View Full Version : High Risk Virus

22-02-2012, 09:50 PM
As a pc user have you ever had a virus which you found was high risk or medium risk , name it if you can or just tell i had one , or if you never had one do you know someone who had a virus like this , im very keen to know. I have had few one's , in my and my brother 's one but they all were antivirus supported and easily removed .

22-02-2012, 10:01 PM
Yup i think it was called vrundo... got us blacklisted at work

23-02-2012, 07:53 AM
Nhashon ... I've come across plenty on friends and students computers, far too many to name (or for my brain to remember correctly). A lot will depend on what anti-virus you are using ... and not forgetting to use antimalwayre, antispyware ... no one antivirus program will find and fix all nasties.

Try running your computer through the online NOD32 (http://www.eset.com/us/online-scanner/) virus scanner ... it's acknowledged by most of the techs in this forum as the best (if you want a paid version - online is free though) ... Malwarebytes, Spybot and Superantispyware are also well recognised and used by many on the forum - just Google them to find download sites, they're all free.

Speedy Gonzales
23-02-2012, 07:58 AM
Ive seen a lot. Just install a file sharing program, If you don't know what youre getting / installing, it'll be infected in no time

23-02-2012, 08:31 AM
Not really and I'm not particularly careful. I did get a virus on my Atari ST once that reversed the mouse, but I just switched it off and threw the disk away - virus gone.

A couple of times though;

At a Lan one time I got literally hundreds of virus warnings as someones infected machine wrote a virus to every writable share on the network including the public folder I didn't even know I had - mainly annoying as MSE caught it but it pretty much stopped my PC for several minutes trying to delete them all

And a friend got that fake security tool that's going round, that was a right bastard to remove and it hindsight it would have been easier to just re-install everything (it was only a week old when she got infected).

But on a related note, last night I decided I had been slack - haven't done a virus scan or even had any anti-malware installed for months - so I downloaded, updated, and ran; MBAM, Spybot, Super Anti-spyware, and did a full scan with MSE. All of which took hours,. The result? about 200 tracking cookies and a couple of things I knew about that aren't actually malware (when did the malware companies decide NoCD game cracks where malicious? I use them to save getting the disk out).

The point being I don't really even try apart from leaving MSE running and applying a bit of cynical common sense to websites and E-mails and I get nothing of concern in the last 3-4 months

23-02-2012, 12:33 PM
Virus? Most weren't that bad.
Spyware on the other hand. Once found a keylogger on a customers PC, checked it too - not a false positive, not bits of somehting, for real, the entire thing.

Had to prove it to the customer too....they had a denial issue.

23-02-2012, 12:43 PM
Ive seen a lot. Just install a file sharing program, If you don't know what youre getting / installing, it'll be infected in no time

Installing a file-sharing program will not magically give you viruses...

You also have to be stupid enough to download things like "Latest Stupid Pop Song.MP3.exe" and which are only 55kB.

Speedy Gonzales
23-02-2012, 12:49 PM
There are people who are stupid enough to do that. Like I said, people usually dont know what theyre downloading or installing

23-02-2012, 01:38 PM
True, and you can also just do a Google search (but image search is often faster) and open enough pages from blog sites, you'll eventually come across one that's infected with a drive-by download.

23-02-2012, 05:29 PM
My little brother downloaded the classic .mp3.exe file from a p2p network back when XP Pro was the latest and greatest. It was pretty annoying as it would stop the keyboard and mouse from working intermittently and display Russian porn site ads. Luckily it had nothing important on it, a quick reformat and it was as good as new.

23-02-2012, 09:55 PM
I got a Conficker infection, which while pretty benign is difficult to purge.

It happened when my phone line was cut during a strike by the maintenance techos (offline for the whole month!), so I was suddenly seriously dependant on using whatever internet enabled machine I could find. I was also committed to publishing online stuff each week, and commuting to Blenheim and back each week as well, using a USB stick at each workplace, and at my accommodation to do whatever I could whenever I could.

Turns out the conficker got on at the place where I was staying. THe host said the alert from the anti-virus app was a false positive, so I had no other option than to ignore it at the time and carry on. From there it went to the work system in Blenheim (my host was also my employer, so it may have already been infected there from his own activities), then got transferred back to my own regular workplace.

My own home system was still W98, which was immune to Conficker, but every XP machine that stick touched got an infection that raced through the network.

A lot of the AV vendors were useless regarding detection and removal. I finally got an app called KidoKiller (KK.exe) that would do part of the removal. I'd then have to go through the registry to get rid of the remaining traces that saw the machine reinfect itself from a bogus system file at every restart.

Hated that infection, even without a damaging payload.