Very important info. on a very bad virus

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  1. SusieQ07

    SusieQ07 In Flower

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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Windows, Internet Explorer and probably insecure and outdated installs of Java are more likely to be affected.

    More info Here

    Linux with Firefox or Opera and Mac users are not affected.
     
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    We have a similar virus doing the rounds here in the UK. Ours is supposed to be from the Metropolitan Police and does exactly what your one does. It hit my son's computer and he had to take it to an expert to get it repaired and the virus wiped.
     
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    Yes, but most people use IE and windows at least here in the USA we do, I am a puter guru to many seniors in senior chat rooms, and I am used to informing on these things, as they get into enough trouble. this virus comes in pop ups on website's where you may go to download free music etc.
     



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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    The European version has been around longer and now they are expanding to more country specific versions. :rolleyes:
     
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    In Britain, it comes up under various Police Authority names as well as the Metropolitan Police.
     
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    it is advised to keep your AVI updated, and you can rid your PC of this should you get it.. and you can do this yourself. You need to shut down and open in safe mode, then run malewarebytes, or your av also make sure it is not in your start up.
     
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    There are several versions of this Trojan.Ransom. Here in the States I have encountered it's code written within the FBI Moneypac virus and also the Windows Update Virus which I have seen in the German and French languages. It is installed by a trojan and is very aggressive as it holds you for ransom. Majority of the time you may be able to enter the Advanced Options Boot menu (many mistakenly think this is safe mode) where you can choose to perform a system restore. Once the system restore is complete (and hopefully it was successful) you can then proceed to reboot the computer to the Advanced Options Boot menu to run malwarebytes antimalware (aka MBAM).

    Malwarebytes Antimalware does offer a Pro version that costs $25. which is a one time, lifetime fee and it can prevent the installation of such malware as this version does run in realtime as opposed to the on-demand version and will not interfere with your current installed AV of choice.

    This scam has netted the code writers a sum of up to $40-$50,000 USD's per day.

    What I find disturbing is the growth of the ZeroAccess botnet which nets the creators over $100,000 dollars a day! Following is another good read concerning the ZA infection for those of you who are interested:

    Over 9 million PCs infected - ZeroAccess botnet uncovered

    Many people do not realize just how easily this infection can spread. I call it and all malware communicable diseases. Here's why!

    My son has an AndroidX smartphone. Back in January he clicked on a link he "thought" was sent from a friend (turns out her email was hijacked due to infection and was sending out spam links to all her contacts). He then inserts his AndroidX into his brand spanking new Win7 laptop via USB cable to upload pictures of his daughter and infects the laptop. While I was cleansing the laptop (ended up having to nuke and repave the HD due to the registry damage)he decided to pull his old XP desktop out of the closet to use till I fixed his Win7 laptop. He then inserted the AndroidX via USB cable into the XP desktop and infected that computer too! That's how we found out he got the infection from the smart phone which he now has an AV installed upon to prevent this from happening again!

    I wonder how many contacts his friend had in her contacts list and how many clicked on that link? Scary!

    Even the best AV is not fool proof even if it is up to date. Bad code is written daily and the AV manufacturers can't keep up with the code to ad to their databases to prevent infection. Safe surfing and good computer habits are the best defense against infection.
     

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