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Thread: WINLGON.EXE Trojan
February 7th, 2005 #1
If you are on a PC, check in your Windows\System directory for an .exe file titled winlgon.exe. If it is there, you must kill this bastard immediately. It won't be picked up by Norton or other antivirus progams that I am aware of.
winlgon.exe is a trojan that emails SPAM through a backdoor access it creates, so it doesn't use your email program, but can clog your access and slow things down. Most importantly, it's SPAM program. And having my computer hijacked for SPAM purposes is akin to being mugged or raped as far as I'm concerned.
If you see this .exe file, you must hit ctl+alt+delete, locate winlgon.exe in your processes and end the process.
Do not confuse with WINLOGON.EXE - that one is needed.
winlgon.exe = END PROCESS
winlogon.exe = LEAVE ALONE
Once the process has been ended, go into Windows\System and find winlgon.exe and DELETE THAT BASTARD, then make sure your recycle bin is empty as well.
It took me a week and a lot of money to get this taken care of. Ultimately though it worked out in the end, the whole thing was a rather nerve-wracking and expensive process. I hope you have better luck than I did.
Hide this ad by registering as a memberFebruary 7th, 2005 #2
unlike you i don't use crappy outlook express.
i just stick wiht the internet email sites...i have a google mail account.
Do you know the muffinman?
Originally Posted by creatix
Once you understand what the word "stupid" means - age is no longer a valid excuse for being that way.
February 7th, 2005 #3
it's pretty easy to set outlook to display messages as text-only, and have it send text-only messages as well. I never open html mails or anything with attached files unless I know I can trust the person...
outlook is too good not to use, though there are some pretty neat webmail interfaces too (the best one being outlook web access...hahaha).
I'm not really sure what this had to do with the original message...I guess I should get some sleep
February 7th, 2005 #4
sorry what happened? I was busy with my MAC
February 7th, 2005 #5Originally Posted by MuffinMan
I'd use a Mac if I could afford to switch over at this point, but I can't. It's not just the computer, it's all the programs too. I use one at work and I like it