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(ZDNet)   Your money or your files. A new Trojan horse threatens to delete files unless the victim pays up   (news.zdnet.com) divider line 101
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2006-04-29 10:19:20 AM
This guy is a genius! He will NEVER be caught, as there are NO trails to him, especially not when he receives payment and then sends instructions how to disable the trojan horse..
 
2006-04-29 10:54:17 AM
Well thats just hilarious.
 
2006-04-29 12:42:54 PM
What do they want with my flies?
 
2006-04-29 12:45:07 PM
Fine by me. I meant to un-clutter my drives for years but never got around to do it. In fact, I probably should pay after he deletes.
 
2006-04-29 12:49:08 PM
DO NOT keep anything in your "My Documents" folder!!!!
 
2006-04-29 12:49:39 PM
www.laobserved.com
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. More at 11.
 
2006-04-29 12:49:59 PM
Admin should change headline to "file" (no S) for anagram effect...
 
2006-04-29 12:50:30 PM
How can people lack that much neural tissue and still keep their hearts beating?
 
2006-04-29 12:50:45 PM
There are a few companies i see doing this in my everyday work. Exept its not that honest about it. A peice of spyware called WinAntiVirusPro or WinFixer or SysProtect or SpyAxe, Spware Sherrif, SpyDestroyer... etc.. etc..

They all infect your machine without warning (in most cases) they either start to infect your files or put thier own in and it pops up telling you that you are infected and to run their scan. There scan always shows at least 300 infected files but then you must pay them to remove the files, which are theirs to begin with. After you pay them, it doesn't remove anything, but it does sound an awful lot like extortion to me.
 
2006-04-29 12:52:16 PM
Sounds like a piece of malware I recently caught and removed, but taken to the next level. The program was called spyfalcon, and it downloaded several additional malware programs, then had the audacity to spawn popups offering to sell me malware removal programs (which are, of course, fake programs.) One of the pop-ups was a fake "deleting files" gif.
 
2006-04-29 12:55:29 PM
this is so old.

*shrug*
 
2006-04-29 12:56:50 PM
UltraFark: SpyAxe

I had that one. It was nasty. Norton's instructions on how to fix it were worthless because it would start in safe mode and norton wouldn't. I downloaded some antispyware program that took care of it in one swipe with no safe-mode or registry edits necessary.
 
2006-04-29 12:58:31 PM
How much is your porn worth?

/$754.89 here
//Not a penny more
 
2006-04-29 01:00:04 PM
HAHAHA I'm safe in my tower of obscurity.

//Requisite linux post
//Yesh, no windows here.
//SLASH
 
2006-04-29 01:00:08 PM
This exact same scheme was busted just about on-the-spot a few months ago. Also on Fark.
 
2006-04-29 01:00:57 PM
we_hates: Norton's instructions on how to fix it were worthless

Why does anyone still use Norton anyways? That program is garbage, I would never put it on my computer. Microsoft Anti-Spyware, Ad-Aware, and Spybot are all I need.

Oh yeah, and of course, the obligatory "don't ever use Internet Explorer, ever, get Firefox" post.
 
2006-04-29 01:03:30 PM
That's odd, my PowerBook is still running fine...

/Yeah, I went there.
 
2006-04-29 01:03:35 PM
viva la Firefox

also the tshirts are cool
 
2006-04-29 01:04:00 PM
www.antmusic.fsnet.co.uk

Oh,and hand over all your Lupins.
 
2006-04-29 01:05:35 PM
Isn't this Symantec's business model to begin with?

/OSX, yay.
 
2006-04-29 01:07:13 PM
bbcrackmonkey: Why does anyone still use Norton anyways? That program is garbage, I would never put it on my computer. Microsoft Anti-Spyware, Ad-Aware, and Spybot are all I need.

This may sound ignorant, but does that cover you for viruses as well as spyware/adware? Also, I thought Microsoft's Anti-Spyware was sucky. Has it gotten better?
 
