Thread: Computer problem
09-20-2005, 02:25 PM #1
I opened an e-mail yesterday with a link to e-cards.it (I used to work for an Italian company and thought one of the guys was sending me a card) adn ever since I have had the message TESTTESTTEST appear in various locations around any viewed web pages.
Now I am assuming that this is where the problem lies as all other mails were from trusted badmiton sites (here and Badders.com)
Each time I search for a page it comes up blank and I have to refresh for it to be displayed, all my usual sites with passwords like this one have been reverted back to normal log ins where I have to enter my password again and it is getting more than a bit annoying.
I have tried all the usual virus and spybot checkers and still have this problem.
Anyone shed any light on the issue?
09-20-2005, 02:50 PM #2
Originally Posted by Dill
I take it you've tried Adaware as your spyware checker?
Do you happen to use IE as your browser?
Can you reproduce these problems with a different web browser i.e FireFox?? (great browser).
hope this helps
09-20-2005, 03:06 PM #3
Sorry, you are SOL.
Back up all your data. Reformat your HD. Reinstall your OS and Firefox. Do not use MS Outlook or Outlook Express. Use web based email if you can. Don't blame on your friend because his/her computer might be infected too.
There are safe *** and there are safe computing too...
09-20-2005, 04:19 PM #4
Yeah, it's safer to completely reformat your hard drive. And make sure you install a dedicated trojan scanner like BOClean - too bad TDS 3 is no longer around.
Other virus & trojan scanners you might consider is:
AVAST Professional and AVG Professional
And get the Ad-Aware Professional version!!!
09-21-2005, 01:47 AM #5
Can you post a couple of screen shots? Does the text varies in size?
You mentioned the text goes all over the screen, does it ever showup on the menu bars?
09-21-2005, 04:55 PM #6
09-22-2005, 05:01 PM #7
Pete L.S.D. is the man!!!!!!
BOClean repaired the damage and everything is fine, I went out and bought a laptop to replace my old one and then downloaded BOClean onto my desktop.
In the worst case scenario I would have a laptop as the desktop would be caput but after running this everything is back to speed and no messages.
I was a bit worried as I have somehow lost all the discs that came with the desktop (it is old) and was not going to be able to reinstal anything
I got the following message from BOClean:
09/22/2005 22:58:23: C:\WINDOWS\DVPD.DLL
Trojan horse was found in above file
DVPD2 TROJAN STOPPED by BOCLEAN!
Active trojan horse was shut down. System now safe.
Trojan horse was removed, registry cleaned.
09/22/2005 22:59:08: SARS/DUMADOR15 TROJAN VARIANT STOPPED!
Trojan horse was found in memory.
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\WINLDRA.EXE contained the trojan.
Active trojan horse WAS shut down. System safe.
09-22-2005, 06:08 PM #8
Good to know it worked out, Dill!
09-22-2005, 09:35 PM #9
Actually, Dill should thank another BF'er who introduced TDS-3 to me . I didn't know about dedicated anti-trojan programs before.
Unfortunately, TDS-3 was discontinued earlier this year. I consider TDS-3 truly as THE ONE anti-trojan program that I would use. For more information on the maker of TDS-3, check out www.diamondcs.com.au Diamond has other nifty security programs. A very good resource is the security forum of DSLReports: http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,14418720 The Internet is a very dangerous place for unpatched and unprotected computers and the threat is ever evolving. I wouldn't go online without a physical firewall with SPI & NAT.
Originally Posted by Dill
Last edited by Pete LSD; 09-22-2005 at 09:44 PM.
09-23-2005, 01:08 AM #10
Originally Posted by Pete LSD
Here's a simple test by symantec to see if your firewall is doing what its suppose to do
- Check for Security Risks
- Security Scan
09-23-2005, 01:22 AM #11
I have many crazy friends who still connect directly to the Internet without a hardware firewall router . They think MS Window XP's firewall will protect their computer . Guess who is getting worms and trojans embedded inside spywares and turning computers into zombies and data miners.
Originally Posted by Break-My-String
09-23-2005, 02:52 AM #12
Originally Posted by Pete LSD
09-23-2005, 11:58 AM #13
We should hail Dill for taking immediate action to halt an infection that might run amack.
Originally Posted by wood_22_chuck
09-23-2005, 12:03 PM #14
In the beginning I used software firewall. After reading through the security forum of DSLReports and GRC, I become suspicious of software firewall's vulnerability compared to hardware onesl. It seems software firewall is easier to defeat than hardware firewall. Also, there is the fact that software firewall ties up the CPU and slows down the overall system performance .
Originally Posted by JChen99
09-23-2005, 12:12 PM #15
Here is my take. A cheap wired router with build in firewall, $10. A virus program with good software firewall, $40 and you need to pay annual fee to update. Take your pick.
09-23-2005, 12:48 PM #16
Additionally, with a hardware firewall, multiple PCs can be protected simultaneously, while software version requires individual & frequent updates (OS patches, definitions, etc.) on all the PCs.
09-23-2005, 01:02 PM #17
Forgive my ignorance but what is a hardware firewall and are you saying zonelabs isn't good enough on it's own?
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