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(Computer) Viruses o.o...
« on: October 29, 2009, 01:22:39 am »
Well... I just removed a buncha' viruses from my computer ( I don't even know how they got there. There was alot though...) And I rembered how much of a pain in the arse  they are x.x... my other computer died from a virus = /. It was sad, cause' I'd had it since i was 6 and it was pretty nice. (Windows XP)

Anyways, I wanna know If anyone here has had a computer virus, and If so, whats the worst damage it's done? The virus I had changed my desktop and spammed my computer with ads T>T... (the one that killed my other pc)



Uhh... I think this belongs in Techie Talk... doesn't it?
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Re: (Computer) Viruses o.o...
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2009, 01:27:37 am »
My desktop has a bunch of viruses, not sure exactly what because my sister was the only one who ever used it. She used to go on all these crazy sites and now it has some psycho virus that makes it almost impossible to use the computer.

When you start up the computer, it takes at least 45 minutes to actually get up and usable. Also, it'll randomly pop open an error window saying that "my copy of XP is illegal", which is untrue. We bought the computer at Best Buy, nothing's illegal about it. And it randomly shuts down without rhyme or reason, but since it sucks it gets frozen at the "SHUTTING DOWN" screen until someone turns it off manually.

And yeah, I believe this is the right board.
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Re: (Computer) Viruses o.o...
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2009, 01:29:07 am »
Do you have a virus scanner? Those are pretty vital when surfing the web :3
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Re: (Computer) Viruses o.o...
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2009, 01:34:51 am »
Oh man if I got a nickle for every time a virus got on my computer, I'd have two nickles.

So uh, the first time I pretty much freaked out as I was playing online games, and out of nowhere ads started popping up. So, at the age of 12, quickly threw in the Windows disc, and I wiped everything. Now Mudd is 15 going on to 16 and he knows to just have a Anti-Virus/Spam program like AVG in his computer and runs daily scans. Also, as far as I'm concerned, I don't dare go on sites that haven't been approved by at least one of my friends.

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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2009, 01:37:08 am »
Er.... well... *nervous*



It didn't really kill my computer...

I sort of... pulled the life support plug...

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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2009, 01:41:15 am »
Hm, I'd try to attempt to go to Safe Mode, and see what goes on from there. Really, I'm not very computer savvy myself, but my advice is to just leave alone your computer and keep using whatever you are using now until one of the more technological furs get a look in here. (aka Natasha, Copb, etc.)
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2009, 01:45:07 am »
Well that happened quite awhile ago...

It just scared me cause the background was flashing and saying i should buy System Security 2009 ( a fraud antivirus )

... well it was more formal sounding than that, but it wraps up what it was saying.

Then all my icons changed, my pc lagged alot, i couldnt get near a McAfee site or any other antivirus i knew, and it redirected me to System Security 2009 almost every time.

I guess I could have fixed it somehow..

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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2009, 01:50:31 am »
Ah, well, if it makes you feel any better I almost cried when it happened to me the first time xD
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Re: (Computer) Viruses o.o...
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2009, 02:34:11 am »
Anyways, I wanna know If anyone here has had a computer virus, and If so, whats the worst damage it's done?

Oh my, this is a fun topic.  In case anyone didn't know, in addition to being a professional web designer, I've always been a tech/network support specialist.  Between companies I've worked for and clients I've had independantly, I've seen and repaired so many viruses that it's pretty much a routine anymore.

There aren't really any that stick out as causing the worst damage, since they all essentially do the same things, but a rootkit on my sister's computer holds the record for being the worst to repair.  It took me three solid days just to find the damn thing (it was my first rootkit).  My personal computer has been infected once and only once, and I had it fixed in under an hour :-)
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Re: (Computer) Viruses o.o...
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2009, 02:45:45 am »
Anyways, I wanna know If anyone here has had a computer virus, and If so, whats the worst damage it's done?

Oh my, this is a fun topic.  In case anyone didn't know, in addition to being a professional web designer, I've always been a tech/network support specialist.  Between companies I've worked for and clients I've had independantly, I've seen and repaired so many viruses that it's pretty much a routine anymore.

There aren't really any that stick out as causing the worst damage, since they all essentially do the same things, but a rootkit on my sister's computer holds the record for being the worst to repair.  It took me three solid days just to find the damn thing (it was my first rootkit).  My personal computer has been infected once and only once, and I had it fixed in under an hour :-)

So if my computer starts to have random pop-ups of Hitler porn, you'll be the first person I try to contact.

