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Possible infection with the Hallmark postcard.zip virus. Please help.

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#1 HookLineNSinker


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Posted 11 March 2010 - 12:18 PM

When checking email late last night, I oh-so-idiotically clicked an attachment link in an email from "Hallmark". I am paranoid on a cellular level so not sure why this time I fell for it other than maybe the virus first spreads transdermally via the finger/keyboard route rendering you instantly :thumbsup: enough to click the link. Upon clicking, WinRAR opened followed by a warning box asking if this was a trusted file as it could harm my computer, etc. I clicked cancel at that point and heeded the unsettling tummy tingles and got to googling. Well, google coughed up a zillion or so warnings about the Hallmark e-card scam. Apparently I am the only one left on the planet who doesn't know about this. Ugh.

I immediately downloaded Housecall and scanned like three times. Nothing came up. I ran a windows defender scan several times and nothing came up. I attempted the total virus online scan but couldn't figure out how to upload the file as I'm unsure at this point if I "executed" it. Forgive my stupidity but I'm not sure if I infected it by clicking the link or if I would have had to extract the file from WinRAR...which I did not. (I don't think) It's still sitting there in a download folder, listed twice as "postcard.zip" and underneath it reads "failed-cox.net".
I am using mozilla firefox. My system is not running slower but I do notice that it's been "clicking" pretty consistently since last night which I read could be a sign of something running in the background. But, it's done that before so I dunno. Several sites/articles discussed suspicious .exe files in windows task manager and there seems to be ALOT of them running right now.

Phew. Ok. Can someone tell me how to tell if I actually infected my computer and if so how to fix it and if I didn't how to delete the file(s) without causing harm. I did download "Hijack this" after finding this forum but didn't do anything with it because it was made clear that was a no no toy by yourself and I can't find where it went anyway. Any help would be appreciated because well, I think it goes without saying that I'm computer illiterate. :flowers:
Thank you in advance!

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#2 boopme


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Posted 11 March 2010 - 12:53 PM

Hello and welcome ,,It;s nice to meet the last person to get this :thumbsup: ..
What antivirus program do you have? Did delete the emaul yet ...do so.
You may not have infected yourself..

Let's run another scan tool please.
Please download TFC by Old Timer and save it to your desktop.
alternate download link

Next run MBAM (MalwareBytes):

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.44) and save it to your desktop.Download Link 1
Download Link 2
MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
    For instructions with screenshots, please refer to the How to use Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Guide.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.
  • If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.
  • If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
On the Scanner tab:
  • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
  • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
Back at the main Scanner screen:
  • Click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.
  • Exit MBAM when done.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be asked to reboot your computer so MBAM can proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.
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