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A problem with infected ads on this forum

Postby NinjaPuppy » 08 Nov 2009, 21:04

SCEPCOP - Since the ads at the bottom of the forum pages here have been re-instated, I keep getting hijacked by alpha anti-virus. It's a malicious virus that requires the purchase of specific software, that is very expensive, to remove it. If you don't act quickly and accordingly, it downloads automatically on to your computer. I had no problem with this when the ads at the bottom of the forum were removed. Now that they are back, so is this virus.
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Re: A problem with infected ads on this forum

Postby Scepcop » 09 Nov 2009, 02:32

How many times has this happened in the last few days?

The bottom ad is from Adbrite, and they usually have no history of having viruses in their ads.

Has this happened to anyone else here?

Download Malwarebytes. It's a powerful free program that works quickly to clean your computer of trojans and viruses. Here is the link. You will love how fast and smooth it is, and it's free.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/

I'll contact Adbrite and let them know about this. Which ad did it come from? If they can't remove it, I'll just have to remove the adbrite ad.
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Re: A problem with infected ads on this forum

Postby NinjaPuppy » 09 Nov 2009, 04:01

It happens about one in ten hits to the 'Forums' button. I know it's going to happen because I hear a double click and BINGO! There's the little gray box to download the software. It attempts to load without me having to do anything and I have to exit the forum to stop it from autoloading.

I don't have time to look to see what ad is up at the time as it flips me right out of this forum to another screen and opens in second screen. All I know is that it started when AdBrite was at the bottom of the forums pages and ended when it was removed, and now it's back.

Thanks, I'll give that link a try and see if it helps. I am curious if I am the only one getting it.
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Re: A problem with infected ads on this forum

Postby Nostradamus » 10 Nov 2009, 03:14

I have been once. Now Symantec seems to be stopping the attacks.

I used SpyBot S&D to clean up most of the trouble. I also used a tool that removed the last remnants of the infection.
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Re: A problem with infected ads on this forum

Postby Nostradamus » 11 Nov 2009, 07:55

Read this article it might be the reason:
http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=4885&tag=nl.e589

Title is "Major online ad site hacked, serving up exploit cocktail"
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Re: A problem with infected ads on this forum

Postby brett » 11 Nov 2009, 15:30

must agree with one comment , i use firefox and have not as yet had many of the problems i had when using IE - try it its free and seems to work ok ;)
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Re: A problem with infected ads on this forum

Postby NinjaPuppy » 11 Nov 2009, 19:49

Ahhh, thanks.

I noticed that SCEPCOP switched the bottom ads to another company, and viola! The problem is now gone. I should have bought a Mac. :roll:
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Re: A problem with infected ads on this forum

Postby Scepcop » 13 Nov 2009, 06:15

Ninjapuppy,
I wrote Adbrite about that "alpha virus" you got, and here was their response:

Hello Winston,

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Complaints of this nature are rare because we have various controls in place.

- AdBrite screens every new ad and ad edit prior to approval. Any advertisers that change or add malicious content to their web pages after review are removed from our network.

- Third-party advertisers are required to have malware screening in place. Our third-party advertisers use either industry leading malware detection, or they reconstruct advertiser flash campaigns manually to remove the chance of malware.

We have recently removed some potentially malicious ads. If you encounter any similar behavior, please forward any information you have so that we can work with the third party advertiser to identify the source.

Best Regards,
Tony Y.
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Have you gotten that virus again in the past few days?
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Re: A problem with infected ads on this forum

Postby NinjaPuppy » 13 Nov 2009, 09:22

No problems the last few days, thank you.
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Re: A problem with infected ads on this forum

Postby NinjaPuppy » 27 Nov 2009, 08:33

OK, they're back today.
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Re: A problem with infected ads on this forum

Postby ProfWag » 01 Dec 2009, 04:04

NinjaPuppy wrote:OK, they're back today.

Yep, they sure were. You know what? It completely took control of my computer. Thanks to someone's suggestion (please forgive for not remembering who), I had downloaded the anti-malware software they recommended. I wasn't able to access directly, however, as that virus had made it that everytime I logged into the internet or clicked on anti-virus, it went to their Pro 2009 antivirus website. So, I had to shut down the computer and open it in safe-mode and then run the antivirus. Unfortunately, either it or something I did ate away my Microsoft Office. So, I was headed into town and decided to buy a new computer. I got my old one running for the time being, but rest assured that once that goes out for good, I won't be getting on here with my new computer so if I magically disappear one day, you'll know why...
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Re: A problem with infected ads on this forum

Postby NinjaPuppy » 01 Dec 2009, 08:45

ProfWag wrote:
NinjaPuppy wrote:OK, they're back today.

Yep, they sure were. You know what? It completely took control of my computer. Thanks to someone's suggestion (please forgive for not remembering who), I had downloaded the anti-malware software they recommended. I wasn't able to access directly, however, as that virus had made it that everytime I logged into the internet or clicked on anti-virus, it went to their Pro 2009 antivirus website. So, I had to shut down the computer and open it in safe-mode and then run the antivirus. Unfortunately, either it or something I did ate away my Microsoft Office. So, I was headed into town and decided to buy a new computer. I got my old one running for the time being, but rest assured that once that goes out for good, I won't be getting on here with my new computer so if I magically disappear one day, you'll know why...

Mang! Sorry to hear that ProfWag. It was Nostradamus that posted the malware information.

Did you try setting back your computer to yesterday, before the virus hit? That's what they do at the fancy computer repair stores. You should be able to recover your lost Microsoft Office. I'm not sure if that virus can defeat the old turning back the clock however. It's worth a try.
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Re: A problem with infected ads on this forum

Postby ProfWag » 01 Dec 2009, 19:56

Since I already bought a new computer, I'm not too concerned about Office on this one anymore so it's all good. This little computer was 3 years old anyway and had been dropped a few times so it was time for a new one anyway.
Thanks for the download info Nostradamus!
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Re: A problem with infected ads on this forum

Postby Nostradamus » 24 Dec 2009, 09:00

Not sure of the origin of the file, but I did encounter an infected PDF file. It did not trouble me because I recently turned off Javascript in PDF files as recommended by Adobe. This is a must for everyone until Adobe ships a fix.

1. Start Adobe Reader
2. Go to edit>preferences in the menus
3. Click on Javascript on the left in the categories
4. At the top make sure enable Above Javascript is not checked

This makes the current PDF attack moot. All versions of Adobe reader including the most recent, which I have, are subject to the problem.
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Re: A problem with infected ads on this forum

Postby Scepcop » 26 Dec 2009, 02:28

Are the viruses still on the forum? Where do they direct you to? Can you give me a URL? What do they do exactly?

Adbrite's strict anti-virus program should have eliminated them by now.
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