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I've been regularly receiving Trojan attacks...is someone/thing trying to hijack me?


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#46 Dave Finlay

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 05:09 PM

I've resigned myself to formatting and re-installing W7 on my PC, the problems this rootkit caused obviously run deep. Thankfully my infected installation held up long enough to allow me to complete the video productions I'd been meaning to do. I was able to get a list of all of my installed programs, now I'm just migrating all of my important data before wiping the slate clean. That should eliminate the issue once and for all, right?

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 04:10 AM

Yes, that should do the trick. Please let me know if you need any help with this, or if you have any other question. If not, this topic will be closed.

Please read these advices, in order to prevent reinfecting your PC:
  • Install and update the following programs regularly:
    • an outbound firewall. If you are connected to the internet through a router, you are already behind a hardware firewall and as such you do not need an extra software firewall.
      A comprehensive tutorial and a list of possible firewalls can be found here.
    • an AntiVirus Software
      It is imperative that you update your AntiVirus Software on regular basis.If you do not update your AntiVirus Software then it will not be able to catch the latest threats.
    • an Anti-Spyware program
      Malware Byte's Anti Malware is an excellent Anti-Spyware scanner. It's scan times are usually under ten minutes, and has excellent detection and removal rates.
      SUPERAntiSpyware is another good scanner with high detection and removal rates.
      Both programs are free for non commercial home use but provide a resident and do not nag if you purchase the paid versions.
    • Spyware Blaster
      A tutorial for Spywareblaster can be found here. If you wish, the commercial version provides automatic updating.
  • Keep Windows (and your other Microsoft software) up to date!
    I cannot stress how important this is enough. Often holes are found in Internet Explorer or Windows itself that require patching. Sometimes these holes will allow an attacker unrestricted access to your computer.
    Therefore, please, visit the Microsoft Update Website and follow the on screen instructions to setup Microsoft Update. Also follow the instructions to update your system. Please REBOOT and repeat this process until there are no more updates to install!!
  • Keep your other software up to date as well
    Software does not need to be made by Microsoft to be insecure. You can use the Secunia Online Software occasionally to help you check for out of date software on yourmachine.
  • Stay up to date!
    The MOST IMPORTANT part of any security setup is keeping the software up to date. Malware writers release new variants every single day. If your software updates don't keep up, then the malware will always be one step ahead. Not a good thing.
Some more links you might find of interest:
Please reply to this topic if you have read the above information. If your computer is working fine, this topic will be closed afterwards.

regards, Elise


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Posted 03 January 2012 - 07:41 PM

Okay, so I'm back on my formerly infected PC after having formatted and freshly installed W7. This time around, I'm giving Microsoft Security Essentials a shot, rather than AVG Free. Also keeping Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware around of course. I already follow the advice of keeping everything up to date. Should I be good with this antivirus and Windows Firewall, or would you suggest that I look for something more?

Other than that, I guess that rootkit won this war, but life goes on. Thanks for your help and advice!

Edited by Dave Finlay, 03 January 2012 - 07:42 PM.


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Posted 04 January 2012 - 04:51 AM

Yes, windows firewall should be okay, especially if you connect also through a router.

I will now close this topic. If you need it reopened, please send me a PM.

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