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WARNING ABOUT MYSPACE
Old 04-16-2007, 10:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Rolando recently recommended everyone link and use MySpace and I thought you all should be warned about how dangerous a computer environment it truly is.

Yesterday I received a friend notice and saw an attractive woman's picture. I thought this might be a model contact and clicked on it.

It then installed the most invasive and persistent malware I have ever seen. It claims to be an installation and solicitation for anti spyware software!

The program was called Spylock and it was a keylogger and Trojan and god knows what else. I have a begrudging admiration for the author because it is very nasty but very clever. It has blocked me at just about every turn.

I personally think MySpace is hideous regardless of this. But I am currently writing this on my desktop not my laptop. I have isolated the laptop until I am certain it will not send all my info out to whoever wrote this crap. And I am currently doing a security erase of key files. Even with that I am not certain all of this program has been taken out. My regular virus/spyware software got pieces of it but the whole still lived.

Be warned and be careful.
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Re: WARNING ABOUT MYSPACE
Old 04-16-2007, 10:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have encountered this very same thing, and of course I did not install. I recommend to you and all others that they get their own Anti Virus software like Norton. The reason I recommend is that Norton has an anti-fraud feature where it scans the page for a variety of bad stuff that may be fruadulant. On a few occasions, I have been asked for my password on myspace, and Norton let me know that it was a fraudulant page, especially since I was already logged in. I agree, while I have found several models on myspace, as well as others have done the same, I agree with your warning, there is a ton of spam there, and you really must be careful.

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Re: WARNING ABOUT MYSPACE
Old 04-16-2007, 10:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I am sorry to hear you had such bad luck with the nasty-ware. Your warning is important. I have had such nasty "friend" requests twice - fortunately my defenses caught it the first time and I was not stupid enough to do it a second time. I reported the "user" to MySpace and they were gone by the time the admin's got to it. I keep an account there solely so I e-mail folks who only use that site.

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Re: WARNING ABOUT MYSPACE
Old 04-16-2007, 11:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I do well with my sites, so for me, it's a no brainer, no My Space! Aside from that, my clients aren't the type that use My Space.

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Old 04-16-2007, 02:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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With all due respect, who would actually answer "yes" to installing anything when asked?
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Old 04-16-2007, 02:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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With all due respect, who would actually answer "yes" to installing anything when asked?
The typical MySpace user, which is the same thing as saying the typical computer user.
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Old 04-16-2007, 02:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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With all due respect, who would actually answer "yes" to installing anything when asked?
I don't recall that the original post mentioned anything about answering "yes" to anything. He said he clicked on a friend link that had showed up and the implication was then that where-ever that link took him, installed the Trojan or whatever. This is certainly a possibility any more since there are exploits that can occur just from visiting a web page. It all depends on how aggressive you set your anti spy ware and anti virus programs as well as your browser settings. It seems like every week or so a new exploit appears on the scene and then new patches have to be applied to the OS, or Browser to defeat the exploit.

The moral should be -- don't click on any link provided by someone you don't trust. And then apply Mark Twain's follow up rule -- "trust everyone, but always cut the cards".

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Old 04-16-2007, 02:54 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I got nailed a week ago, and the only solution was to format my hard drive and reload everything. And both my antivirus and my anti spyware missed it.
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Old 04-16-2007, 05:18 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I use three different ones. AdAware and Spybot Search and Destroy and HouseCall. Combining these seems to find and combat almost everything.
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