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    Angry HOTMAIL users!

    This just happened to me not more that 10 minutes ago. I had to sys restore to get rid of it, but it happened when I was accessing my hotmail!

    XP Home Security 2011 is a misleading security application that commonly spread by means of a Trojan that can penetrate the computer without being detected by anti-virus application. XP Home Security 2011 virus will be installed remotely when a prompt displayed by the Trojan is executed. Normally users may get infected when a malicious web site is visited. If installed on the computer, this rogue program will provide virus scan results that tells users to obtain the licensed version to be able to remove detected threats. In fact, there will be a dozens of threat detected. These threats does not really exists on the system and is just a fabrication of XP Home Security 2011 to deceive its victims. On some machines, this can be installed as Vista Home Security 2011 or Win7 Home Security 2011, defending on victim’s operating system.

    To be able to remove all the irregularities brought on the PC, users must remove XP Home Security 2011. As mentioned, this is just a rogue program pretending to be a useful application to scam money from computer users. It can be remove by a legitimate anti-malware application included on this page. It is also advise to protect the computer with a legitimate and full version of anti-malware program to prevent any attacks coming from rogue programs like XP Home Security 2011.

    Alias: Vista Home Security 2011, Win7 Home Security 2011

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    HOTMAIL users!

    Got this off a site about this virus! Watch yourselves.
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    Yeah, these "Oh, I'm going to pretend I'm your anti-virus" things are really annoying. There was one I had that messed up my internet even after getting rid of it and popping up really annoyingly bad pornographic sites. Yuck. And apparently I got this from viewing a third-party advertisement on a site I trusted. I can laugh at it now but at the time I had a panic attack because it took me hours just to make it stop doing any more damage than it was.

    Microsoft has a real, free antivirus that's called "Microsoft Security Essentials" and you can download it from their website. There's also Spybot Search and Destroy.

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    I got hit by AV Security Suite back last year. System restore saved my ass bigtime.

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    Twice I've had that recently when searching for images - an automatic scan. Bloody scary.

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    Oh Adblock and Flashblock for Firefox, oh how I love you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arshes Nei View Post
    Oh Adblock and Flashblock for Firefox, oh how I love you.
    I have AdBlock, never heard of FlashBlock - just installed it.

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    Oh that fake scan.. I can remember that... It really shows the file system in the explorer there... Terrible. I can remember I shut down my computer right away when I saw it.
    Those things are so annoying... The worst thing is that they pretend to be antivirus stuff. I mean, just be honest then if you are infecting a computer. *sigh*

    A while ago I had like the worst virus ever... It catched all processes saying they were viruses and then cut them off. So when I launched photoshop: "Photoshop.exe is an evil program and has been terminated" or something. I was like HOW DARE YOU MY PRECIOUS PHOTOSHOP DAARTRFRHG

    Gah so glad I got rid of it, it blocked all internet activity too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Spot View Post
    Twice I've had that recently when searching for images - an automatic scan. Bloody scary.
    Yeah i had that happen to me the other day; opened a site and an automatic scan started. I just hit ctrl+alt+delete, and forced closed my browser and everything else without clicking the "x" or "ok" or anything on any of the windows and escaped damage free.

    A lot of them seem to want you to click cancel or okay, or even the X, i've found the best thing to do when something really weird like that pops up is to do as mentioned, just force close everything.
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    Regarding the thread title, what does Hotmail have to do with this fake program? Did you actually get it via Hotmail? If so, how?

    This concerns me because I've been using Hotmail for years but never had a fake software like that on my computer.

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    It definitely is not only isolated to Hotmail.
    I've gotten that window pop-up just from google image searching. I figured it was a fake thing, so I have always closed it down. But even I questioned it because I just upgraded to Win7, so it easily could have been some new feature that I wasn't aware of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maidith View Post
    Regarding the thread title, what does Hotmail have to do with this fake program? Did you actually get it via Hotmail? If so, how?

    This concerns me because I've been using Hotmail for years but never had a fake software like that on my computer.
    For me, when I was going to log in to my hotmail account, which I to have been using for god knows how long, that happen, so I associated the cause with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty View Post
    It definitely is not only isolated to Hotmail.
    I've gotten that window pop-up just from google image searching. I figured it was a fake thing, so I have always closed it down. But even I questioned it because I just upgraded to Win7, so it easily could have been some new feature that I wasn't aware of.
    yeah i also had this pop up while google image searching.
    "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
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    Quote Originally Posted by velderia View Post
    There's also Spybot Search and Destroy.
    Spybot is a good little program, but it's only for spyware and it's ilk. For viruses you need something like Avast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtZealot View Post
    yeah i also had this pop up while google image searching.
    Me too, really annoying when you see a great reference picture but you can't save it I've noticed it's usually celebrities or hot people, don't know if that's what you found?

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    I'm using Adblock Plus and NoScript for almost one year now. I don't know if this can prevent this sort of things, but it makes me feel safer. I never allow any scripts, unless I really, really want to see something, and only if the site is well known. I'm a total newb when it comes to computer security, but for ten years I never had any real problem. I guess I'm just lucky. I've been using Avast all this time, so I trust this program.

