Malware attack

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  1. ShiftZZ

    ShiftZZ Funster Life Member

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    Just recovered from a Malware attack, Microsoft Security Essentials alert (fake software).

    I appear to have managed to get back, but the following is still an issue.

    Cant connect using any browser, I can PING but not surf.

    Tried to use restore point, that failed also?

    Any suggestions?

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  2. Jim

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    Easy, take out the DVD that you used to take a back up disk image of your C-drive using Acronis or the built in disk image software. Restore the disk image, back up and running in 15 minutes. :BigGrin:

    If you have not done that, then download Malwarebytes, this should remove it for you. Then buy acronis:BigGrin:
     
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    ShiftZZ Funster Life Member

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    Backup on home server

    Malwarebytes - running, removed infection, but it still stops IE/|Firefox/chrome from getting out.

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    A couple of weeks ago one of our machines was attacked by one of the fake software scams.

    Malwarebytes didn't sort it for some reason and neither did going back to a recent restore point.

    I sorted it by going back to a restore point about a month old. It appears that some of these scams corrupt recent restore points.
     
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    Out of concern for Jan .. on her Dell.. how was this malicious infection contracted ?
     
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    As said,the free Malwarebytes usually sorts it-the PAID for version actually prevents the attack in the first place. :BigGrin:

    Mike.
     
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    I had a similar attack several weeks ago - which apparently 'piggy-backed' in on top of a standard email. Not detected by AVG, Norton or any other darn program - but it was cleared by Malwarebytes process taken from somebodies 'post' on here.

    Everything back to normal except that my lifelong email address of: moandick@aol is defunct and should never be opened by anybody!

    Dick
     
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    I agree, a lot of protection for a little outlay. My paid-for version stops at least one attack every day. For those that don't know, the paid for version is the same as the free version, except it works in real time protecting you as you surf. The free version needs to be started manually, and you are normally only doing this after you have been infected.

    It does not interfere with most mainstram antivirus programs and I thoroughly reccomend it:thumb:
     
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    Just made some changes. Teh Malware, has changed my LAN settings and home page settings...


    ShiftZZ
     
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    Aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..

    Its taken over my browser, I type in say www.bbc.co.uk and it takes me somewhere else..

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    The free AVG says it has anti-spyware, so is malwarebytes needed as well ?

    Trouble is these programs are the quack doctors of the computer world. We can never be sure if what they say they find is a real threat or a false positive or just a lie to make them look good.
     
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    You've had a visit from Lisbeth Salander.
     
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    I think the one that hit us was connected to a web site visited inadvertently. It was not long after we bought the Samsung eReader so were doing ebook searches for the first time. Scammers sometimes set up fake web sites which come up in Google searches. You visit them thinking they are innocent and as the page opens the malware is downloaded.

    Normally Microsoft Security Essentials (or other security software) will trap the problem, especially if the malware tries to execute immediately. The one that hit us, though, hid until the PC was next switched on and then got in before MSE initialised and was able to stop it doing so.
     
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    It was on Jill's machine, Brian, not mine :Laughing::Laughing:
     
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    how many DVD's does it take to backup a 120gig drive? Is it even feasable?
     
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    The drive image software uses compression, but you will need a few if your disk is full. I keep some of my disk images on another hard disk, attached by USB in a £10 drive enclosure, and backups of those on a 32gb thumb drive
     
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    Brian asked the question, is malware the same as spyware? I also use AVG free that gives spyware protection and would like to know if it is sufficient
     
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    Malware is a generic term covering spyware, viruses etc.
     
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    How did you get rid of the infection?

    ShiftZZ
     
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