2006-04-29 01:07:30 PM
Go ahead and delete it, I have a backup.

It's all trash anyways...
 
2006-04-29 01:08:24 PM
Where can I get this trojan? I need a format anyway and dont keep anything critical on my PC.
 
2006-04-29 01:10:19 PM
I'm in favour of serious jail time for virus writers.
 
2006-04-29 01:10:42 PM
HAHA.. Windows sucks.
 
2006-04-29 01:17:24 PM
you'll notice there is no mention of the FBI catching this guy.
 
2006-04-29 01:18:16 PM
User Not Found: That's odd, my PowerBook is still running fine...
One...
Kar98: /OSX, yay.
Two...
Twitch OSX: HAHA.. Windows sucks.
Three...

I see that three of the four Mac users in the known universe have checked in.
 
2006-04-29 01:19:54 PM

McAfee is the only big-name competition to Norton. The problem with Norton is in how much of your system resources it consumes just to give you a 'pretty' GUI and custom controls. On top of that, when I've been hired to clean a computer, I typically see a mysteriously dramatic performance boost when I give Norton the boot in exchange for Mc.



In short? Norton writes crappy software designed to appeal to the ignorant. The sheer number of features it 'offers' simply does more harm than good.

/hops off soapbox
//happily runs McAfee
///if broke, try AvG and hunt-down their free edition
 
2006-04-29 01:20:12 PM
www.geocities.com

"Mightn't I be allowed to keep my horse?"
 
2006-04-29 01:20:14 PM
bbcrackmonkey: Why does anyone still use Norton anyways? That program is garbage, I would never put it on my computer.

My PC got a worm a few years ago, so I thought, "Hey, I bet Norton can take care of it!" Wow, talk about pouring gasoline on a fire. Norton would run at Windows startup. About every ten seconds, it would change monitor resolution modes (click), bring up an info screen about an infected file, tell me it couldn't repair the file, and then wait for user input. So, I'd hit "Enter", it would change monitor modes again (click)...ten seconds later, it would find another file, change monitor modes (click)...lather, rinse, repeat. It essentially made my system totally useless, and there was no way to uninstall or keep it from running. I eventually had to boot in safe mode and delete the stupid program files just to boot.

I installed McAfee, which was not only able to run in a little window (without changing monitor modes), but was able to find the infected files and repair them all without impairing use of the system. Amazing!

I use AVG now, since it's free and does a decent job.
 
2006-04-29 01:25:22 PM
Barry Lyndon FTW
 
2006-04-29 01:25:35 PM
10.0.0.1: I see that three of the four Mac users in the known universe have checked in.

Well, then, I'll have to be #4.
 
2006-04-29 01:26:44 PM
karmaceutical

What do they want with my flies?

First thing I thought of as well.

Maybe they're making bug-butter? (Obscure?)

Take my flies! Please!
 
2006-04-29 01:27:08 PM
linux still works fine for me.
 
2006-04-29 01:30:00 PM
sal-paradise: I'm in favour of serious jail time for virus writers.

Seconded.
 
2006-04-29 01:35:16 PM
CornFedIowan
Hello, fellow Iowa Mac user
 
2006-04-29 01:37:45 PM
"Their scan always shows at least 300 infected files, but then you must pay them to remove the files, which are theirs to begin with. After you pay them, it doesn't remove anything, but it does sound an awful lot like extortion to me."

Doesn't help now, but you can also get a new computer, make a system restore copy and use that when you get seriously infected. That works pretty well.

Norton is pretty good at being a consistent virus protector. McAfee doesn't seem to protect against as much or as well; I got infected a couple of times when the thing was fully updated.

I prefer Spy Sweeper--available at any Wal-Mart now--for the built in "shields" that work like a charm. I also have Ad-Aware scanning and updated every now and then.

Spybot seems to freeze halfway into a scan nowadays. I don't use it much.
 