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« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2009, 07:10:21 am »
Exterminatus (:B) is my preferred method of dealing with a dug in virus.
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Re: (Computer) Viruses o.o...
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2009, 09:22:15 am »
The desktop computer I have right now got computer AIDS and now its slowly dying lol.
I'm not to sure why, becuase it just got a bad trojan, which my mother blamed World of Warcraft for, but I know it was her stupid 'bearshare' which is like the crappy version of limewire with twice as many viruses.
Progessivly it gets slower everynow and then, the whole thing takes way to long to load up, and I really can't do much from it. Although it may just be the fact that's its a Emachine xP
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Re: (Computer) Viruses o.o...
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2009, 09:38:50 pm »
Well that happened quite awhile ago...

It just scared me cause the background was flashing and saying i should buy System Security 2009 ( a fraud antivirus )

... well it was more formal sounding than that, but it wraps up what it was saying.

Then all my icons changed, my pc lagged alot, i couldnt get near a McAfee site or any other antivirus i knew, and it redirected me to System Security 2009 almost every time.

I guess I could have fixed it somehow..


If this happens again, open your hosts file (find out where it is here) , and look for things near the bottom that say "127.0.0.1". Delete them, and save. Then find a copy of MBAM, download and run. this shoule take care of the problem. Restart after this is done. It would also be a good idea to get CCleaner to make sure your temp file is clean, just incase something decides to start the installer... again.
Hope this will help.

anyways... viruses... Get them all the time, but I usually dispose of them really quickly. Vundo is the one that usually gets me... F##@kin Vundo....

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Re: (Computer) Viruses o.o...
« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2009, 09:54:34 pm »
If this happens again, open your hosts file (find out where it is here) , and look for things near the bottom that say "127.0.0.1". Delete them, and save. Then find a copy of MBAM, download and run. this shoule take care of the problem. Restart after this is done.

Unfortunately, HOSTS file hijackers are less common, most viruses that cause those sorts of problems are DNS hijackers, rootkits, or something simply running as part of Windows.

MalwareBytes is a good app, I use it often myself, but it's a bit prone to false-positives, so you have to know what's good and what's bad when using it.  Much like with HijackThis (also a good tool, but only for advanced users), it can really screw you up if you blindly "fix" everything it flags.
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Re: (Computer) Viruses o.o...
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2009, 10:22:10 pm »
A VIRUS WIPED OUT MY WHOLE FRIGGIN HARD DRIVE AND WE STAYED ON THE 36 GIG DRIVE FOR MORE THAN ONE AND A HALF YEARS.
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Re: (Computer) Viruses o.o...
« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2009, 06:52:57 pm »
I am doubtful anyone here would remember this little piece of history:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elk_Cloner

But, yeah... many people call this the beginning of computer viruses.
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« Reply #16 on: October 31, 2009, 08:15:21 pm »
I remember this one time when our IT teacher taught how to disable firewalls.  It had something to do with CMD and IP adresses.
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« Reply #17 on: October 31, 2009, 09:40:00 pm »
When I still used Windows I had the odd virus every now and then. If the antivirus software couldn't fix it, and fixing it by hand would have taken some effort, I just re-installed the whole thing. Windows slowed down over time anyways, and all my important stuff could fit on a flash drive. It was no big deal.

Now I use Linux, and have had no viruses.
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Re: (Computer) Viruses o.o...
« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2009, 05:59:55 pm »
Viruses...sneaky little barbs.  I've had my share of viruses...still, none have been very problematic.  You just, generally, find the process that isn't usually there, find the application to which it corresponds (or use a rootkit remover if you don't find it) and delete it.

I got one on my flash drive the other day.  I accidentally infected the school's library computers and the failtechie there was all "reformat + re-image" and all beurocracy (Never trust a techie who's above 70). I even found the viruses (b.exe, g.exe, and j.exe) for them.  All they had to do was log in as an administrator and delete them.  Oh, well. 

I found out later that it presented itself to Windows as an alternative to explorer.exe; when I clicked "Open windows folder to view files" it opened the virus...I suppose I should have noticed that it said "Publisher not specified."

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« Reply #19 on: November 11, 2009, 01:33:08 am »
I virus scan everyother day because I'm paranoid.

A little off topic:
Although I don't use it, I'm tempted to write a virus for Linux just to do it because it would be funny as hell to me.  >:3