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A Web Page Says I've Been Hacked


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#1 donp3

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 03:59 PM

Hi, this is my first post here so I hope it's in the right place.

Haven't used my notebook for a few weeks while I was on holiday, so I spent a few hours downloading the updates for xp and other software. After that was done I clicked on one of "my favourites" to catch up with my other forum buddies. Instead of the home page I was expecting to see, a page that said WARNING, THIS COW HAS BEEN HACKED appeared. I immediately logged off and ran several spyware/virus scans - all negative. However, I am worried as I had security toolbar 7.1 recently, and had a lot of trouble getting rid of it.

I'm tempted to reformat, but is there a way to tell if I really have been hacked first?

I am running Windows XP firewall enabled. I've overdone the antispyware due to previous problems -Spybot/Spynomore & Norton.

Many thanks in advance, regards Don.

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 09:08 PM

Hello I am trying to find more info on this item. In the meantime please run these online scans
Have you also run your online scans from Safe Mode?
ESET's Online Scanner

Panda ActiveScan?

Let us know if something was found.
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Posted 13 January 2008 - 06:42 AM

Hi boopme and many thnks for the reply. I sent the administrator of the forum in question an email telling him about this yesterday. I just got a reply saying that hackers keep changing the home page of the forum and there is no risk to me, PHEW!!

I am reassured, but just to be sure I'll do as you suggest and let you know later if I find anything.

Once again, thank you. Regards, Don.

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Posted 13 January 2008 - 09:21 AM

If you do a Google search, you will similar reports at other sites.
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Posted 14 January 2008 - 03:15 PM

Hi again, Panda active scan came out clear, I couldn't use the Eset scan without paying for it, (unless I was doing something wrong), so I skipped that one. I think then, I'm OK.
I looked on google, and I think that those Saudi hackers get their kicks from messing up forums. Although as I'm working in Saudi I think there'll be a nagging doubt in the back of my mind. So, I've got a lot of backing up to do but I will be reformatting just to be extra sure.

I want to thank you guys for taking the time to help me. I've only just started to look at the threads on this forum and I think that there are a lot of very clever people on here. I'm full of admiration and look forward to learning as much as I can.

Thanks again, Regards, Don.

Edited by donp3, 14 January 2008 - 03:16 PM.


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Posted 14 January 2008 - 03:27 PM

Your welcome.

To protect yourself against malware read:
"Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe".
"How did I get infected?, With steps so it does not happen again!".
"Best Practices - Internet Safety for 2008".
"Hardening Windows Security - Part 1".
"Hardening Windows Security - Part 2".
"IE Recommended Minimal Security Settings".
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