2006-04-29 01:38:36 PM
When activated, the Trojan horse, dubbed Ransom-A by antivirus company Sophos, displays some explicit images. It then shows an expletive message that demands a $10.99 payment, or it will delete one file every 30 minutes, security experts at SophosLabs said in a statement published Friday.

I'm really not seeing the threat here. Also, Antivir for teh win.
 
2006-04-29 01:39:09 PM
www.biosmagazine.co.uk

...and that Trojan Horse is known as Microsoft Windows Genuine Advantage.

Pay up pirates.
 
2006-04-29 01:39:51 PM
I think the Mac and Linux virus-immunity posts are funny. It isn't because they're better, it's because they're so rare that they're unattractive targets. It's like saying "My girlfriend is so hideous, no guy will ever steal her from me."

/Actually likes and uses Linux
 
2006-04-29 01:49:40 PM
jjorsett - Imagine the props you would get if you were a hacker that COULD create an actual virus for OSX. If you can do that, then you got skills. Otherwise your just another lame hacker kid throwing together easy to do virus' for Windows.
 
2006-04-29 01:53:25 PM
uhh this is a trojan horse not a virus, no OS is immune to a trojan horse.
 
2006-04-29 02:00:16 PM
There are a few companies i see doing this in my everyday work. Exept its not that honest about it. A peice of spyware called WinAntiVirusPro or WinFixer or SysProtect or SpyAxe, Spware Sherrif, SpyDestroyer... etc.. etc..
They all infect your machine without warning (in most cases) they either start to infect your files or put thier own in and it pops up telling you that you are infected and to run their scan. There scan always shows at least 300 infected files but then you must pay them to remove the files, which are theirs to begin with. After you pay them, it doesn't remove anything, but it does sound an awful lot like extortion to me.


and how do you get rid of this? My girlfriend got this on her computer, and there seems to be no way to get rid of it. Not a single anti-spyware program picks up on it. I really hope I don't have to reformat.
 
2006-04-29 02:00:27 PM
It isn't because they're better, it's because they're so rare that they're unattractive targets.

Well, I used to say the same, but this isn't actually true. But I won't bother you with details as to why a unixoid OS is inherently more secure than Windows.
 
2006-04-29 02:03:07 PM
charliex: uhh this is a trojan horse not a virus, no OS is immune to a trojan horse.


If you're on a Unix system, there's very little it can do run under a user account. It can't touch system file, and it's easy to kill off.
 
2006-04-29 02:05:58 PM
I really cant understand how people keep getting trojans. I never ever do scans anymore, uninstalled norton,mcaffee, and have 1 firewall a friend of mine wrote and firefox keeping me clean.

/smart windows user
//i love PCs
///its as if darwin made a computer
 
2006-04-29 02:08:04 PM
I would like to run linux but I'm not enough of a computer dork to figure out how to install. Or which to install. Too many options.
 
2006-04-29 02:12:51 PM
jjorsett

I think the Mac and Linux virus-immunity posts are funny. It isn't because they're better, it's because they're so rare that they're unattractive targets. It's like saying "My girlfriend is so hideous, no guy will ever steal her from me."

No one who knows anything about linux would ever claim that they are immune to virus/worms/etc, they're smart enough to know better. Only mac fanboys seem to enjoy this delusion, but they'll see soon enough.

Once the intel mac is common place they'll lose alot of the obscurity they've enjoyed (I mean who really wants to take the time to write exploit code for ppc?) and they'll find themselves getting hit more regularly.
 
2006-04-29 02:13:15 PM
This has happened before... Same idea
 
2006-04-29 02:14:17 PM
Major Thomb: If you're on a properly set up Unix system, there's very little it can do run under a user account. It can't touch system file, and it's easy to kill off.

Fixed it for you.

Windows is pretty awesome and secure; with some decent work it can measure up to many other OSes. However, it's just that 99% of all Windows users are complete farking retards that shouldn't even be allowed near a computer. Likewise, an idiot with Unix can still create a huge mess.

Dont blame Windows for the ignorance of the masses.
 
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