Bad download a few days ago from a pirate site
Some of the worst types of malware infections
can be contracted and spread by visiting, pirate, crack and keygen sites. Those who attempt to get software for free can end up with a computer system so badly damaged that it cannot be repaired
. When that happens there is nothing you can do besides reformatting and reinstalling Windows.
Not only is that practice a security risk, BC takes it serious enough to include it as a violation of our BC Discussion/Message Boards Rules
No subject matter will be allowed whose purpose is to defeat existing copyright or security measures. If a user persists and/or the activity is obviously illegal the staff reserves the right to remove such content and/or ban the user.
One or more of the identified infections is a keylogger or Infostealing Trojan. Keyloggers and Infostealer Trojans
are very dangerous
. Infostealing Trojan horses steal sensitive information from the infected computer and send it back to the author of the Trojan. Keyloggers sit stealthy on your system and monitor all the keys you press including all your logins, passwords and private correspondence.
If your computer was used for online banking, has credit card information or other sensitive data on it, you should immediately disconnect your computer from the Internet until your system is cleaned. All passwords should be changed immediately
to include those used for banking, email, eBay and forums. You should consider them to be compromised
. They should be changed by using a different computer and not the infected one. If not, an attacker may get the new passwords and transaction information. Banking and credit card institutions should be notified of the possible security breech.
Although this type of malware can be identified and removed, your PC has likely been compromised and there is no way to be sure the computer can ever be trusted again. It is dangerous and incorrect to assume that because the keylogger or Infostealer Trojan has been removed the computer is now secure. Many experts in the security community believe that once infected with this type of Trojan, the best course of action is to reformat and reinstall the OS - "When should I re-format?
While we are always willing to assist with malware removal there is no guarantee of success. For XP users, the easiest thing is to do a System Restore
and choose a restore point with a creation date before the date of infection. However, should you decide not to follow that advice, we will do our best to help clean the computer of any infections but we cannot guarantee it to be trustworthy. Let me know how you wish to proceed.