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    virus

    trojan dropper win32 / lukicsel . B

    trojan downloader win32 / drstwex . A

    etc...etc

    and more

    i havent seen a virus on my netbook since i got it...this morning everytime i log onto the internet using my 3 g mtn sim card which is in the netbook...i keep getting messages from microsoft security essentials...then it restarts.

    so i disabled the 3 g card and connected via telkom wireless...it stops.


    any know what is going on or seen this virus

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    I Googled this virus and it seems fairly serious but does not make any mention of causing restarts on a PC. So the restarts must come from something else.
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    thanks...didnt even think to google it.

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    Just be careful of passwords for gmail, banking etc. Might e a good idea to change them all using an uninfected pc not on your network.

    If you're stuck for a fix, or just lazy like me then go to the Trend Micro site and download 'hijackThis'. Install and run it. You can try posting the log file here if you want or there are various forums around that specialise in reading them and offering you advice on how to dig the nasty little critter out of you pc manually.

    Good luck and stay off the pron sites in future
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    this is what i dont understand is i dont do pron sites and normally any site i am visiting if any form of pop up appears i close it...

    i think this started on the weekend...i was working on my laptop and i heard the netebook make a clip sound and when i turned to look at the screen it had gone off...i thought just to screen saver but after i a while the picts hadnt come up...so i pressed enter...nothing...i had to restart the pc...then the warnings from security essentuals started popping up.

    something else i noted was there is a new user name which appears in our wireless network area...there were 4 names which appeared when i reset wireless network...every now and again i notice this new name and it one of those sicko type names...like now when i reset wireless network its not there at the moment

    my wireless network is security enabled via the normal telkom setup...but i dont know if the 3 g sim card is security enabled

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    These things can come in from quite a few sources, including web sites, emails, across network shares, flash discs, etc. (but not limited to them). Are you only using M$ Security Essentials? I'd advise you have a decent true AV installed as well (I like Avast!, but there's quite a lot of others - lots of them free). M$SE isn't a full blown security package, it doesn't stop all access points. Neither do AV's but they're closer to being full protection. Usually the "best" setup is to have M$SE + a good AV running concurrently, but that may hog your system (especially if it's a NetBook and/or AVG).

    Now the Wireless is yet another place where lots of problems can come in. I'm not sure what you mean by "security enabled via the normal telkom setup", there's 2 points to note here as well:
    (1) "Security" on wireless means the data sent over the air gets encrypted. There's several encryption methods, some better than others - but as yet (and probably never) there's no unbreakable encryption.
    (2) "Access Control" to the wireless is also handled by various means. Newer routers have something like a button your press to allow a new connection. Other than that there could be a passkey, or the one I prefer is using Physical Address filtering.

    A new unknown user on the wireless may mean someone's leaching off your network by having cracked the wireless's access control. Perhaps you should modify your access control method - I know it's a pain, but that's the only way you're going to get around it. And having someone linked to your network means they could have introduced the virus through their browsing - virusses sometimes have the capability to infect all PC's linked on a LAN (especially if there's shared folders / printers about).
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    i havent seen a virus on my netbook since i got it...this morning everytime i log onto the internet using my 3 g mtn sim card which is in the netbook...i keep getting messages from microsoft security essentials...then it restarts.
    Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is warning the user and requesting what it must do with the virus!!!!!!!!

    MSE is a full blown AV refer to comprehensive discussions on this topic by www.mybroadband.co.za by the software thread.

    MSE works for me if your OS an genuine version that is updated etc,etc. Remember MSE is "Mahala" for genuine OS only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Proseal View Post
    MSE is a full blown AV refer to comprehensive discussions on this topic by www.mybroadband.co.za by the software thread.
    Yes, if you compare it to something like ClamWin. But if you compare it to Avast! you find that it doesn't have internet / email scanning / fire-walling. E.g. one of the forums I usually use was hacked and some malware introduced there. With M$SE only nothing was noted and the malware installed on my office PC by just visiting the site, SE did find the malware later (during a scan) and try to remove it (which it couldn't but at least I then knew what to google for to get the removal tool). I visited the same site with my personal PC (with Avast! only), which blocked the site inside firefox - disallowing the malware to install in the first place.

    That's what I mean by "full blown". While SE is a very good (small, fast & mostly comprehensive) "AV" it stops short of being a preventative AV. Since the issue above, I've installed Avast! on my office PC as well - doesn't use any more RAM than SE and doesn't seem to slow down the PC any more either. Other than what I found previously with AVG.
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    We can have this tread rolling on and on, but the facts show that the PC user who's system OS is fully updated and running MSE is generally safe.
    Win 7 has a "Firewall" native to the system.
    MSE scans ALL inclusive of Emails and Browser operations and ports to your PC, SO IT IS A FULL BLOWN AV.
    Thank you.

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    Strange. From my personal experience it wasn't the case. Perhaps because of WinXP and not 7, though I've had the latest updates installed prior to the malware happening. Or else there's some setup on my system that was preventing SE to work correctly?
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