Fake Windows Update?


G

Geoff T

Hi;

Friend of mine recently (I believe June16th or 17th) followed the prompt
(little flashing icon in lower right of taskbar) to Upgrade his Windows XP.
His firewall (Zonealarm) and antivirus (Northon AV) were immediately
disabled. Now he is displaying all the symptoms of a rather severe viral
infection: no AV, no firewall, can't browse (trying to get to Symantec) and
more. At first, I considered it to be highly unlikely that the Windows Auto
Upgrade could have been source of the problem, but then I checked around
with other people using Windows XP and learned that none of them had
recently been requested to Upgrade their versions.

Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.

Geoff
 
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H

hermes

Jupiter said:
Extremely unlikely any malware came from Windows Update.
Did he open a patch in Email claiming to be from Microsoft?
http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/bogmail.htm

Follow #1 thru #4 on this link to check for viruses and spyware:
http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/slowcom.htm
Windows update doesn't have malware, it just hijacks your IE browser.

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hermes
DRM sux! Treacherous Computing kills our virtual civil liberties!
http://www.redrival.com/protectfreedom/
http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/tcpa-faq.html
http://anti-dmca.org/
http://www.eff.org/IP/DMCA/unintended_consequences.php

Windows XP crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.
 
J

Jupiter Jones [MVP]

Interesting comment considering the malware at least one of the sites
you reference attempts to foist onto computers.

Perhaps you should pay attention to the sites you seem to recommend so
you can avoid being part of the very problem.
 
H

hermes

Jupiter said:
Interesting comment considering the malware at least one of the sites
you reference attempts to foist onto computers.

Perhaps you should pay attention to the sites you seem to recommend so
you can avoid being part of the very problem.
Ok then, that's fair. Can you suggest a better free hosting website
then (other than angelfire, yahoo or geocities?

--
hermes
DRM sux! Treacherous Computing kills our virtual civil liberties!
http://www.redrival.com/protectfreedom/
http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/tcpa-faq.html
http://anti-dmca.org/
http://www.eff.org/IP/DMCA/unintended_consequences.php

Windows XP crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.
 
J

Jupiter Jones [MVP]

Look around.
Many ISPs provide free web space, does yours?

Other than that look at websites that have few if no ads.
Google may also help.
 
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H

hermes

Jupiter said:
Look around.
Many ISPs provide free web space, does yours?

Other than that look at websites that have few if no ads.
Google may also help.
Thanks for the excellent advice. See what you think now.
http://protectfreedom.tripod.com/

--
hermes

DRM sux! Treacherous Computing kills our virtual civil liberties!
http://protectfreedom.tripod.com/index.html
http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/tcpa-faq.html
http://anti-dmca.org/
http://www.eff.org/IP/DMCA/unintended_consequences.php

Windows XP crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams
 

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