly, this detects XP antivirus 2008 and it's genuinely free.

http://free.avg.com/ww.download-avg-anti-virus-free-edition

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#4 Post by Ryu Soma » Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:23 pm

That just made me cry laughing :lol: :lol: :lol:

My friend is usually right about those things and plus I like my fingernails :wink:
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#5 Post by shogran » Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:42 pm

I came across it about 3 weeks or more ago, and i did have a look , well up to the part were it asked for money :evil: , so it go a no, and feck off, a day or too later it turned up again and i found how easy it was to tell it was a fake, each time it scanned the pc it came up with different results, how's that for stupid, *thinks perhaps if i tell them the mistake they will cut me in :D *.

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#6 Post by BT » Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:18 pm

Isn't this just another one of those "Pretend to be Anti-virus programs"? Like Winfix and other junk. That one used to sit on Megaupload and redirect you sometimes. Those things can be annoying; as soon as you hit the page you're basically infected. This can be in the form of a pop-up or page re-direction. I bet it's a nightmare to get rid of too, like most of these things are.

I know I'm safe, and my other computers are since we all use individual firewalls which blocks this kind of stuff. And if it does get through one of the many anti-malware programs will catch it. But I can bet most of my neighbours will end up picking this up if it's as wide spread as Winfix was. Oh joy :? .

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#7 Post by kodama » Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:27 pm

I hope you combine that with a good AV program. There are some nasties out there that use known services for their internet access.

This one seems to be run by a very business like group of criminals.

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#8 Post by BT » Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:41 pm

Yeah I'm aware of all that. Got programs to watch all connections in and out of the computer, can see what processes are acting odd. Although I can usually feel when a PC is playing up now and can get to the problem fast. That's what happens when you use the computer everyday for years :lol: .

AVG with a 1 year subscription here, just for the Rootkit scanner. Although it found nothing so that was a waste. The free version does everything else fine and I recommend it to anyone whose' computer I go to fix. Had to disable the Web shield and Link scanner on mine though, they just slow IE too much. Just don't click stupid links and you won't need the link scanner. And the firewall conflicts with the Web shield, so one has to be disabled. :thumb:

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#9 Post by LeeDless » Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:15 am

During my early internet days I fell for alot of fake anti-spyware programs (WinX Defender, Spyware Sheriff, Malware Alarm etc), but I know better now thankfully and AVG Free Edition takes care of my anti-virus needs.
Had to disable the Web shield and Link scanner on mine though, they just slow IE too much

Me too, I just use the WOT add-on for Firefox, much faster and does a better job.
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