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Hey guys!

No posts or browsing yesterday due to a serious computer virus (Trojan) my laptop picked up while browsing this site the night before. This is the second time this has happened and the only common thing is that I had a Watchfreeks window open at the time, along with my AT&T email. I'm definitely not bashing this site as it is one of my favorites but as a friendly warning to those who may come across this insideous Trojan. It disguises itself as an anti-spyware program (Win 7 or Win XP anti-spyware 2012) and will cause your browser to crash along with all kinds of warnings that your computer is under attack and you must now download this program which is itself the virus... I'm sure some of you may have had this experience. Long story short, after several attempts at removing it with my installed anti-virus protection programs to no avail, I was able to force a reboot in safe mode (with prompt) and do a system restore. This took several hours to accomplish with my less than computer geek system knowlege and online advice. Below is a link to the Trojan for your info:

http://www.wiki-security.com/wiki/Parasite/Win7AntiVirus2012/

One queston:I am now running a trial version of "Avast" virus protection due to the failure of the (free for At&T customers) version of McAfee. Any advice or experience on this or other anti-virus software would be appreciated. Thanks and happy browsing!:)
 

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I'm use Kapersky on the advice of James (TVDINNER)

been using it for 2 years now as my Last PC got wiped out due to a Trojan

Kapersky is a Paid program -but very very good - requires daily updates which it does automatically -all you have to do is make sure your pc is on and not in sleep mode

the price isnt bad -i recently re-purchased and upgraded from a 1 year to a 2 year version

glad you're ok now!!
 

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I've noticed blocks from malwarebytes I have on my computer, when I'm on this site.

I downloaded a trial version a couple of weeks ago to try it out, and in the past 4 to 5 days it has given me multiple warnings that it blocked something trying to access my computer.
 

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We scan every single file on this website (and the dedicated hosting server the files live on) daily. As of today's scan it is 100% clean (and has been for months looking back at the reports).

I take this very very seriously.

The challenge is malicious malware programs that live on many of the sites that we post links to. Once you go to another site that might not be taking the same precautions you run the risk of infection. And once there they are on your system they can activate whenever they are ready to strike and cause damage. Might be right then, or weeks or months later.

We scan for malware, all viruses, rootkits, etc etc etc and use a combination of paid commercial Kaspersky locally and additional daily scanning of our entire server done multiple times.

I fully understand how miserable it is to get hit with one of these viruses (as I have dealt with it personally myself and had to completely reformat my computer and start from scratch) and it is getting harder and harder to avoid them as it seems even major company's sites have been recently infected.

Please know that I am ALWAYS working on this exact thing behind the scenes and doing everything possible to make sure this site is not infected with anything like this. These efforts will never stop.
 

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There's a guy here talking about it too. He's not sure what forum he was on but you can check out the thread

http://forums.watchuseek.com/f2/fake-av-attacks-watch-related-sites-625904.html
I actually saw that thread and have been actively watching it. The responses there by the member named 6speedTA95 are very accurate and probably correct. he said:

Sounds like spyware/virus you picked up from somewhere. It's monitoring text on the screen likely via screen scrape techniques of some kind and then displaying pop ups to get your attention. Certainly doesn't seem to be from this site in any way and if you've been on other legit sites probably nto from them. More than likely its a function of the spyware as I mentioned above.
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Just because it happesn when you're surfing this site, that doesn't mean you contracted the virus from this site. It's possible I suppose if something went wrong but then I would expect far more people to be complaining about the issues. I don't get pop ups here in either browser (chrome or IE, not sure I've used this site on firefox) or on any of my computers.
These new malware programs get on your system somewhere and then activate whenever they want based on the sites you are visiting. So it does not necessarily originate on the site your are on. These are nightmares and a problem for everyone, on all sites.

I spend hundreds of hours a month (literally every single day) reading about these issues on forums and sites for website owners. It is a universal problem and something everyone is dealing with.

I will continue to hit it head on from my end with the daily scans and ongoing monitoring. As mentioned above it is one of my main and most important daily and ongoing commitments to this site.
 

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Thanks for the feedback guys! Up until just a few weeks ago I never have had a computer crash due to a virus and now that it's happened twice, I've got my guard up and am definitely keeping a current (paid for) spyware program running. I know that Watchfreeks is a safe site or as safe as it could be with the enorumus amount of traffic it hosts on a daily basis... I'll do my part in keeping my files as clean as possible.:)
 

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Norton 360 is the best on the market IMHO. Two years and no problems . . . .
 

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Norton 360 is the best on the market IMHO. Two years and no problems . . . .
I have Norton 360 and got hit with that exact same virus last week, I had to pay Norton $100 to remote to my PC and remove it. So Norton does not work for this, further more they told me they do not consider it a virus and gave me some BS excuse for why they were charging me $100 when there service failed to protect me.
 

