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    XP antivirus2009!!

    One of the sales guys at work got infected with XP Antivirus 2009 which is bad enough in it self.
    What gets me is how he got it.
    We do a lot of google searches for parts and machinery ect.
    He googled a brand name then click on the link in the results page and wham XPantivirus installed.
    He is running xp with sp3 and IE6 with AVG8 free
    I thought you go it from within the website it self not from the link on the google page???
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    Re: XP antivirus2009!!

    Ehm, the search engine shows a search result given the search terms used, and the search result include live links to pages that match the search question (in theory).

    When you click on any link in a search result (or ANY link in a web browser for that matter) you are telling the browser to go to that address. What happens after you have clicked the link isn't under the control of the first page. (And yes, there are ads in the search results sometimes; the same goes for those links.)

    If one are doing a "lot of google searches" one should perhaps know that clicking on everything isn't necessarily a good thing.

    Some weeks ago I posted some links to a blog over at F-Secure were they take a look at some the different "brands" in the rogue security software category. <post:=735,893>post 735,893</post:>

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    Re: XP antivirus2009!!

    XPAntivirus is a particularly nasty piece of malware.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has recently gained a good reputation fighting it; there is a free version and a paid version (the latter has more features).

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    Re: XP antivirus2009!!

    XPAntivirus is a particularly nasty piece of malware.
    Hans.
    It is that and more.
    I know about malwarebytes as I use it at home and work.{ we are only a small company so we don't have the usual restrictions on our computers none at all really}
    I used malwarebytes to remove it from his computer I think I got it all only time will tell.I also did a manual search.
    But my main reason for posting was the method of infection. By just clicking on the link in the results page.Dose this indicate a fake web page??
    Gus..

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    Re: XP antivirus2009!!

    Criminals do try to lure people to their websites by including search words in their web pages that will be picked up by search engines such as Google. So unfortunately, you cannot always trust the results of a Google search - it may lead you to unwanted sites that don't have anything to do with the search terms that you used. That's why you should have anti-malware software that continuously protects your computer; just running a scan every week or even every day is not enough.

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    Re: XP antivirus2009!!

    Hans.
    Would a program like AVG PRO do the job?
    Gus..

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    Re: XP antivirus2009!!

    So, picking up on Hans' opening for me, let me put in a plug for SpywareBlaster®. Free download. I've been using it for a long time and (with fingers crossed) I've been pretty clean in all that time. Either I'm a pretty safe surfer (somewhat possible) or SpywareBlaster is doing an excellent job (more likely). Give it a try if you haven't already.

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    Re: XP antivirus2009!!

    I would hope so, although there is always a possibility that a particular anti-virus program misses a particular bit of malware.

    I endorse Bigaldoc's recommendation of Spywareblaster. Although it doesn't actually run all the time, it does provide continuous protection by blocking a large number of suspicious websites.

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    Re: XP antivirus2009!!

    I received one at one of alternate e-mail address's for Spybot 2009. No way I was opening that since I use Spybot S & D.
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    Re: XP antivirus2009!!

    Looking at the "real" e-mail address of the sender is usually a giveaway. But one does get paranoid - when I received an e-mail from Microsoft about the Extra (out-of-sequence) security update: 23-Oct-08, I was very suspicious, although the e-mail did come from microsoft.com.

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    Re: XP antivirus2009!!

    <hr>But my main reason for posting was the method of infection. By just clicking on the link in the results page.Dose this indicate a fake web page??<hr>
    The web is full of sites whose purpose in life is to infect your computer. The fact that the user was infected without warning may indicate that the browser permissions are a bit too trusting (e.g., regarding ActiveX controls) or that the browser has not been fully patched up to repair vulnerabilities that malware installers exploit.

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    Re: XP antivirus2009!!

    I would tend to agree with Jefferson, that the protections on that particular computer must have been too loose or there are not enought "layers" of protection.

    One really needs a multi-faceted approach to protection against malware and viruses. A good firewall like ZoneAlalrm or other freeware firewall, a reliable AV program like AVG or Avast! (both <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>), SpywareBlaster, Spybot S&D (both also <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>) and one that I pay for, SpySweeper.

    Just my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: XP antivirus2009!!

    This "Multi-faceted approach" should also include keeping all security patches up to date, on all products.

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    Re: XP antivirus2009!!

    Right you are, Stuart. <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15> I shouldn't assume that goes without saying. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>
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