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    TROJ_SMALL.AFG

    My curiosity makes me post this. It won't take long. My web browsing is so "conservative" that it surprises me that this happened. I've been using Trend Micro's PC-cillin into my third year and before that McAfee. I can't remember when the last time I was hit with a virus or trojan until this, today. The PC-cillin analysis says that their pattern file #527 covers it and mine is at #546 and is ALWAYS up to date, so this baby came in THIS MORNING somehow. I don't hardly ever run IE and was in Mozilla when this popup from PC-cillin opened. Anybody else been hit with it?

    Edited later: I thought this clip from Trend Micro might be of interest: <blockquote><hr><snip> ...as part of another malware

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    Re: TROJ_SMALL.AFG

    Hey Al - odd that Google ties it extensively to Trend Micro only. Did you scan with an "on-demand" AV (as opposed to your "in-residence" AV?) - AVG for example. Or an on-line scanner like TM's own HouseCall or PandaSoft ActiveScan from here.

    I guess it is a moot point since your TM seems to have cleaned it out.
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    Re: TROJ_SMALL.AFG

    Al,

    I did the same thing Bill thought to do and ran the virus name through Google. He's correct that Trend Micro is alone in identifying this thing. Also, all the other sites connected with the Google search seemed to be Italian bullitin boards or discussion groups talking about this worm. Not much to go on, but I'll keep my eyes and ears open. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>
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    Re: TROJ_SMALL.AFG

    Unfortunately, the AV vendors still haven't standardized on how to name malware. You'll notice in the "Virus Encyclopedia" entry this note:

    Aliases: Trojan.StartPage.F, TrojanDownloader:Win32/Small.AAI, Win32.Startpage.PA

    Those might be the Symantec and McAfee names for this malware. Would be convenient if they were already hot links for Google searches. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: TROJ_SMALL.AFG

    Al, regardless of how you came by it, you can prevent this kind of nasty with a resident product like TrojanHunter, which I use in combination with anti-spyware and antivirus products.
    Charlotte

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    Re: TROJ_SMALL.AFG

    As you didn't post a link and I didn't remember hearing about the product, I searched The Lounge and found a number of references to it that all came up " 404 ". A Google produced <A target="_blank" HREF="http://www.trojanhunter.com/">Mischel Internet Security - Home of TrojanHunter

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    Re: TROJ_SMALL.AFG

    Yes Mischel Internet Security is the place - 30 day free trial , after that $49 US.
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    Re: TROJ_SMALL.AFG

    Sorry, Al. It's been discussed in this board before, so I skipped the link. Mea culpa. <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30>
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