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Old 04-08-2011, 11:39 AM
 
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I would really love to see what people are doing to infect their computers so regularly. Everyone claims to be a perfect angel online, yet they constantly wind up neck-deep in malware while others never get infected.
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Old 04-08-2011, 12:17 PM
 
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Everyone claims to be a perfect angel online, yet they constantly wind up neck-deep in malware while others never get infected.
Well I'm no angel and the only infection I'm aware of was a few years ago when I stupidly allowed teenager to use my computer.

Having said that I've seen what the OP is describing in action and for the average person it would be very convincing. I went to the local news site and the script minimized the browser to it's very smallest behind a dialog box with something like "AVG has detected malware". When you click cancel it maximized the browser window with an animated .gif that looked like "My computer". The animation was a simulation of it running a virus check with the results showing it was infected. At the end of the animation another dialog box pops up that asks if you want remove the infections. The "OK" and "Cancel" Buttons presumably were links presumably to a spyware "removal" site which is really malware itself.

I can see very easily how many people could be fooled by this.

I've seen other examples where even people that should know better could easily be fooled. This is probably the best example I've seen:

Tabnabbing: A New Type of Phishing Attack « Aza on Design

After you open that page, view another tab for a few seconds.
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:06 PM
 
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I would really love to see what people are doing to infect their computers so regularly. Everyone claims to be a perfect angel online, yet they constantly wind up neck-deep in malware while others never get infected.
As stated in my OP in so many words, I performed a Google search, and clicked on the first link in response to my query regarding popular Hollywood films of the 70's.

Other trojans have gotten through at legitimate websites (and a few at porn sites -- I'm single -- sue me), and as stated, they're coming through the banner ads at these sites.

BTW, I have a CS degree, and even I have been thrown through a few loops with these things, so I can only imagine how devastating these trojans are to regular people who've never even edited an autoexec.bat, let alone unwound any registry hijackings.
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:20 PM
 
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I search Google and click, um, questionable, links all day long in Firefox and have never had a problem. I do run NoScript but I can only think of one instance where a Google search led to a shady site and NoScript prevented some fake virus scan window from popping up.
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Old 04-15-2011, 01:51 AM
 
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Default What's with all the trojans getting in through Firefox?

If you think your computer has been infected, the only safe course of action is to use a good anti-virus program. As soon as you suspect

that your computer has a virus, remove your computer from any networks it might be on, as well as from the Internet.

The steps involved in removing a trojan are simple:
-Identify the trojan horse file on your hard disk.
-Find out how it is being started and take the necessary action to prevent it being restarted after a reboot.
-Reboot your machine and delete the trojan horse.
- Install Anti-Trojan Shield at sembrarpaz.com
- See the Recovering from a System Compromise pages for more in-depth help on what else you may need to do.
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:07 AM
 
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To add to what others have already stated;

I'd also run AdBlock Plus and Flashblock in FF. This will kill off a lot of the BS that comes in from pop ups and banner ads.
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Old 04-16-2011, 03:01 AM
 
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If you think your computer has been infected, the only safe course of action is to use a good anti-virus program. As soon as you suspect

that your computer has a virus, remove your computer from any networks it might be on, as well as from the Internet.

The steps involved in removing a trojan are simple:
-Identify the trojan horse file on your hard disk.
-Find out how it is being started and take the necessary action to prevent it being restarted after a reboot.
-Reboot your machine and delete the trojan horse.
- Install Anti-Trojan Shield at sembrarpaz.com
- See the Recovering from a System Compromise pages for more in-depth help on what else you may need to do.
The trojan is dead. Kablam. Kaput. I was just wondering why so many were getting through javascript executed through Firefox rather than in Opera.
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Old 04-17-2011, 09:13 AM
 
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I would really love to see what people are doing to infect their computers so regularly. Everyone claims to be a perfect angel online, yet they constantly wind up neck-deep in malware while others never get infected.
I get them when I have clicked around researching from google. Although google does have a little warning if the site has been reported. If you click before its been reported...infected.
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Old 06-22-2012, 03:45 PM
 
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Default Best software for keeping trojans away?

I discovered today that my desktop had trojans plus hundreds of pup . mywebsearch that come back in hundreds as soon as they're removed. The trojans are the scary part. I found them with malwarebytes recommended by kazyn and Jukesgrrl in my other post about spam.

Right now I'm on my Mac OS X laptop. There is no malwarebytes for the Mac. I went for Avast but it's not for the OS X. So now I'm creeped out about downloading anything if I don't already know the name. I worry that some of the "free" anti-trojan anti-virus stuff may actually be another trojan!

I unplugged the desktop. I got it on e bay a few months ago, refurbished and paid about $250. Now I'm wondering if it arrived with the trojans. Even though I have a lot of docs and pics on it, those are backed up elsewhere so I just may dump the desktop.

Any suggestions for freebies for this Mac version? Or should I go to a store and buy something? Now I have the jitters about buying anything online. Evil trojans!
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Old 06-22-2012, 03:51 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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For the most part, trojans are attacked by anti-virus software. However, your My Web Search was installed sometime because somebody (you or previous user) left the checkbox checked that said to install this "freebie" along with something you wanted, such as Adobe Reader, java or Flash. I don't know what all My Web Search might have done after it got installed. I prefer to use MSE for anti-virus software.
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