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Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Jeff Gaines, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. Jeff Gaines

    Jeff Gaines Guest

    I picked this pest up today while Googling for a watch repairer!

    I have run malware bytes 6 times in safe mode (re-booting between) until
    it came up clean twice in a row.

    I pulled my network connection then un-installed and re-installed MSFT
    Security Essentials which is running a full scan - seems to have found
    something but I have to wait until it's finished. Mind you it didn't catch
    it in the first place.

    Spybot is throwing up Microsoft.WindowsSecurityCenter.FirewallOverride is
    not set to (DWORD\00, and the same for AntiVirusOverride.

    I can no longer activate the Windows firewall nor can I change those keys
    in the registry.

    There's a fair bit about all this on Google but I'm nervous about deciding
    which is genuine.

    Any thoughts?

    Anything better than MSFT Security Essentials to keep things like this out?
     
    Jeff Gaines, Aug 27, 2012
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    Dave-UK Guest

    Have you tried a system restore ?
     
    Dave-UK, Aug 27, 2012
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  3. Jeff Gaines

    Jeff Gaines Guest

    I don't use it but I have an image I can restore. I'm happy to do that but
    I'd like some effective protection ready to install first.
     
    Jeff Gaines, Aug 27, 2012
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  4. Yank the drive and scan it to cleanliness from a different system.

    Restore your registry from your earlier backup (which of course you
    have!).

    Or just blitz and reinstall. You can never really trust a compromised
    host anyway.

    Cheers - Jaimie
     
    Jaimie Vandenbergh, Aug 27, 2012
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  5. Jeff Gaines

    Jeff Gaines Guest

    I'm going to have to re-install the image.
    Is there anything that will protect against this sort of malware? It's not
    as if I was Googling for anything naughty!
     
    Jeff Gaines, Aug 27, 2012
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  6. Use a browser with a better sandbox? Which browser were you using?

    Cheers - Jaimie
     
    Jaimie Vandenbergh, Aug 27, 2012
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  7. Jeff Gaines

    Jeff Gaines Guest

    IE9, I guess that's not good?
     
    Jeff Gaines, Aug 27, 2012
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  8. Jeff Gaines

    Jeff Gaines Guest

    So what's the best one to use?
     
    Jeff Gaines, Aug 27, 2012
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  9. Lynx, probably. Sigh.

    Cheers - Jaimie
     
    Jaimie Vandenbergh, Aug 27, 2012
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  10. Jeff Gaines

    Tired Guest

    John Jordan wrote:
    :: On 27/08/2012 22:11, Jeff Gaines wrote:
    :::
    ::: So what's the best one to use?
    ::
    :: Chrome has the best technical security. Opera is the least likely to
    :: be exploited. Even Firefox seems to be much better than IE in
    :: practice.
    ::
    ::
    :: --
    :: John Jordan

    Yes they are all better, but it's the operator who has to be more careful...
     
    Tired, Aug 28, 2012
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Run a virtual machine for all your online stuff? Makes recovery
    virtually painless.
     
    Rob Morley, Aug 28, 2012
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  12. Jeff Gaines

    Jeff Gaines Guest

    I wouldn't mind some more advice on that!
    I run MSFT Security Essentials which is updated a couple of times a day.
    I sit behind a NAT router (GRC Shields up tells me I am in full stealth
    mode).
    I got this damn thing twice - once when searching for help with php and
    once when searching for an Omega watch repairer - and I know better then
    to click on any of the 'fix your computer' links.
    I have just put the previous image back on. I've updated MSFT Security
    Essentials, installed Google Chrome, Spybot Search and Destroy and
    Malwarebytes (which is running a full scan).
    If there are better security suites or you have any other ideas I'd be
    delighted - I lost half a day sorting this damn thing out!!!
     
    Jeff Gaines, Aug 28, 2012
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  13. Jeff Gaines

    Jeff Gaines Guest

    That could be worth doing!
     
    Jeff Gaines, Aug 28, 2012
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  14. You remember when I recommended running your Windows in a VM? Snapshot
    rollbacks are wonderful things!

    Cheers - Jaimie
     
    Jaimie Vandenbergh, Aug 28, 2012
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    Chris Whelan Guest

    On Tue, 28 Aug 2012 09:00:41 +0100, Rob Morley wrote:

    [...]
    And if you run a Linux distro in that virtual machine, recovery is
    unlikely to ever be necessary.

    Chris
     
    Chris Whelan, Aug 28, 2012
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  16. Jeff Gaines

    Rob Morley Guest

    I think it's more the point that you can run otherwise questionable
    stuff like Internet Explorer, Flash and Java without worrying unduly.
     
    Rob Morley, Aug 28, 2012
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  17. Jeff Gaines

    Jeff Gaines Guest

    I must admit my Mac Pro is a lovely bit of kit.
    I was uncertain about running a VM for Visual Studio (the Mac does
    everything else), now I'm not so sure :)
     
    Jeff Gaines, Aug 28, 2012
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  18. Jeff Gaines

    Jeff Gaines Guest

    I've just put Damn Small Linux on a Virtual PC, not sure I can live with
    it though.
    May try another distro or do what Jaimie suggested and go back to the Mac
    with Windows in a VM.
     
    Jeff Gaines, Aug 28, 2012
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Tried it, wasn't overly impressed even on an old VIA mini-ITX board
    which is the sort of thing that it should excel at. I tend to end up
    using minimal Debian installs on that sort of thing, trying to figure
    out which specialist distro is best for low spec hardware is just too
    tedious.
    Apparently vlite works with Win7 for some people, although obviously
    it's intended for Vista.
     
    Rob Morley, Aug 28, 2012
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  20. telnet 80.
     
    Mike Tomlinson, Aug 28, 2012
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