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bootletip
Grafter
Posts: 79
Registered: 26-08-2007

trojan activity etc

I have BB but switch off at night and at times during the day

I make sure my norton firewall and virus protection 2005 is up to date, I run a system scan almost every day - and windows is always upto date

I went to a well known bank site to register for internet banking - I have problems getting into the site and ended up being blocked by the bank and told to re register - I moved away to another screen to do that and Norton went potty and told me I had a virus - 'my cold' it came on to the system at the exact same time - I told the bank and they said that they virus must have been on my system already and that Norton was blocking it going out - not as I had thought coming in. I spent some time sorting the system out - cursing at the same time about Norton not preventing it coming down onto the system, I then discover that I have a trojan.download again - again much activity on my part. I downloaded the microsoft antispyware software from their system and now find that my ability to roll my sytem back has gone.

I am not a happy bunny
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Dealing with Trojens Ivan

Hello waafa,

There are several things to know about BB internet use of this kind. OK firstly there are downloaded nasties such as things that look like trojen infections (along with other nasties like the "moo virus", the "bloodhound virus" etc), these are either real virus infections, or code that isnt strictly speaking a virus or trojens that also get downloaded into your internet temp files or internet cache space. Such things are nasties that are embedded into a web page so that when you load the page concerned to view it as you surf along the naties get downloaded too.

**The solution to this one is a good quality cache cleaing tool, I recommend the excellent clean cache version 3.0 (freeware) http://www.buttuglysoftware.com/ The advantage of cleancache is that you can set the program to clear / clean the cache each time you close the browser, so the nasties get wiped each time. They cannot get into the rest of your system.

**Also locking down your internet browser will help stop some of the nasties getting onto your machine in the first place. So for example in IE6 if you disable ActiveX controlls this would also help alot.

**secondly, then there are the real & serious Trojen Horse infections which a normal anti virus program wont detect at all. These infections come hidden inside other software such as freeware "sometimes" or games. For real trojen infections you need a different tool for the job, again I recommend the excellent Trojen Hunter (its NOT freeware) but you can download a free 30day trial of the full program and you could use this to detect a Trojen on your system.

http://www.misec.net/trojanhunter/

http://www.anti-trojan-software-reviews.com/index.htm

**Also its worth downloading (if you DONT already have such a program) an anti AdAware or spyware program. Lavasoft do an excellent program which is free for personal use. http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

Ivan
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bootletip
Grafter
Posts: 79
Registered: 26-08-2007

trojans etc

thanks for your info I have taken it all on board, and will have a look at the relevant sites. I did wonder about freeware though - we go and download freeware to prevent/sort out problems what if the very thing we are protecting against is hidden in a form of freeware? or is this a daft question!
Alison
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A Good Question Replying Ivan

Hello Alison,

No! thats a very very good question your asking, but there is no black & white or 100% sure answer. The best that one can say is that its probably best to only download freeware from a know source such as Tucows (url) http://www.tucows.com/, or another site I have used safely (with clean software) is web attack http://www.webattack.com/ Otherwise stay away from the more dubious looking freeware sites and of course there are thousands of them.

**Use other websites offering freeware or tools or utils with care or caution. or only use a site thats been recommended as safe from other users you can trust. ie. word of mouth.

TIP!!
**Another good computing practise that NOT many people mention is that immediately after you have downloaded a new program or tool scan it with a virus scanner or even a trojen scanner BEFORE any installation is required, before any .exe or .com or .bat file is run. Only after you have scanned the file/s and found them to be clean should you install them. This can save many hours of annoyance & pain & frustration yet takes a few minutes at most.

**Trojen Infections are very sneaky by nature so detecting them isnt always very easy which is why most anti virus software wont detect them but the trojen hunter program will more than most.

Ivan
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trojan activity etc

You can safely download freeware software from any of the following sites

http://www.download.com
http://www.majorgeeks.com
http://www.snapfiles.com
http://www.fileforum.com

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