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This is why one uses Aniti-Virus programs and is careful on what you open up attachment wise in emails. Also when you download something make sure you scan it with your anti-virus.

This is screen shots from my son's girlfriends computer. A scan showed 35 Virus which is bad enough but this one got her a one way ticket to reformatting (which I'll be doing this afternoon on her computer):

In the few minutes of turning on her computer these kept popping up - this was prior to me turning off her Wi-Fi

This is not good! She DID have a anti-virus but it was shut down by one of the many trojans/worms/virus that she had.

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Re: A Keylogger Attack

WAIT!

Before you format her computer, everyone should know that the "Vista Secuity Tool" is a fake anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Anti-virus / Anti-malware app. I've never heard of that one before but what tipped me off was looking at your screenshots. It gives a few signs that it's not a real one:

  • It says to "activate" it so you can start cleaning your system. Most likely for a price.
  • There are a lot of exclamation points in the alerts. Generally, programmers don't use many exclamation points in legitimate, professional software.
  • The sense of dire emergency it portrays. Real anti-virus / anti-spyware apps will generally just show that you have an infection. It doesn't make it sound like a life or death situation.
  • Real scanners won't flood you with alerts. You generally just get one big window listing all of the infections.
  • Improper grammar / spelling. For example: "Windows recommend Activate". It should be "Windows recommends activating ...".
  • Use of certain "Buzz words" to make people freak out. Like the word "Hacked". Real scanners won't say "System hacked!", or "Identity theft detected!". "Identity theft" being another big, scary buzz word.

So I googled "Vista Security Tool" and sure enough, I was right. Take a look. You can google that phrase for more on it too. What I would do, is use those instructions to remove the "Security Tool", and then run a few REAL scanners on the system. It looks like SuperAntiSpyware run in Safe Mode will also remove it. Chances are it's probably clean other than that, but there may be something on there still seeing as that one somehow got on there to begin with.


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Re: A Keylogger Attack

Thanks for the heads up - just got home from work so I haven't done anything yet. Anyways I'll run a scan and see what else I come up with. I did transfer her pics and music to a external I have and I scanned that and it pulled some ever so lovely stuff up. What can I say she uses Limewire and Kazaa, not after I get done with her Laughing

She really doesn't have much on here so I might just format it and be done with it. I did save all that she needs. However for grins and giggles I'll scan the crap out of it and see what it comes up with and what I'm left with bug wise. Smile

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Re: A Keylogger Attack

OK here is the update - I restored her to 15 days back, prior to all her problems. I then scanned her computer and found only 2 little buggers left but I took care of them and now she is good to go. Oh and I removed limewire and the 10+ toolbars she had, plus all the bloatware that comes with a computer now days. I also put AVG on her computer along with Firefox and chrome. I'll teach her the evils of IE Laughing.

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Re: A Keylogger Attack

Sweet. I'm always jumpy using system restore, since I'm never exactly sure what I'm going to lose during it's restoration. I usually just disable system restore and duke it out until my puter is spic n span again. You might wanna throw SuperAntiSpyware on there for her too, and maybe even MalwareBytesMalwarebytes Anti-virus / Anti-malware. Wink


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Re: A Keylogger Attack
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You might wanna throw SuperAntiSpyware

Already done - I use it and love it myself. Yes I will toss on MalwareBytesMalwarebytes Anti-virus / Anti-malware. Reformats don't bother me after I had done the first few in the past. I just preplan with downloading the drivers and I back up the data like pics, docs and such. It is one way to make sure all the nasties are gone. However she had 5 gazillion programs and since I like her I didn't want to have to pull a all nighter reinstalling them or giving her back a laptop that was basically empty.

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Re: A Keylogger Attack

Thanks for this informative piece. It just gave me a head's up on Super anti-spyware, and I immediately went and installed it. Now, I have 435 errors, cookies mostly, and I'm wonderin' do I delete them all? Or is it a pick and choose type of deal? Do I really have to go through 4 hundred and something errors? Ugh! But I guess it's worth it to get rid of something that could be potentially very ugly! Anyway, thanks for the input! Julie

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Re: A Keylogger Attack

For the cookies it's ok to just delete them all. Any site that you use that needs them will just issue another. If you're logged in to some sites, you'll probably have to re-login though, but that's no biggy.


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Re: A Keylogger Attack

Are cookies really spyware and are they dangerous?
This subject has been the debate of many newsgroups and online forums. Cookies are simply text files stored on your hard drive and cannot themselves harm your computer in any way. Typically cookies are used to remember logins and keep track of user settings on web-sites.

Think of them like leaving footprints on a beach...

Cookies can be used to track your movement on the Internet ONLY if a site is aware of the cookies and is designed to use the specific cookies. Because of their use in tracking, many feel that this constitutes spyware.

We do not consider cookies to be threats of anywhere near the same level of severity as actual MalwareMalwarebytes Anti-virus / Anti-malware threats that can steal real personal information, serve ads, or render a computer unusable.

SuperAntiSpyware will detect tracking cookies as "Adware.Tracking Cookies" and you can choose to remove them or leave them on your system. You may turn off this feature in the Preferences -> Scanning Control tab of SuperAntiSpyware should you not wish cookies to be scanned, detected and removed.

Hope this helps! - Mike, SUPERAntiSpyware

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