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    infection galore

    This is the first time I have ever seen a computer a sick as this.

    ---Begin Story------
    A couple of nights ago a good friend of mine said that their computer and internet was lagging quite a bit. So I went over there to check it out. As soon as I opened up IE, I instantly knew what was wrong. Their menubar had dissapeared and their URL bar and quick buttons had been minimized to one side so you can't see them, Now the only bar that was visible was some help search. I couldn't move it, I couldn't remove it at all. So I figured that this was a browser hijacker. I downloaded X-Cleaner, and ran it. HOLY CRAP! It found a total of 10 spyware/adware/dialers/browser hijackers.
    I removed them and I figured where there is spyware there is virii, so I ran Mcafee. Another HOLY CRAP! It found 8 virii/worms. Most of them were worms, and I'm pretty sure that they caused some of the adware or spyware. After cleaning and rebooting, Mcafee firewall poped up and told me that "abetterinternet.exe" was trying to connect to the internet. Of course I blocked it because that was one of the adware virii. Then the next day I scanned the computer again and it found 2 more virii. This computer needs serious TLC.
    ( Oh yeah, this computer has only been online for less than a month. )
    ---End Story------

    1. If a strange search bar showed up on your IE an all other bars dissapeared. would you use it? Well my friend was. That explains how illiterate my friend is with computers.

    2. This really pisses me off because my friends that don't know anything about computers are getting raped online by greedy, coniving bastards. And the computers only use is for multimedia. So why is the Internet so unsafe? I thought that the Internet was supposed to be this high-tech living growing being that was to help everybody.

    3. Is there anything more I can do to try to help make the internet safe for anybody? Is it a losing battle?
    I believe in making the world safe for our children, but not our children’s children, because I don’t think children should be having sex. -- Jack Handey

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    @ŽΜĮЙǐЅŦГǻţΩЯ D0pp139an93r's Avatar
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    The best way to fight this stuff is to spread the word... Tell people (and show them) how to protect themselves on the Internet... These people prey on ignorance, the only fix for this is knowledge.
    Real security doesn't come with an installer.

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    It's a losing battle only if people refuse to grow aware.The attitude most people carry to a virus/malware problem is something like"Oh,why bother updating?It wont affect me".They fail to realise how many sites there're actually out there that do.What needs to be done is a general spreading of the awareness.It's spread over the years..I actually hear people use the word trojan even though they have no idea of what it means(yes,most of them are scrippies but that's besides the point).Ask your friend to get Adaware,Spybot S&D,a firewall,the google toolbar remover(if he uses google a lot),and a good antivirus..and make sure he keeps them all updated.You wont stay uninfected even with all these,but you'll have a better chance.Awareness is the key is my opinion
    psst..and tell him to keep off the pr0n

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    mungyun,

    high-tech living growing being
    That does describe the Internet, however wherever a dollar can be made or a crook/deviant can hang out, you will find them there. So You and I, that are familiar with the pitfalls that may be present, have a duty and an opportunity, to assist our friends and others that do not possess the same understanding. At every chance, educated them about firewalls, spybots, adware, viruses, worms, trojans, hijacks, safer surfing habits, and the like. As with most things, it's all about education. Those that know - teach others.

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    Hey... Pr0n is safe as long as you go to the right sites, and run Spybot/AdAware.


    If you stick to nice, clean, reputable pr0n sites, you'll be ok....


    Come on people, pr0n is not evil.
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    Since your fiend is not that compatent with computers, i would configure mcaffe to do automatic system scans and make sure hercustic (forgive the spelling!) scanning is enabled.

    Put a Firewall on for them Zone Alarm is excellent for beginers and free depending on what version you want.

    If you are finding viri etc everyday I would proberbly format the hard drive and start from scratch, since the comp is only a month old, this may be a good course of action to take as there prob isnt much data that will be lost.

    After formating install macaffe again, update it and enable: Auto update, Automatic system scan and hercustic scanning.

    This should keep viruses worn etc at bay without much imput from your friend.

    Then get a firewall zone alarm is good for beginers as i have said so your friend should get to grips with it in no time.

    Install Spybot and anyothe adware removal tools you think necessary and show your friends how to use them!

    You will just have to show them how to be a bit more "internet aware" and not to click on everything that says downloads this etc, and yup tell them to stay away from dodgy porn sites! Make sure they use the good law obiding. pillar of the community, fun for all the family porn sites!!

