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No, this isn't another one of those "oh lawdy, I was downloading midget porn and accidently infected my computer please halp" threads.

Somehow, probably through a plugin in firefox, or a PDF executable exploit, my computer got a virus. This virus is one of the standard disable everything in your computer while telling you that you've got a virus then asking for money viruses.

I delete them all the time from other people's machines.

I am more and more impressed with the coding that these hackers go through every time I see one of these updated viruses.

I first realized that I had a virus when I saw a "Microsoft Security Essentials" popup warning me of a virus. Of course, I don't have MSE installed on my netbook, but I almost forgot. I clicked "fix" and of course, it couldn't fix, then brought me to a window that had a list of 30 virus scanners. It did a 15 second "scan" of my system with every single one of these "online virus scanners" and none of them picked up any viruses except for 4 of the virus scanners I've never heard of.

of course you can click those 4 virus scannerss and pay them money for their software.

Before you get alll crazy and yell at me "DONT DO IT" realize that I'm not that stupid. I'm just impressed at the attention to detail that some people are putting into these viruses.

I noticed that chrome and firefox no longer would startup either.

I cannot open task manager either. I run MSCONFIG and disable all startup items, and manage to run a hijack this scan quickly. Malwarebytes quick scan finishes in less than 3 minutes, leaving me to beleive that somehow this viruus has managed to falsify results, because it never takes only 3 minutes to run a quick scan on malwarebytes, even on my netbook.

I restart my computer, and I get a "WINDOWS PREINSTALLATION ENVIRONMENT" wall of text before booting into windows, of which i've never seen before. I see this and Immediately force shut down mid-boot, and start up in safe mode.

I see that the virus has created another account named "administrator" and given it full admin rights, while at the same time reducing mine down to zero.

I don't have much time to play around with this particular virus right now, but will have fun tonight trying to "beat it". Luckily, I had my USB Ubuntu thumb drive with me, so i could boot into Linux and grab my file off my laptop that's due at 5 pm.

I'm entirely impressed at the work and effort that people put into these things. I've delt with viruses that install their own antivirus. They disable all startup EXE's and make it so you can't even start into safe mode. It must take some amount of skill to get a virus (group of viruses) to a point like this to make it so viral. I'm not talking about the script kiddie that put them there, but the original creator.

I'm also amazed at the amount of people who actually spend all the $$$$ on the antivirus once their computer is infected.

Worse comes to worse, I'll backup my files through ubuntu, and then re-install the OS using the ghosted ISO image on the hard-drive in the ghost partition.
 

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PEBKAC.

The only one that annoys me is when java randomly starts up and says "updating", but it's actually executing code. MSE doesn't say crap until I say "SCAN" and then it's like "oh, there's a trojan exploiter on your system, removing..".
 

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A friend of mine got a virus like that, was rather funny to see. End up just backing his stuff up and formatting his PC. Wouldn't even know were to start to try rid a virus like that, Good luck
 

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Virus writers do get paid alot on the black market. There are black hat organisations who pay over £2000 for a well written virus source code and people pay over £100 to use it without source.

Also did you know that "Administrator" is actually a proper account that only shows up when you boot into safe mode?


Anyways, to stay safer, use Foxit reader to open PDFs and start using Avast


...Oh, dont ask me how i know that other stuff
 

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Programmer?
Knows the inner workings of the black market?
Has dark suspicious avatar?

Mmmm... You wouldn't be involved in annoying virus's like that
 

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Wow I hate those kinds of rootkits... You need to first identify the rootkit, look up online for a list of any associated files, remove your hard drive and connect it to another computer or run ubuntu. Delete associated files and hope for the best... Afterwards backup/format your computer anyways.
 

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Originally Posted by FriedSushi87 View Post
Somehow, probably through a plugin in firefox, or a PDF executable exploit, my computer got a virus.
Don't be Columbus.. just use 'youporn' already...
 

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A simple boot into safe mode and even a straight Windows advanced search for anything changed around that time that isn't a straight up document should point you to the registry edit at least, should be able to traverse backwards from the registry to the location of the file(s) that ultimately caused the issue for you, and basing on the type of files attributed (albeit it will be unlikely that the association is easily visible) you should be able to figure out from where this particular nasty-ware came.
 

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Alternatively you could just hide yo kids and hide yo wife cause PDFs is snatching yo peepoles up.
 

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Originally Posted by N3G4T1v3 View Post
Programmer?
Knows the inner workings of the black market?
Has dark suspicious avatar?

Mmmm... You wouldn't be involved in annoying virus's like that

lol, i was like "OMG, how he know im a programmer? :O" then i realized im advertising it above my avatar


Im studying network security.... and i read stuff online XD

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Alternatively you could just hide yo kids and hide yo wife cause PDFs is snatching yo peepoles up.
WIN
 

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If I win the lottery I'm going to hire a team of mercenaries and travel the world hunting down virus programmers and shoot them in the knee caps
 

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lol, i was like "OMG, how he know im a programmer? :O" then i realized im advertising it above my avatar


Im studying network security.... and i read stuff online XD

WIN

Seems a little self serving don't you think? You can spend all night writing viruses and then get paid all day to remove them
 

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Originally Posted by Epitope View Post
If I win the lottery I'm going to hire a team of mercenaries and travel the world hunting down virus programmers and shoot them in the knee caps
Would you also shoot a virus writer.... who was a GIRL??? :O

http://www.sophos.com/pressoffice/ne..._gigabyte.html

Edit: It does not say in the article, but She was 19 when she did it.

Edit2: That sounded wrong... Just read the article XD

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Originally Posted by Epitope View Post
Seems a little self serving don't you think? You can spend all night writing viruses and then get paid all day to remove them

My nights are used for google pr0ns, no time for coding XD
 

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Lol midget Porno? *** hahha.
 
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