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VIRUS ALERT virusmaster2008

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by torpedoman, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. torpedoman

    torpedoman land of corrupt politicians Member

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    If you get a screen from this company TURN OFF THE POWER to your computer. Clicking anything will infect your computer with what my tec says is the nastiest thing he has ever seen. They will basically hold your computer hostage until you pay 50 bucks. Do not click any of their choices they all will infect your computer.
     
  2. lazyeye

    lazyeye Corvallis, OR Member

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    VIrusmaster, AntivirusXP, and some other variants are running around.
    They're pretty nasty. Some variants try to trick you into paying them money, other variants drop various payloads.
    Fun stuff all around.
     
  3. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    YIKES !

    I had to reload my computer last year because of a virus,and that is NOT FUN.

    Thanks for the heads up !!
     
  4. sweetbeard

    sweetbeard Beavertown OreGUN! New Member

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    Good looking out.... NEVER click on anything period.. thats my rule..
    I also Install my OS every 6 months to keep my system fast...
     
  5. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I've definitely seen an increase in the infection rate of the above mentioned viruses lately. Luckily Malwarebytes Anti-Malware does a really good job of handling them, much better than the other anti-* packages. 95% of the time I don't even attempt to remove viruses once I've confirmed my clients are deeply infected, as it's cheaper for them to pay me to reformat the system and reload everything. They also get the extra bonus of increased performance, since in most cases the computers have been in use for a year or two and never been reformatted.
     
  6. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I've definitely seen an increase in the infection rate of the above mentioned viruses lately. Luckily Malwarebytes Anti-Malware does a really good job of handling them, much better than the other anti-* packages. 95% of the time I don't even attempt to remove viruses once I've confirmed my clients are deeply infected, as it's cheaper for them to pay me to reformat the system and reload everything. They also get the extra bonus of increased performance, since in most cases the computers have been in use for a year or two and never been reformatted.
     
  7. JumpWing

    JumpWing NK WA Member

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    I've definitely seen an increase in the infection rate of the above mentioned viruses lately. Luckily Malwarebytes Anti-Malware does a really good job of handling them, much better than the other anti-* packages. 95% of the time I don't even attempt to remove viruses once I've confirmed my clients are deeply infected, as it's cheaper for them to pay me to reformat the system and reload everything. They also get the extra bonus of increased performance, since in most cases the computers have been in use for a year or two and never been reformatted.
     
  8. JumpWing

    JumpWing NK WA Member

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    Omg nwfa.com is infected!!!
     
  9. Hotwheelz

    Hotwheelz Pierce County Member

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    For those of none computer literate fellows what is " OS " and how does it keep your system fast .... Mine seems to be slowing down as of late and I tried the d-frag and some other option didnt seem to make a big diff. :huh::huh::huh:
     
  10. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    OS means Operating System (Windows, Linux, etc.). I really couldn't tell you of an easy to run program that would help you out because I generally reformat when systems slow down, and that's not really a simple process.
     
  11. Gunneyrabbit

    Gunneyrabbit Portland, Oregon New Member

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    Thanks for the heads up guys.
    G.R.
     
  12. sweetbeard

    sweetbeard Beavertown OreGUN! New Member

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    Yes Like joey said, it is not real easy to speed up your system.

    Save all your pictures and documents and start over from scratch with your Installation disks is your best bet.
     
  13. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Good call sweet, I forgot about the system restore partition/disks (I usually use the original MS disks to avoid the bloatware) but that's definitely an option. After you backed everything up you'd be able to start the process and, once finished, your computer would be just as it was when you purchased it.
     
  14. lazyeye

    lazyeye Corvallis, OR Member

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    System restore is just asking for a re-infection...
     
  15. sweetbeard

    sweetbeard Beavertown OreGUN! New Member

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    ?????? I don't know how that makes any sense...

    But I have an slipstreamed XP free of all the crap, TOTALLY ILLEGAL :woot:
     
  16. lazyeye

    lazyeye Corvallis, OR Member

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    Using system restore points often creates an infected restore point due to the triggers windows uses to create them.
    So the user goes and restores to a restore point and is back in the same boat, with the same outdated definitions that missed the original threat in the first place.
     
  17. sweetbeard

    sweetbeard Beavertown OreGUN! New Member

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    OK I am semi mentally impaired.. System restore is different that system re-install!

    My bad...

    You are correct system restore only works if ( well i never got it to work right ) LOL!

    :laugh:
     
  18. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Ah yeah, I should have differentiated between Windows System Restore and the System Restore Disks some manufacturers include with their systems. I was referring to using the disks. Though, you did remind me of something; some viruses can infect the restore partition that are common these days, thereby spreading the virus back to the main partition once the system is restored. These are a few reasons I prefer to use OEM Microsoft install disks and a single partition.
     
  19. sweetbeard

    sweetbeard Beavertown OreGUN! New Member

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    You make a good point, However when using XP I always delete the partition entirely then create a new partition.. Start from a clean reformatted disk .. Overkill maybe, but it only takes an extra 45 min to re partition the disk.
     
  20. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Forgot to mention that, I do the same. Who the h*** came up with "Press "L" to delete."?