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    For FIREFOX.

    http://adblockplus.org/en/getting_started

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...on/flashblock/ - Note this blocks all flash add ons so if you may want to whitelist some sites if not working properly.

    http://noscript.net/features Site could use more streamline design, I mean it looks worse than the ads I'm trying to block - However, it is also a good and useful script blocker.

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    I've managed to go ahead and, after a bit of a stint suffering from one of those buggers myself, have gone ahead and got wise to the whole "fake antivirus" thing. Usually simply does me good to simply remember which Antivirus I actually have installed - for a while, it was AVG (decent but consumes resources) but Microsoft Essentials seems to definitely be the best one I've used so far.

    When I did get scammed by one of them, it was a while ago, took me a while to get rid of it - I can definitely see why you'd have a panic attack over it. Nothing on the internet is to be trusted, ever.

    But it's good now. Hooray!
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    No panic, more like PISSED!
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    It's times like this I really love my Mac, quirks and all... Been through Windows virus-malware-garbage hell before, not going back if I can help it.

    Whatever you do, don't use Internet Exploder for anything (except the updates Windows forces you to use it for, I guess.) (Ugh. ) (Have I mentioned I love my Mac?) Stick with Firefox or Chrome.

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    Just updated my Chrome.

    Anyone know if Google's given up on it, because there's realy none of the bells and whistles one would expect of an IE.
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    I`m usually tight with keeping mainteinance and i usually manage to keep my pc pretty clean, the only really anoying thing i havent been able to get rid off is sometimes when i click on firefox to open a tab with the middle button it opens it a bunch of times, it drives me nuts to close 3 or 4 windows of the same thing, even more that i cant figure out the source.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QueenGwenevere View Post
    It's times like this I really love my Mac, quirks and all... Been through Windows virus-malware-garbage hell before, not going back if I can help it.
    Don't get too complacent. The number of viruses targeted towards Macs has increased pretty dramatically over the last couple years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meloncov View Post
    Don't get too complacent. The number of viruses targeted towards Macs has increased pretty dramatically over the last couple years.
    Most or all of them have been hidden in things the user has to actively install (like screensavers...) Mac doesn't have the same loopholes that Windows has where the mere act of visiting a website can silently install things on your computer without your knowledge.

    And Mac doesn't force you to run IE for anything. That right there is a huge plus.

    Of course you still have to be smart and not, y'know, download weird executables or install free screensavers or so-called anti-virus software from god-knows-where. And make sure your browser settings are secure. And turn on your firewall and all that. And don't run IE.

    But running Firefox on a Mac has been heaven compared to running IE on Windows. Or IE on anything. When I was running IE on Windows, it became a morass of mal-stuff within months, some of which I never managed to get rid of. Meanwhile I've been running Firefox on my Mac for six years with no problems... Never did put IE on it, because it wasn't even available for Mac.

    Just don't run IE. Ever. DON'T DO IT.

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    Just wanted to throw the monkey wrench in the Mac debate:

    http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/05/mac-malware/

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    look up Bitdefender bootable ISO (google it) this AV you boot from CD it will scan for any part left and you will have them the Fake AV software hides well and can re-infect system restore is temp fix don't count on it work 100% of the time . S&D good program and yes Stop using IE and Get off hotmail .. just google hacking Hotmail its been a world past time since 1994.. Hacking or spamming people there is a full time job it seems.. another good program Virus Effect Remover al I moving from AVG to avast! Free Antivirus and for a firewall COMODO Firewall(just using the free one in the security suite) the two programs seem to keep thing out very well right now...

    Do scan with that cd if you have you window CD load in and do system file check if in XP it in you tools in th system info if in Win7 go to the CMD run SFC /scannow this will fix any damage or missing files from the OS as well..

    Good luck

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    BTW I been work computer for over 30 year as tech and security tech..so been there too..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arshes Nei View Post
    Just wanted to throw the monkey wrench in the Mac debate:

    http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/05/mac-malware/
    ...though again, it's something the user has to actively install... General rule of thumb, don't click anything in a weird pop-up, not even the X button, force-quit your browser instead. (Yeah, installing weird unknown crap is liable to cause problems no matter what you run.)

    (But sheesh, why must every article about anything Mac-related always have a rabid Mac-vs-PC war in the comments...)

    Meh. Maybe we should just switch to Ubuntu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QueenGwenevere View Post
    (But sheesh, why must every article about anything Mac-related always have a rabid Mac-vs-PC war in the comments...)
    LOL! But you're the one that started it! "It's times like this I really love my Mac, quirks and all..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by QueenGwenevere View Post
    It's times like this I really love my Mac, quirks and all... Been through Windows virus-malware-garbage hell before, not going back if I can help it.

    Whatever you do, don't use Internet Exploder for anything (except the updates Windows forces you to use it for, I guess.) (Ugh. ) (Have I mentioned I love my Mac?) Stick with Firefox or Chrome.
    If you ever run a Windows virtual machine on your Mac or emulate Windows, be aware that your VM can have all the vulnerabilities of a regular ol' Windows install.

    Anyway. While I like OSX, I've run Windows for years with very few virus or malware problems. But I have to admit... as soon as I can get a UNIX that runs Adobe Software without emulation and doesn't cost me an arm and a kidney, I'm swapping out. I need a command line to get shit done.
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