Have there been any documented cases where an engineer (or whatever) on a physical device or product used in the general marketplace has included a backdoor that allows them to get special "benefits"? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Apr 29, 2014 -
After running Avast, I discovered some infected Java files on my macbook (10.5.8). I deleted them in Avast, but how do I know if I've gotten rid of it all? Is it on my Time Machine back up? Do I need to change my passwords? Do I need to take this to a Genius Bar, or can I fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by min
on Jan 15, 2013 -
Does anybody have any ideas on a fix short of a re-installation of Windows? [more inside]
posted by 4Lnqvv
on Dec 29, 2011 -
I ran the Yahoo spyware scan yesterday on my PC on impulse and after it ran the quick version, it recommended a full scan, which I ran. It found two "objects" of a trojan named Kollah. [more inside]
posted by longsleeves
on Jul 10, 2011 -
So, I have nearly a terabyte of photos of my daughter stored on a computer which has been taken over by tr/crypt.xpack.gen (if that is your real name). It would probably be best that I store the photos on some sort of server somewhere (clouds?), but I know nothing of such things. Any advice on online storage, computer security, and not shooting in raw would be greatly appreciated. Please help, as we would rather not have to force my daughter back in the womb to recreate the photos of her birth. [more inside]
posted by defreckled
on May 28, 2011 -
My parents seem to have a fairly stubborn Trojan on their computer that periodically will forcibly install various Facebook-related apps. They don't even USE Facebook; but I check my own account when I visit them (about twice a year). I've just run Malware Bytes and run their Norton; Malware picked something up and killed it, but then it tried to install something again and I ran Norton, but that only found one cookie. Help?
posted by EmpressCallipygos
on Apr 23, 2011 -
My neighbor's computer seems to be infected with a rootkit trojan, Alureon.A. can anyone recommend a way to get rid of it? I have found some sites referenced from Wikipedia, but it seems pretty complicated. I am open to suggestions.
posted by Red58
on Nov 10, 2010 -
Can anyone help a layman deal with a Virtool:Win32/Ursnif.A - TrojanSpy:Win32/Ursnif.gen!H infection? [more inside]
posted by Huplescat
on May 1, 2010 -
Where do you go for porn? I'm asking in good faith about a genuine problem. When I look at porn on free websites, I sometimes end up infecting my computer with viruses. I've already installed NoScript, and I scan regularly with MalwareBytes and SuperSpyware. Is there anything I can do to reduce the risk of infecting my computer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 21, 2010 -
When I log into Gmail, Firefox redirects me to a page on Facebook. What gives? [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Feb 1, 2010 -
I'm looking for a reputable computer repair shop in the Phoenix, AZ area. I lent my Compaq laptop (running vista) out to a friend and now it's totally owned by virii, and I don't have the time, patience, wherewithal to fix this level of problem.
Is there a good, independent (not Best Buy) place in town to get this looked at and potentially fixed for a reasonable price? Again, I'm not interested in fixing it myself, I'd rather pay someone else to be frustrated for me.
posted by chlorus
on Jan 25, 2010 -
Is there a term to describe people who claim to support an idea in theory, but argue that the specific implementation is poor, when in reality they oppose the idea but don't want to admit it? [more inside]
posted by ambrosia
on Jan 14, 2010 -
Does anyone know of a good English translation of The Trojan Women by Euripides in the public domain? [more inside]
posted by firemonkey
on Aug 22, 2009 -
i want to remove stopzilla from my pc it just will not let its self be removed from add remove programs... i got the annoying spalsh to go away but i think its still there [more inside]
posted by quseio
on May 18, 2009 -
On or around April 1, my computer caught something that caused havoc with my antivirus programs but now everything seems fine--this can't be correct? [more inside]
posted by librarylis
on Apr 27, 2009 -
How do i get rid of this trojan? I appear to have become infected with the MacCinema trojan, which I installed thinking it was a legitimate Flash update. [more inside]
posted by Wolof
on Apr 6, 2009 -
My laptop's been infected by something that is interfering with all the usual solutions. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Jan 25, 2009 -
Firefox and sometimes IE opens random websites on its own , in new windows.
I ran AVG scan and Anti Spyware as well as the Rootkit module. But even when it says my system is clean, the new windows come up in Firefox, about every two minutes. I noticed that Firefox doesn't even need to be running at first for this to occur.
