Author Archives: John Barrett

VBScript “shortcuts” virus removal

Everybody likes music, so many people are downloading music albums or collages from untrusted sources be they illegal torrents containing copyrighted material, P2P networks or files hosting websites. After downloading and unpacking the archive we can see the folder is containing more files than the supposed music files, in our example: – an autorun.inf file; – an autorun.exe file; – a VBScipt file in our example 2.vbs; – the real music files, the songs respectively; – shortcuts with the same name as the songs; It is a VBScript virus, very annoying but simple to remove manually. I dare to say it is simpler to remove manually than with an antivirus …

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Premium VPN service giveaway

Who is concerned for his(her) privacy knows that the best protection out there is to use a VPN(Virtual Private Network) service. The Internet can be a veritable minefield for data theft and other attacks by hackers these days. Protecting your online privacy just isn’t as easy as it used to be. To meet the increasing challenges of identity theft in the Internet age, Kepard a relatively new but strong company offers the best VPN service to help protect your computer from hackers and give you the peace of mind you need in your work, communication, and everyday web surfing. Their service offers: Up to 256 Bit Encryption Unlimited traffic Unrestricted speeds Offshore service …

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How to remove Qvo6.com “virus”

malavida.com is a spanish website offering freeware for downloading. The problem with it is that like many other websites offering software for downloading, it enforces you to download first their “downloader”, the old trick used to install additional and potentially undesirable software in your computer. If you check these days and try to download a freeware from their website, an executable of 159 KB with the name of the original application is downloaded first instead of the desired application, for example: skype-windows-downloader.exe cpu-z-windows-downloader.exe nero-windows-downloader.exe ares-windows-downloader.exe and so on. Let’s run the downloader in a sandbox and see what is the additional software installed. The screens tell the story: … … … …

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CPU-Z, the free unwanted package

CPU-Z from CPUID is a very popular freeware program that gathers and display information about your installed hardware like details of CPU, motherboard, installed RAM memory, voltages and so on. On CPUID website you can find multiple download links of the same product, CPU-Z version 1.63, as an installation file containing both 32 and 64 bits versions or as a standalone executable either for 32 or 64 bits, the question is why to use an installation file when the program can run as a standalone executable so I’ve extracted the components of the installation file to see what it contains. I’ve used a X-UniExtract 1.6.1 rev4, a very good tool for extracting …

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The fake VLC Media Player and serious business

  Sometimes, navigating on the Web we find a link to a very tempting video which are demanding a necessary plugin to play, or a special player or simply a codec. Maybe we receive this link in an email, or somebody(not a friend that’s for sure) send it to us on Facebook or even we download a bogus video file which try to force us to download a certain player. No other player can play this video but especially that one. Well, this scenario is old and a lot used by evil persons or companies to trick us to run their malicious software. Trojans? Viruses? Not necessary, but adware, software …

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What is in fact STOPzilla?

I’ll start this article with an excerpt from Wikipedia: STOPzilla is a PC security software for the Microsoft Windows operating system. STOPzilla utilizes a proprietary AVM Technology, a multi-layered malware detection system that detects complex malicious threats while using minimal system resources. STOPzilla’s AVM Technology constantly scans, detects, and quarantines malicious threats without affecting the PC’s performance. STOPzilla AVM protects the user’s computer from computer viruses and malware. The current version of STOPzilla, STOPzilla AVM 2013, incorporates iS3′s new AVM technology, which uses a multi-layered defense architecture, utilizing both heuristic and behavioral detection. STOPzilla can be installed in hostile environments where an infection has already occurred, and its built in anti-rootkit …

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Win 32 Sality virus removal

As I said somewhere in this website, I don’t have installed any antivirus and I’m running Windows operating system a risky game some of you maybe will say, a true cyber-suicide other are saying. I have never recommended this test to anyone, my intention was only to have a very close look of reality of the threats that Windows are confronted with. Something at the frontier of stupidity and a malware lab. To reproduce exactly the wished environment, that’s an unprotected real computer(not a virtual machine because some malware are aware of it) and an unsuspecting user, my kids have full access to this computer to do whatever they want …

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