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Nasty Computer Virus
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Jimbob    Posted 12-17-2004 at 14:05:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I believe a virus killed my computer. Even Dell could not undo this virus nor get info on what virus name it was. Had to wipe hard drive clean and start over.

The virus would not allow any communications to any virus detect/protection sites. Even adaware & spybot was on the virus 'stop communications' list.

It only allowed MSN access.

SusieQ    Posted 12-18-2004 at 01:56:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Please watch any electronic greeting cards this year...a virus is encrypted in any that say happy
(Hollidays) well don't open none of these, as I send paper cards via the mail.......just like doing it the old fashioned way. all my cards just have a lot of Love enclosed with them.

Peanut    Posted 12-17-2004 at 14:19:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Actually that type of behavior is very common among the nastiest of the spyware applications. Those particular ones reside in your RAM and on yuo hard drive. They also block you from accessing the popular spyware killers on the internet. Everytime you try to download a well-known killer like Spybot, you end up at some other web site. You cannot even FTP the files to your machine. If you happen to be able to load the spyware killer via CD you have to run it and reboot immediately after wiping it. This two-step process has to be done several times to make sure your RAM and hard drive is cleaned. You may even have to hack your local PC registry to remove the URL of the problem site that caused the problem.

This happened to me about 8 months ago. It took me roughly 15 hours to find the problem and fix it. What a nightmare that was. The worst part about it was that I do this crap for a living and still struggled with it.

Call it a virus if you want. But it was the hijacking version of the spyware applications. That is probably why Dell could not help you. The stupid programs don't have names that are easily found.

Jimbob, I highly recommend Firefox as a browser over Microscrap Internet Explorer. These types of downloads are typically blocked by Firefox where Internet Explorer lets them right in.

Sorry about the problems. Glad you are back up and running.

dig    Posted 12-17-2004 at 16:11:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
In addition to never using IE as a web browser you might want to try SpyWareBlaster. It stops the spyware before it gets itself installed. Jim and I have been testing it on a few machines and it seems to work.

Jimbob    Posted 12-17-2004 at 14:39:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Has anyone tried with that spyware shreader?

Not used it but ...    Posted 12-17-2004 at 15:09:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have heard that it works rather well. Jimbob, don't underestimate the freeware (Spybot, etc). They do a good job. If you want to spend the $30, go right ahead. It certainly cannot hurt.

- Peanut

Further Clarification    Posted 12-17-2004 at 14:24:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Those nasty spyware apps can also prohibit anti-virus software from running by automatically disabling them. Because they are typically spyware instead of a true "virus", the anti-virus apps cannot usually detect them anyway.

- Peanut

Clod    Posted 12-17-2004 at 20:00:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
A sure cure

midway    Posted 12-18-2004 at 07:48:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Question..... How much space does the "Spybot" take on the "C" drive? I've only got about 250 mb free space left.

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