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COMPUTER-VIRUS-INFO

 
(viruses, including 'trojan horses')

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Aim of this page:

The NEWS, FORUM, BLOG, and REPORT-TO sections are provided to give you an idea of the types of concerns being expressed by computer users (and advocates of computer users) ... and NOT by the software vendors.

Anit-virus software vendors are not un-biased. Their main goal is to sell their software. So an attempt is made here to find virus info from computer users, rather than of people with people with some monetary gain in mind --- more so than a solution to end all solutions.

By the way, aniti-virus software cannot keep up with the new viruses and the changing 'footprints' of the older viruses. The best defense is using passwords and setting up an 'admin' user separate from the daily user account(s) --- and use the 'admin' account to install new software. Couple that with installing and using software from trusted sources.


My encounters with computer viruses ('trojan horses'):

See the blog post on this site titled Microsoft Security --- an oxymoron - a story of a Microsoft Windows ME computer virus infection, 2007.

Also see the blog post on this site titled Zbot Virus --- on Microsoft Windows - another story of a Microsoft Windows (XP) computer virus infection, 2009.


One way of finding stuff on this page:

You can use the 'Find' option of your browser to find keywords on this page,
such as 'forum' or 'report' or 'trojan' or 'microsoft'.

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Virus (and Anti-Virus) DESCRIPTION pages

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Virus NEWS sites

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Virus FORUM sites

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  • Castle Cops forums - castlecops.com/forums.html
    for virus info, see the forum called "Virus - Protection" in the "Security" section
    and see the forum called "Hijackthis - Spyware, Viruses, Worms, Trojans Oh My!" in the "Privacy" section

  • My TechSupport.ca forums - mytechsupport.ca/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,42#14
    for virus info, see the forum called "Security & Viruses" in the "Internet & Network Support" section ;
    note that the Viruses forum has many more posts than any of the other forums

  • AmazingTechs.com forums - amazingtechs.com/index.php?showforum=53
    for virus info, see the forum called "Adware, Spyware & Hijacks" ;
    it has many more posts than any of the other "Internet ,Security and Design" forums

  • bleepingcomputer.com forums - www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/forum79.html
    for virus info, see the forum called "Am I infected? What do I do?" in the
    Security sub-forums ; also see "Spyware Removal Guides & Self-Help and Reading Room"

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Virus BLOG pages

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  • Optimistic Ireland -
    optimisticireland.blogspot.com/2005/09/computer-virus-that-could-take.html
    2005. "On Thursday, the 25th of November (Thanksgiving), my computer was infected by a virus that literally
    took control of my web browser and wrecked my machine when I tried to get rid of it."

  • Guilded Lilies -
    ninthwavedesigns.typepad.com/guilded_lilies/2006/02/may_the_starfor.html
    (2006. Contains a comment on "OS privileges" that is worth noting.)

  • Live Journal - community.livejournal.com/computerhelp/856083.html
    (2006. Demonstrates some of the frustrations of dealing with a virus -- and anti-virus vendors.)

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Virus REPORT-TO sites

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EXAMPLES of Virus INFECTIONS

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The examples below (mostly mail threads) indicate how time-consuming it can be to recover from a virus infection. It usually requires knowing how to boot up MS-Windows in "safe mode" to be able to remove (or rename) files from MS-Windows "system" directories. The trick is finding the names of all the files that you need to delete --- or restore. (Good luck.)

AND recovery from the more stubborn viruses --- ones that keep re-inserting themselves on your machine, via those hacker-programs in your system directories, which re-insert startup entries in your Microsoft "registry" database --- usually requires re-installing your operating system (OS) ... to get out of that frustrating cycle of re-infection ... and to get programs like your web browser working properly again.

So be sure to save the "recovery" disks that came with your PC. And hope that the virus allows you to backup your personal files to CD's. If you get a virus --- and you probably will if you download "free" stuff from 'questionable' sites on the internet --- you will almost surely need those recovery disks.

