Posts tagged ‘badware’
Windows Media Player and Iplayer are the two legitimate ones other than ones you pay for. If you see something like this in an ad start doing research on it first. Google it. If Top Ten Freeware dot com reviews it well it’s malware. PC Mag and About.com are very reliable. Downloads from Filehippo are generally riskfree.
After you download it, run it through an online virus checker or three.
Then set a restore point, just in case.
Then try installing it. However if you have something that won’t play unless you install an unknown player, you’re risking your computer (yes, there are viruses now that can overspeed fans and so forth, and there are things like rootkits) in order to hear something unknown.
My advice? DON’T.
I feel cruddy today so probably my only other blog entry is this but I saw this accidentally and had to post this.
The reason is that I am STILL recovering my wife’s computer from having downloaded one of those damned players (all I have to do is put in a good AV and I have two to choose from–paid for).
They’re fine. I was making sure about whether or not I was being phished (I was, but by a security company that technically doesn’t phish, it preys on the fears of the uninformed; I checked their reputation and then checked this site; I do not feel comfortable in naming the company that maintains security on WordPress; I will say I’ll just keep the free protection and do occasional scans; all comments ARE moderated=no easy phishing from here. Any scan I include will have been checked, although checking is also timely. Use UAC and if there is a prompt about installing something you didn’t ask for–deny it access, or run it in a sandbox if you can. If you used to go to porn sites (of any level that are illegitimate–Playboy and Hustler should be fine, for instance; a revenge site for people absolutely would not be in many senses) expect trouble. If you go to hacker sites and don’t use an isolated computer you’re an idiot, but I would say you’re an idiot in any case. You will encounter black hats and you will lose to some extent and it could be your freedom–forever. And don’t ever, ever go to the black site that was “fun” in the early 90s, the one with all the wares. You’ll be botted first.
If this was mostly mysterious to you, good for you. I don’t play those games and I have none of those conacts. And if you try to leave a comment, of course, with a link to something bad (half the time they’re work-at-home tagliners) the public won’t ever see it.
Don’t go there. It is a phishing site; even if you don’t bite on giving out your credit card number, this is the same trick with new suit. Why they manage to advertise even on late-night television is beyond me. Don’t go there.
First of all, if you get a suspicious download send it to VirusTotal (www.virustotal.com/) which checks it via a number of AV engines. As noticed in this article (www.theregister.co.uk/2008/08/22/anatomy_of_a_hack/), the XP AV scam is the best yet. It’s actually worth reading the article carefully. The author was testing via VM–Virtual Machine–and a lot of badware is good at detecting this. That presents my shifty little brain with all sorts of possibilities but I’m simply not in the game–any of them–any more.
So you got taken in by one of the bogus ads and all sorts of strange things have been happening since you downloaded the really cool program (they recommended it themselves!) and can’t get rid of it. This article tells you how. One first word, though, which actually is all-important: don’t panic. It’s a minor scam that if you panic will turn into a major one.
P.S. This is one that keeps recurring. Business Week (as noted in the article) was the latest hit. Even Ziff Davis isn’t invulnerable, believe it or not. Or Homeland Security (I have a lot of faith in that one, since I’m a criminal for being epileptic: I invite the State of Oregon, Jackson County, the Sheriff’s Office, or Mikey Winters to sue me for libel: GFL, in old military communications terminology).
The details are here in the Reg. Have I ever mentioned clicking on something from someone you don’t know can be dangerous?