AVG resident shield does find sometimes a Trojan virus in some random dll (just popped up again, it's called Trojan Vundo) and I press heal or move to vault, but that didn't fix the problem. I also ran hikackthis and tried to delete whatever I deemed unnecessary or suspect from the registry, also deleting the associated files on the hard drive.
But to no avail. My system is windows XP. Any other good free programs I can try to clean up my system? What about good cheap payware? AVG has been good until now but obviously it cannot cope with this new threat even in its most up-to-date form.
posted by spacefire
on Dec 14, 2008 -
It's become apparent that my computer may have a Trojan. I just received a Returned Mail notice for mail I never sent, which instead of displaying my name it displayed "jasen kimberly," and was sent to a strange russian email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm concerned that this may be the result of a trojan "phoning home," or using my computer to send spam.
posted by matkline
on Oct 5, 2008 -
Internet safety for beginners. Where do I find a simple guide to print out for my techno-phobe father? [more inside]
posted by giraffe
on Aug 22, 2008 -
Some really important info was leaked from our private IRC channel on our own server. Luckily, it was something that most people wouldn't believe without real proof, which the leaker didn't really have. So we're glad to have not been in a real shit-hit-the-fan situation yet. Can you find the weak link, or atleast offer suggestions on how to stop this from happening again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 16, 2008 -
What is this mysterious process that hijacked my shortcut? I was using Photoshop CS2 and entered the shortcut key for "Save for Web" (Alt+Shift+Ctrl+S) and instead of getting the Save for Web dialog, a very minimalist login box appeared. Intrigued, I brought up the Task manager, right-clicked on the "Login" entry in the list, and selected "Go To Process." The process turned out to be C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\vidifker.exe. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme
on Jun 4, 2008 -
Windows XP TrojanFilter: I caught a trojan, cleaned it out, and now...100% CPU usage making my computer unusable, and I can't turn on Windows Update besides. With System Restore off, and every piece of software I've run so far telling me it's now clean, how can I fix my system without wiping my hard drive? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol
on May 27, 2008 -
Every month or two there seems to be an ominous report from a research organization about the prevalence in internet connected computers of spam bot software and trojans that (apparently) aren't picked up by pc based virus scanning programs. So how do the researchers identify them?
Are there online scanners for end users that can identify spam bots, trojans, key loggers and other malware not picked up by the usual anti virus programs?
Bonus: I'm running without a real time antivirus scanner, depending on regular online scanning from several sites. No problems so far. Is this an acceptible practice?
posted by bbranden1
on Nov 29, 2007 -
I know that cookies may be automatically and surreptitiously installed on my computer when I arrive at a webpage, but what about spyware/malware/virus ? [more inside]
posted by studentguru
on Feb 25, 2006 -
Keystroke recorders. What are their limitations? A Windows XP computer where I work had a trojan which was described by antivirus companies to use a keystroke recorder to steal information and send it somewhere over the net. Does the OS have built-in protection against this? Can these things record any
keystroke made on a computer, or does it depend on the application?
posted by shoos
on Feb 4, 2005 -
My mother's computer has picked up a persistant trojan virus. She's over 1,000 miles away so I can't work on her PC myself, so I've been talking her through things on the phone. AVG Free 7.0 detects the virus and claims to remove it, but it always comes back the next time she scans. The only thing she can tell me about the virus is that AVG removes a file with a mixture of English and Cyrillic letters in it. Any idea how I can help her slay this thing once and for all?
posted by Servo5678
on Jan 24, 2005 -
Windows XP firewall + Zone Alarm = problem?
I've just upgraded to Windows XP and I have three questions (so far...). [more inside]
posted by Termite
on Jun 7, 2004 -
Multipart question: Scumware, spyware, adware, it's all malware, I say. Currently using both Spybot
to catch and kill most of this crap.
1. Looking for feedback on the best spyware killers for home and work.
2. Are Norton and Macafee working on adding spware killers to their anti-virus packages?
3. Some of this stuff launches using svchost.exe. Where in the registry, besides
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and its relatives, do services launch?
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posted by theora55
on Jun 3, 2004 -
Norton AV keeps finding java class files that that have viruses and trojans: byteverify, backdoor.Hacarmy, Js.Exception.Exploit. How do I keep them off my system?
I use both IE and firefox/firebird
posted by srboisvert
on Feb 16, 2004 -