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XPantivirus2008 entered via Photobucket

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by ShootinSue, Apr 30, 2008.

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  1. ShootinSue

    ShootinSue Active Member Supporting Vendor

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    MIA, the same thing happened to me. I immediatly ran the AVG scan and it showed the infection and did remove it to the virus vault. I hadn't been to Photobucket for a long time but just my luck, my timing is terrible. Computer seems fine now...I hope. Any other info would be appreciated.
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  2. Quack Shot

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    Check the link for info and removal instructions.

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD THE SPYHUNTER SOFTWARE AT THE LINK! You don't need it.

    http://www.xp-vista.com/spyware-removal/xpa2008-or-xpa-2008-removal-instructions
     
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  4. ShootinSue

    ShootinSue Active Member Supporting Vendor

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    No porno sites came up but an AVG window opened and said I was infected with 3 items and I should "buy" the anti-virus program by clicking on the link. Of course I didn't and went immediately to AVG update, then scan. It found and quarantined the virus to the vault. I will not go back to Photobucket again. I'm also looking into beefing up my security software. AVG is no longer offering it's free version updates at the end of May. They have a new version, 8.0 that they want you to buy. It's supposed to flag suspect websites before you fully open them. I had the free Zone Alarm firewall at one time and may go back to them. They too dropped the free version updates. They have a complete package they want you to buy. Might have to do just that. The MS XP firewall is pretty poor.
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  5. ShootinSue

    ShootinSue Active Member Supporting Vendor

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    I'll probably upgrade to the new version to be more secure.
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  7. Quack Shot

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    Another decent free antivirus would be Avast. It's free for home users and all you need to do is register for a serial number once every year or so.

    It appears that this particular malware comes in with a video codec that gets downloaded when you try watching certain video clips. I don't let any of these get installed automatically or by answering prompts. Open Windows Media Player and go to the tools menu and hit the options selection in the drop down menu. Uncheck the "download codecs automatically" box in under "player" tab. Some versions of Windows Media Player might be slightly different. That should stop Windows from automatically infecting itself.
     
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