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Adventures in Malware

Postby Huckleby » Fri Aug 21, 2015 1:04 am

I got a nasty infection on my computer that was not highly destructive but devilishly persistent. I say "infection" generally because it was several things, and not sure of their technical classification. Main behavior was browser tabs in all browsers constantly opening-up creepy ads. Other supernatural phenomena.

So I tried every tool under the sun to clear this bug - no luck. The usual downloadable scanners and cleaners were thrown at enemy.

In the end, or I should say middle, I ponied-up $40 for Spyhunter license. What a friggin superior tool! It found so much crap on my computer that other programs missed. Why, it did everything but fix my big infection.

Then the magic happened. A tech at Spyhunter scheduled an appointment to take over my machine remotely, and I was able to watch as he worked his magic. OMG. This dude was flying all over my system, spotting potentially suspicious programs and data, deleting many utilities that I had horded. He sped through the registry like a maniac, deleting keys in the most obscure places. He ran many utilities. To make a long story even longer, this savant toiled for an hour and a half at warp speed before the worst problem was finally isolated. (A virus attached to system dll)

Some takeaways: Spyhunter is an awesome antivirus suite, IMO, and the sophisticated consulting service they provided for a lousy $40 was extremely generous.

I chatted extensively with the guy; he said the virus criminals are ahead of the tool makers right now. They are getting more and more clever at hiding infections; the stickiest problems now require a human specialist like this dude to sniff out. Programs are having particular trouble finding infections that hide as data in the registry.

He thought that Windows Defender is by far the most effective of the free tools.

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Re: Adventures in Malware

Postby Roy » Fri Aug 21, 2015 1:21 am

Glad you got it sorted, spyhunter is a fine tool. I used it for about a year, then switched to MalwareBytes. I like it a bit better as the live protection is better not to mention faster. Most live virus protection slows browsing.

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Re: Adventures in Malware

Postby Huckleby » Fri Aug 21, 2015 1:32 am

Ya, MalwareBytes is my go-to tool. The SpyHunter scans are indeed painfully slow. But SpyHunter clearly blows MalwareBytes away in thoroughness.
I am experimenting with Spyhunter's live protection right now, it does not seem to be loading the machine, and it evidently plays well with Windows Defender. It could be that I just don't notice Spyhunter's load.

It is so hard for a consumer to really know what is best. These programs evolve, it's a moving target.

I'm convinced that the gov ought to setup a shared database for infections that the private firms grow and share. Ya, I know this is a commy idea, but the computer threat really is a question of national security and economy. It is kinda silly to have 30 different companies separately identifying problems; the ID'd problems need to quickly become public domain information. Many features remain upon which the software companies can compete and distinguish themselves.

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Re: Adventures in Malware

Postby Huckleby » Fri Aug 21, 2015 2:05 am

BTW, I think I might of gotten the worst infection from an act of unforgivable stupidity. I clicked on a .exe file that came from a dubious website. I bow my head in shame.

I was able to recover some sense of self-worth in my own attempts to diagnose the problems. I figured-out part of problem was a "dns changer" that was loading my TCP/IP configuration with a name server the FBI site told me is a rat. And the system DLL that contained an infection did wind-up being related to DNS. I pointed out my accomplishment to the Master Geek, and he patted me on head.

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Re: Adventures in Malware

Postby Roy » Fri Aug 21, 2015 3:50 am

I haven't tried Spyhunter for a few years, so maybe he live protection load isn't so bad now. I might give it a try.

Understand what you mean by stupid clicks. A year or so ago I made a stupid click on a link and got an FBI Ransomware virus. What a pain!

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Re: Adventures in Malware

Postby Galoot » Fri Aug 21, 2015 10:29 am

That'll do, Huck. That'll do.


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