    This should keep your friends as safe as he/she can be untill they get a bit more computer friendly!

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    Yes this really pisses me off too, but why would you think the internet should be a safe place. It allows you to get files from anyone at all no questions asked. Just like real life you shouldn’t just accept anything from anyone at all.

    Unfortunately an unpatched computer will download and execute anything at all from anyone that knows how to use the vulnerabilities without you even knowing it.

    The most important thing one can do is keep the computer updated with all patches. The computer your friend is using may be only one month old to him but its been in the store for a while and in a warehouse for a longer time before it got there. There’s plenty of holes in a supposedly new computer. With a windows computer the very first thing that should be done is install a firewall to protect you from the worms which you are not yet patched against then go to the ms-update site and get the fixes.

    There is nothing wrong with porn? Would you recommend your sister pursue a career in it? I wouldn’t accuse someone that puts porn on the net for download of having a high ethical or moral standard. This act alone shows their primary concern in life is making money and too many of them will do much more than distribute smut to get it like distributing scumware for money.

    Then you have the so called anti-porn lunatics that attack those that want to download porn with malicious programs.

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    Yeah, I just ended up reinstalling XP and adding all of the proper protection programs. The problem with explaining how to protect yourself online is when you tell them that they need specific software, you will have to explain everything. When I was telling him about this stuff, he gave me mostly nods and a few yeah and ok's. I don't know if he understands, or if he will. but I will make sure his computer is safe at least
    I believe in making the world safe for our children, but not our children’s children, because I don’t think children should be having sex. -- Jack Handey

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    Here is another problem..

    You buy a name brand PC.. It is in a sealed box..

    1/ how long is it since it was built?
    2/ what patches are needed since the OS build
    3/ is the antivirus installed (Acer don't on their cheap machines), is it a 60/90 day trial or a full year subscription.
    4/ Instructions for assembly are includes and a quick how to of Windoze.. but do any include basic Security information?

    With those thoughts in mind and the knowledge of the time between release of a patch and the release of a worm/virus ( I think sasser was less than 3 weeks) is getting shorter. What is the likleyhood of Joe Average getting their new PC home .. and connecting up to the internet and being Blasted straight back off again?

    It would be nice if the big-guns IBM, H/P, Dell etc had a direct dial number for pre-internet connection patching (ok this will not be so good when patch and worm release is the same time or worse).. oh and a complimentery AV update (and activation)..

    For the retailers that do care about the customers, they are now no longer in a position to help the customer when it comes to the "Pre-Delivery fixes", that is taking the TIME to apply any patches needed or even doing a complete MS update. As well there is the "Pre-Ownership Training" .. the security information, and how to configure the machine, recommending alternate browsers and email clients.. Disabling certain Services in the machine.

    With the Profit in some of the name brand machines now being less than a hours tech labour per thousnad dollars.. Why would the retailer bother open the box to help.. "Yeh mate.. If Ya have a problem here is HP's phone number on the side of the box..Bye"

    I just need to learn (among a lot of other things) how to setup a scripted install cd to apply critical updates and a few registry changes.. and sell that to customers ..

    As for Pron sites causing problems..

    The worst machines I have encountered for virii, trojans and Parasiteware have had pron sites in the history.. BUT I am encountering more and more WITHOUT..


    Cheers

    mungyun, how long have you spent working on that machine? and how much time have and would you expect to spend "Training" these people to safely use the machne.

    The reason I ask is to add to my comments above.. A quick look at some US tech sites and I notice labour rates in the $45-65 hr range.. not cheap..(esp when I charge $45 Aus and the exchange rate is <70cents US = 1 Aus dollar and the going rate in Aus is also in the $45 - 65 range )..
    "Consumer technology now exceeds the average persons ability to comprehend how to use it..give up hope of them being able to understand how it works." - Me http://www.cybercrypt.co.nr

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    I haven't spent much time on that computer before this, but i usually help my family and friends with their computer problems so they don't have to pay 45 dollars just to install ram, or to pay 50 an hour to have someone come and run a virus scanner and some recovery disc that you can download free. I don't really try to train them, I just try to explain

    Also I asked about their pron usage and (truthfully or not) they said that they didn't go on much. only to laugh at it. I believe that none of them would purchase any porn either.

    Also, my parents computer had some of the same adware&virii that my friends did and I know my dad doesn't go to those sites.
    I believe in making the world safe for our children, but not our children’s children, because I don’t think children should be having sex. -- Jack Handey

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