NOTE: The typical home-style MS-Windows operating system allows hackers to REMOTELY create and change files in your "system" directory. BUT ... MS-Windows (Bill Gates) will not let you remove those hacker-files without going through a lot of time consuming nonsense, like shutting your computer down and re-booting in "safe mode".

    (FURTHER NOTE: The requirement of "safe mode" is to keep your computer OS safe from YOU, not from the hackers. The hackers have free access to your system directories --- and ALL directories.)

The MS-Windows operating system (OS) for the Home, as it is delivered, allows hackers to put new entries into the "registry" --- usually via the programs the hackers have put in your "system" directories. BUT MS-Windows (Bill Gates) continues to allow hacker programs to access the "registry". Hence, all the propaganda that Microsoft puts out about making their OS more secure is just so much hogwash.

Linux and Unix operating systems are not wide-open like this. For those OSes, you (and the hackers) must know your system administration password in order to make changes to files in Linux/Unix system directories.

Why doesn't Microsoft implement permissions like this in their system?

Probably because Microsoft does not want to confuse the typical home user and make it more difficult for them to install/download software onto their machines, by requiring users to establish and remember an administration password.

    (Gee, do you think Microsoft might be getting a kickback from anti-virus software companies to keep the 'holes' in the Microsoft operating system(s)? If Microsoft closed those holes, there would be a lot of software company bankruptcies --- and a lot fewer postings on internet forums, about computer virus infections.)

It looks like Microsoft "home" users will continue to be plagued by viruses and virus software updates and firewall maintenance --- as well as spyware, adware, etc. etc. etc. --- as the following examples indicate.

    (BY THE WAY: In my humble opinion, anti-virus software and virus updates are mostly a waste of time (especially for the home user), because, as far as I know, virus removal programs cannot go into "safe mode" on your computer and remove the offending virus files.

    Besides, no matter how hard the virus-removal-software vendors try to keep up, there will always be viruses that use somewhat different file names --- typically by randomly generating the file names.

    So to recover from a virus, you will almost surely need to go into "safe mode", manually, and manually remove offending files.

    Better yet, save yourself from wasting time trying to find all the 'hacked' files that were inserted or changed. Just copy your personal files to CDs or DVDs. Then use your OS-recovery disks, that came with your PC, to re-install your operating system.

    And re-install and re-tailor all your other programs, like image processing and music playing and web browsing and mail programs --- painful as that may be.

    I contracted a computer virus that took over my MS-Windows desktop, similar to some cases indicated below. So I speak from experience in making the comments above.

    I had to copy personal files to CD and restore the OS from PC-recovery disks. I made some attempts at manually removing hacker files via "safe mode" --- and removing hacker registry entries via "regedit". But I could not find all the files and registry entries to clean up in order to get MS-Internet-Explorer work properly, without periodically "hanging up".

    I needed MS-Internet-Explorer to access the Microsoft download site, to update software like Outlook Express and Internet Explorer. Firefox or Mozilla would not perform Microsoft downloads. So ... here is another example of how Microsoft is "proprietary" and "not open".

    No wonder people whose Microsoft-OS computers have been disabled by a virus swear that they will change to an Apple Macintosh computer, or Linux.

    I would highly recommend installing a "firewall" program, like Zone Alarm, so that you can be aware of attempts of "rogue" programs running on your computer to send data OUT onto the Internet, or bring data IN from the Internet. It gives you some much-needed visibility of what is going on on your computer when surfing the Internet.)

Example computer virus infections :

Computer Virus - PRIMER pages   (esp. how-to's on removing viruses)

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MS-WINDOWS INFO sites   (for dealing with a virus infection)

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LINUX INFO sites   (for dealing with a virus infection)

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APPLE-MAC-OS INFO sites (for dealing with a virus infection)

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Virus IP LOOKUP (WHOIS) sites

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Computer Virus "WEB DIRECTORY" sites   (such as DMOZ)

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