The PW Viruses, Spyware, and Scams Thread

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Postby Nethlyn » Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:26 am

elgaucho wrote:Just read through the below article, and felt it was worth sharing as a very clear warning of where we are in the digital age, and the catastrophic impacts that this can have if / when you are victim!

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/08/ ... n-hacking/
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Re: The PW Viruses, Spyware, and Scams Thread

Postby Nethlyn » Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:31 pm

Up to 18 Winupdates and Avira 2013

For the AV program, download the new free version and add your existing licence key to it, rather than accepting the auto update which might screw up.
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Postby Nethlyn » Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:08 pm

Up to 14 Winupdates

At just under half of them are for stupid NET 3.5, will it ever bloody work?
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Re: The PW Viruses, Spyware, and Scams Thread

Postby Nethlyn » Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:48 pm

http://forum.avira.com/wbb/index.php?pa ... 152f31d124

The irony of posting about Avira's views about any trojan when right now, their very last whole series update is screwing up machines all over the world.

If your installation is the middle version (Premium) and your machine is dual core, it will download but risks not working. If it's the free version you may also get stuck in a loop of messages telling you to download but your connection is throttled so the direct download from servers never starts or takes 2-3mins. Seems like the idea is to kick out anyone still using the software on a single-core machine because when I uninstalled it the PC sped up magically and AVG didn't have the same problem on the oldest PC- and found a trojan that Avira missed.

So you have to uninstall the old version before downloading any new one, and you will be taken to a nag screen offering a Premium licence for £10.99 and a much smaller link below it to continue downloading, choose download and you get a 2Mb stub, so really it prefers that you choose "Run" and have it install direct from the server - when it still might not work at the end. It's as big a PR screwup in the AV world as Norton's 2004 Internet Security update, which took then 5 years to recover from with Norton 360.

In the end I did get a key but it's on the laptop, the other three PCs I had to fix, I'll put something else on it for this year.
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Re: The PW Viruses, Spyware, and Scams Thread

Postby Nethlyn » Sat Nov 16, 2013 4:41 pm

Internet Explorer 11

Hopefully it's just a few bug fixes rather than throwing away IE10's good points as quickly as the average Chrome update.
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Re: The PW Viruses, Spyware, and Scams Thread

Postby Nethlyn » Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:29 am

Nethlyn wrote:http://forum.avira.com/wbb/index.php?page=Board&boardID=135&s=de73365e24d72e328fef749ca7861e152f31d124

Avira Hack Etc


Got hit by Avira's annual update trick and the fact that they don't wait a year, more like 11 months and 26 days, they send through the renewal 35 days before it's due which is just adding annoyance to their big combined Vista exodus and fake update hack of a year ago. Thankfully you can use this grace period as a cooling off period and request a refund.

They should get on with creating a proper Android AV suite for smartphones and then I'd be happy to keep giving them money, but not for PCs anymore sadly.
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Re: The PW Viruses, Spyware, and Scams Thread

Postby Medicine Man » Fri Nov 21, 2014 12:29 pm

Change passwords time again. PSN, Windows Live and 2K...

http://www.cnet.com/news/derptrolling-l ... er-logins/

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Re: The PW Viruses, Spyware, and Scams Thread

Postby Subway Diet » Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:43 am

I'm calling bullshit on this. Not only was it days after he posted on twitter that anyone even noticed this guy, none of the companies affected have mentioned anything about this. This strikes me as nothing more than some dumb wannabe "hacker" posturing on the net.

Fuck him. I ain't changing shit.
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Postby Mantis » Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:34 am

I've seen the so called list of leaked users. Half of the passwords that they've listed don't actually fit the basic criteria for PSN so there's no way they can be real.

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Re: The PW Viruses, Spyware, and Scams Thread

Postby Medicine Man » Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:20 pm

Good know. Thanks sceptical chaps. I salute you. :)

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Re: The PW Viruses, Spyware, and Scams Thread

Postby Nethlyn » Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:45 pm

Yeah no change to passwords around here if there were supposed to be less than 1500 affected Live accounts out of however many million use Hotmail/Outlook/whatever.

Sadly Norton is at it again with the current Internet Security suite, it really demands a Fibre connection or for the PC to be always on for the Liveupdates to stay in sync, so it's the wrong program to use if one of the three machines in the licence is a laptop or not powered up daily.
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Re: The PW Viruses, Spyware, and Scams Thread

Postby Wolfy » Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:02 pm

Just had a weird one that managed to snuggle into Google Chrome. AllDealApp. It added RUBBISH adverts to everything. To the point where I thought someone had been messing with PW... Until I went on another site and still got them.

Malwarebytes and Windows Defender could only squash part of it but I had to go into Chrome's extensions and delete it from there. It *seems* okay now but I'm not 100%.

I don't know how I've got it as I've not been physically AT my desktop for yonks - I stream from it constantly but not been doing much browsing on it.
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Re: The PW Viruses, Spyware, and Scams Thread

Postby Nethlyn » Sat Jun 13, 2015 10:52 am

Thanks Wolfy,

Meanwhile experimenting with different free trials resulted in isw.exe finding its way onto my machine, if hackers are targeting new reinstalls as they go through Windows update by using the Homegroup hack. There's supposed to be a MS system file with the same name but the genuine article shouldn't show up in your Users\Appdata\Local\Temp folder locked and unable to be opened or changed. At worst this is one of the malware items that will contribute to your not being able to either install, or update, IE11, and will also hit you with a 100% CPU freeze with 4Gb RAM and "memory buffered" major slowdown with 8.

Go in as an Admin, get rid of the fraudulent Homegroup installation in Control Panel, then you can click the properties for the locked folder, unlock to right click properties and remove all of its permissions even if you may need to go through the command prompt to try to manually delete the folder. CCleaner seemed to get rid of all the junk that had built up from it - nearly a CD's worth - after that, IE could update to 11 plus the cumulative Windows update this month that was refusing to add on, also installed happily, both using the 55mb standalone downloads.

I don't think it's entirely clear but we're that near to Windows 10 that I'm not reinstalling yet again - I will go back to only using Flash through Chrome as this latest attack happened when updating just Flash by itself for all browsers. Even then once I've stopped watching something I try to remember to reboot as a minimum.
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Re: The PW Viruses, Spyware, and Scams Thread

Postby Nethlyn » Tue Jun 16, 2015 11:26 pm

Now Lastpass gets the hacker treatment;

http://www.techspot.com/news/60997-last ... hange.html
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