Posts tagged ‘malware’

An Update

Well, for the second time I’m reinstalling Windows on my ‘old’ Dell XPS 2720 One.  It’s the 3rd time for the machine, on this version of Windows.  The computer is about 2 years old, as I recall.

Should you have an XPS 2720 One whose C: drive has just expired, the easiest thing by far is (yes) replace the hard drive with its equivalent, which will be a Seagate of some size (500 Gig, 1 TB, 2TB)–I vastly prefer WD because of long experience with which tends to last longer.  Because it’s a Windows 8 machine ‘Restore’ won’t work [to bring it back to Win 10; that little recovery drive is for Windows 8] and there tend to be vast difficulties in activating it in Windows 10.  I’ve read and heard varying hypotheses.  The solution that worked was an improvement anyway; buy a new Win 10 Pro 64 bit. I’m throwing that in because it’s the only posted solution to that particular problem that worked.  I couldn’t find any because no one said it did, but MS did sort of indicate (in its peculiar way) that was probably the easiest solution.  Ex officio so to speak.


So, anyway, that happened.  My Acronis backup failed but my data backup didn’t.


I was gradually reloading software onto the machine (I had wanted it to be a clean install of Windows and nothing else, but my files were left on it, which made it quite a bit more complicated because they didn’t understand my methods, any more than my instructions–evidently–to JUST INSTALL WINDOWS) when suddenly all real time protection on the machine was turned off.  Windows Defender couldn’t be turned on.  It was time to abandon ship.


I did a refresh.  Now.  There may have been a rootkit planted.  If so, it evaded a lot of protective software.  [Something in System32–a Windows directory–started attempting to inject code into other software.  I found this out because Ashampoo Antivirus started catching it in the act.]  It evaded a scan by Ashampoo Antivirus and by Windows Defender and…not long ago, it turned off realtime detection.


There has been no ransomware involved as yet anyway.  This is merely an alert.  There’s something new out there, almost certainly gotten through the Yahoo! website in this case, that has evaded the software.  It’s botware.  It didn’t have much info to steal and I’m about to seal that one.


BE WARY.  I’m paranoid and I got caught.  I also sealed that potential leak.  Before I even completed this.


The online Windows Defender scan found nothing.  Now I’m doing an offline Windows Defender scan.  That’s a link to a MS resource.  Technically offline should be highlit too but frankly I’m stressing out a trifle on this one.  It’s been many years since I’ve been had like this and I was in places I won’t even name now.  [There are laws regarding “attractive nuisances”.]

July 1, 2017 at 6:51 pm Leave a comment

One Word About Softonic And Going There


September 1, 2015 at 12:05 am Leave a comment

This is NOT About the Article; Don’t Download Players

This is about the video player advertised here, and it’s merely an example.  If you go to you’re going to install malware.

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 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).

June 26, 2015 at 5:40 pm Leave a comment

More about Antivirus XP.

First of all, if you get a suspicious download send it to VirusTotal ( which checks it via a number of AV engines.  As noticed in this article (, 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.


October 27, 2008 at 3:04 pm Leave a comment

Badware and the Net

I’m continually seeing scare stories–from around the world, for that matter, as far as those translated to English–about various traps being used.  There’s the DNS flaw (it’s been around for a long time, with evidently no known way to actually fix it) and a new kind of visual file that isn’t static (from what I gather); it’s a movie.  I would expect that latter especially to especially be at the porn sites right now; sorry, guys.  I’m assuming there won’t be too much protest about sexually-based assumptions.  Oddly enough, I should add don’t click on any links unless you’re absolutely sure.  (Good luck.)


Moving to Linux isn’t a solution in any way, and I won’t even ever migrate wholly to it.  I might go into why it’s not anything approaching a solution at some other time…


August 29, 2008 at 4:16 pm Leave a comment

About Warez: DON’T

Some of you know what this is, and a lot don’t.  Anyone who was around during the first days of the net probably does.  It’s software and other stuff that can be downloaded illegally, if you can get past the traps.  You most likely would end up with malware (and not just one program) if you managed to do that.   Nearly certainly you’d turn your computer into a bot.  And best of all, you’d leave every footprint, fingerprint and any other extremely identifiable thing (like how you hit the keys on the keyboard, dig??) open, available…and if at all useful to someone who needed funds, used.  We haven’t even mentioned the legal ramifications yet.

Don’t go to and don’t advise friends to do so…and just as an amplification of this you can read this Register article.  “If it looks to be true, it is”, and that’s more true on the internet.


May 14, 2008 at 8:47 am Leave a comment

you can’t trust anyone, these days

Symantec had an interesting blog entry up today.  Malware writers are trying to write in EULA’s (End User License Agreement, a ‘legal’ contract).  Follow the link and you’ll read it.  Basically, it’s the same kind of contract you get on software you buy off the ‘Net or from a store.


April 30, 2008 at 6:10 pm Leave a comment