Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Very Nasty Virus

Hubby and I just returned from our favorite computer builder and repairman (Moses Rogers, CST Computers) after dropping off my Vista Computer with a virus that we had not been able to resolve with the usual methods.

It comes up with a false “Microsoft” alert saying that you have a Trojan or virus and need to purchase a $39, $49 or $69 solution and directs you to a web site called Internet Security 2010.

 The patch is an IDS (Intrusion Detection Software). The effort is to get you to purchase the software and then they have your credit card number.

We had attempted to deal with this with our Norton Security “360”, Windows Defender and a specific “Microsoft” resolution for infected computers. All these did was to contain the problem, but as soon as the computer was started again we were right back to ground zero.

Moses says that this problem has been out for about a year and a half and is from the Ukraine, Russian Mafia in partnership with Indian engineers. There is currently no permanent solution. Microsoft has a $250,000 reward out for a solution and they are spending large internally for a fix. So far there is no protection.

So if you get the pop up for IDS software Internet Security 2010, the best route is to shut down the computer and make a trip to your favorite computer repair place. The fix that Moses is using is to back up our files in documents, pictures, and music and dump windows and reload. This is the first time I've ever had a virus of any kind. I thought I just needed a great virus protection program and Window's Defender. Wow, was I wrong.
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33 comments:

  1. O my God, I got IDS software Internet Security 2010 last night, I know why my comp like slow to respond, Thank you dude :)

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  2. YIKES, thanks for the warning.

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  3. eeewwww! :( thanks for the heads up!

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  4. Thanks for the info. I've heard of this one but haven't yet encountered it (taking a moment to knock on wood before continuing) as of yet and hopefully won't ever. Your post is a reminder to all of us that we should be backing up our data regularly ... always ... because 'stuph happens' ... viruses exist,hard drives crash, etc. I'm wondering if you're using this as an opportunity to upgrade to Windows 7? Someone in class last night mentioned that she's having trouble with Photoshop 8 running Windows 7 and that may keep ME from making the switch from Vista. As Gilda Radner reminded us, "It's always something!"
    Hugs and blessings,

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  5. Oh my goodness. That is scary.

    I hope your computer behaves from here on out.

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  6. Oh, I truly hate computer problems. I have 3 PCs and a laptop. I use an online backup for all my documents and photos. I backup my accounting to a DVD daily, because that's how I make my living. OCD much?

    I wish I could go to a Mac but my accounting is not available for Mac.

    I have popup blockers, which I only override for sites I trust, and that doesn't happen often.

    Big hugs xo

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  7. I had that virus too about a year ago and they had to take everything off my computer. I do need to do some back ups. Glad you got yours fixed. Wish they could get whoever does this and put him or her in jail.

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  8. Thanks for sharing Sandee!
    I will take extra care.

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  9. I got that 'Microsoft' pop up a few months ago, but made an assumption that since it didn't come via the usual means, I didn't click on the link to follow it. I clicked it off, went offline, ran my Norton 360, found no problems, and returned to normal ops.

    I am a very untrusting cuss when it comes to any/all pop-up screens, especially those that appear out of cybernowhere. Sounds like that's a good thing...

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  10. I will be more vigilant with my computer. These kind of virus usually comes from unsolicited email or infected site. Thanks for this information. :-)

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  11. or just get a mac. the end.

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  12. Sorry to learn of your problem. Thanks for the warning. Glad I've got a Mac.

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  13. I bought a Windows 7 laptop in November as a back-up to my MAC LOL I haven't turned it on since I got it. I did some configuring and stuff and now there it sits on the corner of my desk, unused. I love my MAC but a lot of programs I like, including games, aren't made for a MAC.

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  14. Unfortunately I can't afford a Mac so that solution is right out the window. I'll have Amanda take a look at this, too, as she's on the desktop more than I am though I have told her many, many times to download NOTHING without asking me first!

    Thanks for the heads up, Sandee!

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  15. I have my email protected also. This may be where it came from. I'm always picking up a Trojan or piece of spyware. So far though I've been able to quarantine them. Keeping your antivirus and antispyware up to date daily will help catch some brand new stuff. Seems like midget porn sites have the most viruses. I'm going back to beastility sites.

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  16. oh gosh, how horrible. Thanks for letting us know. Computer viruses are too scary!

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  17. I haven't seen that one, so thanks for the heads up. I have pop-ups blocked. I back up daily to my memory stick, plus I have off-site constant back up going on. Can't be TOO careful with info and precious photos! DVDs don't last forever.

    I sooo dislike thieves.

    Big hugs, honey...great public service announcement!

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  18. Thanks for the information. It was really helpful. I'm running Adaware and they seem to be blocking lots of things Norton doesn't catch but there's always something out there. Glad you got it fixed and thanks for sharing your advice.

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  19. Great info! Thanks for posting. I'll let hubby know of this as well as he has his own laptop now. :)

    Hope the fix is quick.

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  20. Thanks for the info, Sandee. Hope your computer comes home healthy, safe and sound.

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  21. Thanks for that tip.I think that is why I'm always killing this computer and bringing it back to life. I regulary do back ups but it seems like it is never enought.than I use my recover disc and wipe out the computer with the discs bring it back to the factory setting the it had when I bought this computer.
    To me it is cheeper that taking it to a specialist.

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  22. Sandee, thanks for the heads up. I have gotten hit in the past and my husband has had to reformat my computer. Do you happen to know where you were when you got this virus? If you were dropping on EC and know the site, I can take care of that. I'm sorry your computer got hit, but I'm glad you got it taken care of.

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  23. What a headache!! I haven't heard of this virus. Do you know how you got it? Sorry it caused you so much trouble, but glad to see you are back.

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  24. I'm off to do a little much needed back up since we all travel in the same places.

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  25. Thanks for the info... I'll be careful...

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  26. Bummer, Sandee!
    I bought my first Apple in 1984. I'm an Apple zombie. I had several reasons just today to remind me why I'm glad to be all Macintosh. No viruses is certainly one of them.
    Hope your fix works out alright.

    (MacBook...)
    That was a subliminal message.
    ;-)

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  27. Thank you for the heads up. My computer is already acting iffy and we have a repairman coming about our DSL tomorrow. I don't need ANYTHING else to take the wind out of my blogging sails.

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  28. I've heard of this virus but fortunately haven't run into it. Thanks for the tip.

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  29. Hubster got that one and actually clicked on it not paying attention and thinking he needed to run a scan. Been having issues ever since. I'm calling him now to pass along the info. Wish I could find a solutions. $250,000 would be nice, lol.

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  30. Sorry to hear that Sandee. No matter what anti virus program you use and in combo. Once a mouse trap is set, there is always someone out there figuring out how to by pass it to get to the cheese.

    That is why I spent so much time on my blog dealing effectively I might add (knocking on wood) with dealing with spammers.

    The best advice I have is one of two things. Never go on the internet again or buy yourself a Mac. I have never heard of one Mac (Apple) user complain about a virus they picked up.

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  31. I have ONE Care for an anti virus, and have been (surprisingly) very happy with it. I surf with wreckless abandon all the time, and it has caught everything that has attempted to get through.
    As for files, I have back up on line in multiple places, so would simply buy a new computer if major trouble happened.
    Two things I never do ... click on an attachment, nor click on ANY pop up.

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  32. Never heard of this virus before.. but seems very nasty and deadly :)

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