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#1 SmokeViper07

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 08:27 PM

Around last week I was surfing the web through Mozilla Firefox and noticed my MSN Messenger had went offline, I had just thought, "Ok, whatever it disconnected again I'll just sign back on." When I signed back on it wasn't that normal. Coming online I had almost missed it but I did the whole "double check" and the area with MSN Messenger where you would enter a message/status to share with your contacts during the time your online had changed. The message read this, "You've been hacked I'm gonna ripe your mom" Since this incident I've reformatted to 3 different OS's and am currently running Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit. I am in the habit of changing out email addresses every 5 months to 1 year and always having atleast 1 dedicated for SPAM mail and 1 as unknown as I can keep it. I don't want this incident to happen again and was wanted to know any security precautions recommended to take on securing my MSN Messenger as well as figuring out how this happened to begin with. I am currently using VIPRE as an anti-malware and comodo firewall alongside windows firewall. Anything at all you would be willing to share would help, thanks.

Edited by Orange Blossom, 11 February 2010 - 09:11 PM.
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Posted 12 February 2010 - 09:34 AM

Please read How Malware Spreads - How did I get infected.


Tips to protect yourself against malware and reduce the potential for re-infection:

Keep Windows and Internet Explorer current with all critical updates from Microsoft which will patch many of the security holes through which attackers can gain access to your computer. If you're not sure how to do this, see Microsoft Update helps keep your computer current.

Avoid gaming sites, porn sites, pirated software, cracking tools, keygens, and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs (i.e. Limewire, eMule, uTorrent). They are a security risk which can make your computer susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. Malicious worms, backdoor Trojans IRCBots, and rootkits spread across P2P file sharing networks, gaming, porn and underground sites. Users visiting such pages may see innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads and malicious Flash ads that install viruses, Trojans, and spyware. Ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users. Porn sites can lead to the Trojan.Mebroot MBR rootkit and other dangerous malware. The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to avoid these types of web sites and not use any P2P applications.Beware of Rogue Security software as they are one of the most common sources of malware infection. They infect machines by using social engineering and scams to trick a user into spending money to buy a an application which claims to remove malware. For more specific information on how these types of rogue programs and infections install themselves, read:Keeping Autorun enabled on USB (pen, thumb, jump) and other removable drives has become a significant security risk as they are one of the most common infection vectors for malware which can transfer the infection to your computer. To learn more about this risk, please read:Many security experts recommend you disable Autorun asap as a method of prevention. Microsoft recommends doing the same.

...Disabling Autorun functionality can help protect customers from attack vectors that involve the execution of arbitrary code by Autorun when inserting a CD-ROM device, USB device, network shares, or other media containing a file system with an Autorun.inf file...

Microsoft Security Advisory (967940): Update for Windows Autorun
How to Maximize the Malware Protection of Your Removable Drives

Other security reading resources:Browser Security resources:• Finally, if you need to replace your anti-virus, firewall or need a reliable anti-malware scanner please refer to:

Edited by quietman7, 12 February 2010 - 09:35 AM.

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