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Looking for "horror stories" of computer virus infections

I need to put the fear of God into some foolish, negligent users. I'm looking for examples of organizations that were hit with some kind of horrible malware (like CryptoLocker) or had sensitive data stolen -- all because of a really stupid action by an employee. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on May 2, 2016 - 21 answers

Possible malware infection: Network printers are spewing gibberish

I need advice on how to deal with an apparent malware infection that's causing most (or maybe all) of the network printers to print gibberish pages. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2015 - 7 answers

Is it bad to buy a domain that used to be used for nefarious purposes?

I may be able to pick up an obscure but useful domain name soon. However, it was once a domain used for command-and-control systems for a well-known trojan that spread throughout the Internet. For the last five years, it's been held by a security/enforcement group that took it over. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Apr 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Engineers' back doors

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 - 10 answers

Java exploits in Mac - how do I get rid of it all?

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 - 3 answers

How do online banking trojans work?

How do online banking trojans work? [more inside]
posted by davar on Jun 3, 2012 - 5 answers

I want my emails to work

How do I pick a web hosting service that has an email server that is not blacklisted? [more inside]
posted by saeculorum on Jan 2, 2012 - 7 answers

PC VIRUS HELP! My laptop running XP has something nasty.

Does anybody have any ideas on a fix short of a re-installation of Windows? [more inside]
posted by 4Lnqvv on Dec 29, 2011 - 7 answers

DO NOT CLICK the yellow triangles, they're MALICIOUS CODES

How should I best amuse myself at the expense of fake tech support scammers? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on Dec 7, 2011 - 40 answers

PC trojan

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 - 6 answers

Beam me up

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 - 13 answers

The Cockroach of the Internet

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 - 16 answers

Alureon.A Trojan

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 - 10 answers

The worst Trojan Mallware ever?

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 - 3 answers

How do I get both porn and a working computer?

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 - 38 answers

Facebook's taken over my GMail

When I log into Gmail, Firefox redirects me to a page on Facebook. What gives? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Feb 1, 2010 - 10 answers

things to do in phoenix when your computer is dead

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 - 10 answers

What to call pseudo-supportive opponents?

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 - 18 answers

I need to find an English translation of The Trojan Women in the public domain.

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 - 2 answers

stopzilla is teh devil

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 - 3 answers

Limewire, minus trojans please.

How to use Limewire more safely? [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp on May 14, 2009 - 28 answers

Trojan Virus

Trojan Virus Attack [more inside]
posted by roxiesmom on May 14, 2009 - 11 answers

Virus-free or virus hiding: is my computer Conficked or just fine?

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 - 5 answers

How do i get rid of this trojan?

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 - 3 answers

Digital Immunodeficiency Disorder?

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 - 30 answers

Someone is spamming from my gmail account.

Has my gmail account really been compromised? [more inside]
posted by roofus on Jan 11, 2009 - 13 answers

Help my posessed computer!

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 - 22 answers

Damnable Trojans

Do I have a computer virus? How can I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Nov 5, 2008 - 9 answers

How to get rid of the phisher?

Someone went phishing, and hooked my daughter. What can she do now? [more inside]
posted by iconomy on Oct 17, 2008 - 16 answers

My computer might have a Trojan, now what?

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: munsov@pobox.spbu.ru. 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 - 9 answers

Internet 101 for someone over the age of 8.

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 - 8 answers

Mr. All-knowing Super-hacker/psychologist Mefite, I need your help securing our IRC conversations...

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 - 11 answers

What is this mysterious process that hijacked my shortcut?

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 - 9 answers

Last Try Before I Shoot Old Yeller

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 - 18 answers

Where are the malware scanners?

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 - 18 answers

Did I Trojan Myself?

It is possible that I programmed a virus by mistake? [more inside]
posted by sudasana on Sep 13, 2007 - 12 answers

CondomFilter: Leaking down at the base?

CondomFilter: What are the chances of a condom leaking down at the base? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 5, 2007 - 6 answers

Worm infestation

I made a new friend! Its name is Sality. [more inside]
posted by squidlarkin on Aug 29, 2006 - 6 answers

Is it possible for a computer to catch spyware/malware/virus/trojan just by viewing or scrolling a compromised webpage even if no clicking no pressing yes on any popup is involved?

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 - 13 answers

run-mbi16.exe virus/worm/trojan

run-mbi16.exe virus/worm/trojan [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar on Nov 23, 2005 - 7 answers

Trojan at Drudge Report?

See http://www.professorbainbridge.com/2005/04/whats_drudge_up.html for the question. He is getting a report of a Jabber Trojan when visiting the Drudge site. Any insight here?
posted by yclipse on Apr 6, 2005 - 2 answers

What are the limitations of keystroke recorders?

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 - 10 answers

How do I remove this computer virus?

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 - 15 answers

Windows XP questions

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 - 8 answers

What are the best spyware killers? Will antivirus programs start checking for spyware? Where in the registry do spyware processes launch?

Multipart question: Scumware, spyware, adware, it's all malware, I say. Currently using both Spybot and Adaware 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?
[Inside, there is more] [more inside]
posted by theora55 on Jun 3, 2004 - 12 answers

How do I keep virus-infected java class files from infecting my browser?

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 - 2 answers

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