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    Exclamation Warning to anyone not using Antivirus

    As admin of TWC, several friends and my family found out yesterday I had my Hotmail account hijacked and was used to send out an email to everyone in my contact list directing them to a spam site yesterday morning. After close to 10 years and thinking I was not vulnerable to the attacks that I hear so much about it has happened.



    Warning to all. I finally found how they got me. I frequent many sites, one of the largest being Deviantart. Yesterday upon loading Deviantart my newly updated antivirus went nuts. Normally I had been going to Deviantart and IE8 would almost freeze up before loading and I thought it just some screwed up coding or something. The trojan was embedded into the ads. So from personal experience make sure you use antivirus, make sure you update it, and above all, remember these morons can get you anywhere anytime, so stay protected !!!!!!!!


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    Yes i was surprised when I received a spam mail from LW, yesterday! I ofcourse instantly knew that his mail id had been compromised.

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    Its time to dump IE8 and wait for a new version of IE. Every month we see a new vulnerability in IE.

    BTW I haven't used any Antivirus since the day I installed Windows 7 on my PC, and that was about a 6-7 months ago. And I am still immune to viruses and Trojans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riteshtechie View Post
    Its time to dump IE8 and wait for a new version of IE. Every month we see a new vulnerability in IE.

    BTW I haven't used any Antivirus since the day I installed Windows 7 on my PC, and that was about a 6-7 months ago. And I am still immune to viruses and Trojans.

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    If you do not have anti virus installed how do you know if your system is infected or not? No anti virus means no bells and whistles going off to alert you.

    Unless you are only working in a sand box I doubt any PC connected to the internet can survive 6 months without being attacked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMBerman View Post
    If you do not have anti virus installed how do you know if your system is infected or not? No anti virus means no bells and whistles going off to alert you.

    Unless you are only working in a sand box I doubt any PC connected to the internet can survive 6 months without being attacked.
    I agree. I thought I was immune as well until I turned my antivirus on and updated it for the first time in a couple of years. Never think you are immune

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    I have been running MSE on W7 since it came out and have had no issues. I also run Winpatrol Plus and Malwarebytes paid version both of these cost money but they are not a subscription just a one time fee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riteshtechie View Post
    Its time to dump IE8 and wait for a new version of IE. Every month we see a new vulnerability in IE.

    BTW I haven't used any Antivirus since the day I installed Windows 7 on my PC, and that was about a 6-7 months ago. And I am still immune to viruses and Trojans.

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    Immune? No, not hardly. In addition, if you read the Security Bulletins, it is IE6 predominantly that is the problem, followed by IE7. IE8 has not been impacted by all of the vulnerabilities.

    What L.W. experienced is described as a drive-by. (See How-to: Reduce Vulnerability to Drive-by Downloads.)

    BTW, from Windows 95 through Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, I have never had a malware infection on my computers. I attribute it to proper security, safe surfing and good fortune. I do not, however, consider my computers immune from infection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMBerman View Post
    If you do not have anti virus installed how do you know if your system is infected or not? No anti virus means no bells and whistles going off to alert you.
    Ok I scanned my PC and...............
    OOPS I was wrong my system has got 1 Trojan Horse (NOD 32 results).

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    Quote Originally Posted by riteshtechie View Post
    Ok I scanned my PC and...............
    OOPS I was wrong my system has got 1 Trojan Horse (NOD 32 results).
    Good to see you scanned your PC. It's a dark and dangerous world out there.

    1 Trojan horse can be responsible for key logging, password and bank information stealing, opening of back doors and the unwilling joining of any number of botnets including the infamous Zeus and Conficker responsible for billions of spam mail.

    Today, having an unprotected PC is foolish. No one unwittingly wants to aid and abet the criminals behind all this malware. We owe it to ourselves and the worldwide Internet community to fight and eradicate all forms malware and to do that we must start by protecting our own machines.

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    I scan twice every day on all our computers, an AV is a must these days


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