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Offline stana

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« on: 14/12/2007 19:25:50 »
Hey guys. This isnt really science, but id like to take this oppertunity to tell you a virus is being sent round on forums and on MSN. It will say something like

they banned my account because of THIS picture they said. Its not Bad at all. Man Am i angry.

They will then send you the 'picture' (VIRUS) and you will also be infected.

Anyone got any ideas on how to remove it?

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« Reply #1 on: 15/12/2007 02:19:23 »
Have you made sure you have the latest Windows updates applied to your system from Microsoft.

Image based viruses work because of bugs in Microsoft software (buffer overruns in the image processing), and usually when Microsoft hear about it, they try and get into a panic and fix it (although it still take a few weeks, at minimum).

Ofcourse, that does not tell you how to clear it once you have let it in.

It depends on the type of virus involved as to how it can be cleared.  It can be as simple as simply running an up to date virus checker on your system, and let it do its work; to getting as nasty as having to reinstall your entire system.

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« Reply #2 on: 15/12/2007 10:38:54 »
thanks

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« Reply #3 on: 15/12/2007 11:07:37 »
The only pictures that I have downloaded with my MSN were my photos so safe.

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« Reply #4 on: 24/01/2008 14:33:32 »
Stana,
My niece got this virus (i forget the name) check Microsoft for a patch / removal tool. Thers is one there...somewhere...

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« Reply #5 on: 30/01/2008 02:32:14 »
Get Kaspersky - more expensive but well worth the price.
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« Reply #6 on: 30/01/2008 02:40:38 »
Or do what i do, simply annoy and wind people up. You then have no friends and this negates the whole concept on MSN and other such programmes.

Incidentally, if anyone wants to be my friend and chat on line, then my im handle is:
billynomates@lonely.com

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« Reply #7 on: 30/01/2008 07:54:08 »
Or do what i do, simply annoy and wind people up. You then have no friends and this negates the whole concept on MSN and other such programmes.

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