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bmaben wrote:
Norton 360 is the best on the market IMHO. Two years and no problems . . . .
I have Norton 360 and got hit with that exact same virus last week, I had to pay Norton $100 to remote to my PC and remove it. So Norton does not work for this, further more they told me they do not consider it a virus and gave me some BS excuse for why they were charging me $100 when there service failed to protect me.
There ya go! I had McAfee and it went through that firewall like crap through a goose!Neither McAfee nor the free version of Avast was able to remove it... I now know not to run more than one firewall and/or anti-virus program simultaneously. Now running avast with the windows firewall disabled since avast has it's own. I was able to remove the virus by forcing and reboot and doing a system restore but it took several attempts for it to work. Afterwards, I ran Avast in "Boot Scan" mode and it picked out and quarantined a reminant of the virus eventhough the system was operating normally.This tells me that the virus has been inbedded in my system for quite some time and like other (human) viruses, reared it's ugly head for some reason. Well... So far (two whole days) it's been smooth sailing but I'm not letting my guard down.

After doing some research on the 10 top anti-virus/ anti-spyware programs, I can see the one TV uses "Kaspersky" is one of the best... Norton and McAfee are not among them eventhough they are probably the most popular.
 

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Norton is on all my windows-based computers too. Never had a problem.

Better yet, get a mac system. Its great for people who just want to use the computer and not tweek it!

Rob
 

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From what I've been reading about this bug, It seems like there is a pretty good consensus, that it's coming from Google ads. I've seen this mentioned on a number of sites.

Here's a quote from a guy on the web site below, The straight dope.

Yes, this is the same pattern I saw when I captured a Fiddler trace of a malware attack on Dec 17. In that particular attack, Doubleclick (owned by Google) served an ad from a smaller ad platform zedo.com which rotates ads. Zedo choose an ad from a malicious site (spheredintparted.com) which in turn redirected to ashaph.com/news (in Moldova) which served the Java malware. These attacks are tricky to prevent because they are changing servers and using nested ad networks to hide their malware.

this is there posts

http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?p=14600090
 

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I swear by Eset Nod32. It has caught items on several occassions when several others I have tried failed. Good luck to you on those stinking Trojans. They can be a bear to get rid of.
 

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I guess I better get off this site quick before I get infected, ha ha Sorry not making fun of anybody who got the bug, just wanted to say I fared OK on this site, been checking here daily for a month or two with no problems, Thanks to those responsible for a job well done.
 

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All is not well with my laptop... AGAIN!! I thought I had rid myself of the virus but it reared it's ugly head again yesterday and I have not been able to restore it.:( I've done more research on it and have found that it can remain dormant for quite some time and eventhough the computer seems to be running fine for weeks or even months, at some random moment it can manifest itself and bring it down again or just cause it run very slowly then bring it down. I've tried system restores... I've tried runningmy Virus protection programsinnormal, full can mode,in Safe mode, in every mode I can think of...I've tried downloading and installing anti-malware (Malwarebytes)but I cant stay on a page long enough without being shut down and redirected to thephony advisories...I've tried loading anti-malware on a flash drive from my desktop PC and then loading it on my sick laptop but the virus will not allow it to load... instead it identifies the anti-malware program as an infected file! I'm just about done with it! I'm going to have to take it to a specialist that can work in machine language and delete files and/or force an anti-malware program to run because Windows just won't do it... :eek:
 

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All is not well with my laptop... AGAIN!! I thought I had rid myself of the virus but it reared it's ugly head again yesterday and I have not been able to restore it.:( I've done more research on it and have found that it can remain dormant for quite some time and eventhough the computer seems to be running fine for weeks or even months, at some random moment it can manifest itself and bring it down again or just cause it run very slowly then bring it down. I've tried system restores... I've tried runningmy Virus protection programsinnormal, full can mode,in Safe mode, in every mode I can think of...I've tried downloading and installing anti-malware (Malwarebytes)but I cant stay on a page long enough without being shut down and redirected to thephony advisories...I've tried loading anti-malware on a flash drive from my desktop PC and then loading it on my sick laptop but the virus will not allow it to load... instead it identifies the anti-malware program as an infected file! I'm just about done with it! I'm going to have to take it to a specialist that can work in machine language and delete files and/or force an anti-malware program to run because Windows just won't do it... :eek:
If you have your files backed up, or like me who really doesn't have anything important if I lose them, you can just wipe the disc clean. Format it and then reload your OP system.

What's very weird with me is yesterday I installed a new video card and after starting the system up I got warnings from microsoft security essentials of 3 Trojans that were quarantined. They were Java script exploits.

I'm surprised Malwarebyets didn't pick it up, unless MSE picked it up first.
 

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My laptop did not come with a recovery disc but I do have "back-up" on an external CD drive. I decided to take it to a local computer "geek" small shop very close by who is recommended by some friends who live in the neighborhood. Turns out he's a great guy to deal with and knew exactly what my laptop has and how to go about getting rid of the virus depending on how deep it has entrenched itself into the system software. I'm thinking deep... He will reformat and reinstall my programs if necessary then load it with a Avast and Malwarebytes Pro that he claims run very good together... I still don't know what it's going to cost but I'm thinking about $150... The laptop is less than 2 years old and in great condition otherwise so I'm happy to let him do it... Will report later.
 

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Finally got my 'puter back from the local geek shop... $225 later it is virus free and running smoothly... Reformatted HD and reinstalled Windows 7 along with all my previous (clean) documents... Cleaned up internally, tweeked for speed and running Avast along with Malwarebytes Pro which is what they run at the shop... So far so good! Happens again and I'm getting a Mac product.
 
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