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Thread: Battlehelm.com has reached Attack Site status!

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    Battlehelm.com has reached Attack Site status!

    Rather ironic isn't it?

    My server company said I myself uploaded the corrupted files on May 15th so the "hacker is on your PC" - the call is coming from inside the house!

    Obviously I wanna clear out my PC, what should I do? Do any of you have suggestions as to what is a good hacker/spy ware/whatever software to use and try to clean up my PC before re uploading my files? I've reset my account at the server they are sending me a list of affected files that I supposedly uploaded on my last update. My browser wouldn't let me see my homepage and when I forced it to open all clicks went to look for "martuz.cn" before opening the correct page on my site. Should I change all my passwords after running the fix-it software?

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    I don't know about most of your questions. But I would most certainly change all your passwords. Sometimes those viruses have a key logger attached.

    On the lighter side, I love the "The call is from inside the house" reference! Good luck.

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    I like kaspersky AV, but it is not always the most user friendly

    But if you are looking for quickie without downloading an entire program, here are a couple good utils... the bit defender is a rather deep scan so it will take a bit

    http://www.bitdefender.com/scanner/online/free.html

    http://www.kaspersky.com/kos/eng/par...=1243057268572

    If you are wanting freebee AV/Malware/Firewall etc... then go to downloads.com and see what CNET has to offer, they always have a good selection of feeware. Plus, you can filter through the options by editor/user choice, free/pay etc

    Hope this helps,
    Av

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    Thanks for those links. I'm running the Kaspersky now (I don't use IE cos it's all screwed up) so I couldn't use bit defender. But Kasper is busy now and finding a number of things.

    Scan Complete: apx 1200 infected objects!

    So what now? I know apx how many I have but the program didn't give me any options for erasing them.

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    1200... ? My dad freaked out when I had 17.. o.o

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    1200!?! Things are looking pretty grim my friend. Most machines I've seen with that level of infection weren't the same after the quarantine procedure. It would be similar to a lobotomy....A few good free programs are

    Avast! Anti-virus
    http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html

    Spybot Search&Destroy
    http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html

    The spybot program is getting on in years, but still works quite well. Personally I have stopped using the Avast! in favor of the CA security suite, but that is one you have to pay for. Although with this years edition of it (if i read it right) they no longer require a yearly fee.

    Hope that helps. Good luck fighting the good fight!

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    Trying to remove malware on your own can be a frustrating, time consuming an often fruitless endeavor. Enlist some help. There are plenty of legitimate support forums with experts to help you out. We got help at work when one of the networks got infected. It saved a lot of time then trying to do it ourselves. I don't remember which forum they used.

    Be sure to read all the steps they want you to take before posting. Each group will recommend different tools so it is best to post on one forum only and stick with them. Read some of the existing threads to see which forum is to your liking.

    You will need a combination of tools to clean your system. Some work better than others depending on your particular infection. This is where expert advice comes into play.

    Some support forums:

    Dslreports Security Cleanup Forum:
    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/cleanup
    http://www.dslreports.com/faq/13616

    MajorGeeks:
    http://forums.majorgeeks.com/forumdisplay.php?f=35
    http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=35407

    BleepingComputer:
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/forum79.html
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/forum103.html

    Most if not all of these sites will recommend using HiJackThis! and uploading the log.
    You can download HiJackThis! for free from TrendMicro. Google "Hijackthis log" to find additional sites that will help with malware removal.

    If you know how to read the logs, this can be a very useful tool. I use it to remove unwanted browser toolbars and startup programs that get installed with video, printer drivers, Adobe Acrobat etc.

    If you do online banking or shopping of any sort assume that your passwords and account numbers have been compromised. Contact your credit card companies and either have new cards issued or have alerts put on them for any unusual activities. Change your account passwords from a clean computer. Running a credit report would not be a bad idea. You're allowed one free report per year. There are three major companies that do this so run one company every 4 months and you can cover a whole year for free.
    Grand Hotel... always the same. People come, people go. Nothing ever happens.

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    Screw antivirus software. First, go to another computer that you know is secure (a well-maintained public machine - like at the library - works, or the computer of a tech-savvy and cautious friend) and change all of the passwords for your internet-related stuff. Backup all of your important documents - anything that isn't a program. Backup all of your scripted stuff (Flash documents, MS Office files) to a different disk so that you can check them for macro viruses later. Then wipe your computer - find a disk utility that will actually overwrite your whole hard drive with blank data. Your hosting company has probably already done so, but if they have any of the old data from your site, you should remove it all (preferably just delete it, or if some things are irreplaceable put it on a disk to pick through later.) Contacting your bank(s) as the others said is also a pretty good idea. You might also want to call anyone that you make regular online payments to, such as your utility companies - those folks do have a fair amount of your sensitive information, and they aren't always the best about keeping it private.
    Particularly if you're doing something like running a website, where you disseminate data to thousands of other users, you should have your computer set up so that you can do the above stuff at any time with little trouble. Adopt a filing method that will allow you to find all of the stuff you need to keep without a lot of searching - this will make backing up and rebuilding faster. I suggest getting a second hard drive to be used exclusively for maintaining backups of any files you create or work with before posting them online, so if anything is ever compromised you have your data in a separate place from your system and configuration files (which is where things usually go wrong.) Then all you need to do is disconnect your backup drive and you're ready to wipe the rest of the system down. When you go back to reconnect it, since you only used it to save your documents and static files, you'll know that if any programs start running from it, they're not supposed to be there and can be removed. You could also consider finding yourself a cheap junker computer to use for your day-to-day casual internet tasks.
    The benefit to any of these options is that you can re-install your operating system easily once you come up with a routine for doing it. It is a chore, but for most users you can actually get a pretty noticeable performance bump if you do it, so it's not just something for treating urgent problems like viruses. It shouldn't be necessary, but most operating systems tend to accumulate unnecessary and erroneous configuration data over time - files are loaded at startup to support programs you deleted long ago, or bad data gets saved in a setup file and has to be corrected each time a program loads because no-one thought to overwrite the setup file after the information was fixed. I work tech support at my school and am also going for a degree in computer science. The kinds of problems we see with software most of the time are truly asinine - it never ceases to disappoint me.
    Best luck...
    ~Joe

    PS - When I first saw this thread I thought that "attack site status" was some sort of honor among the internet metal communities or something. CONGRATULATIONS! :P
    o//~ Livin' like a bug ain't easy / My old clothes don't seem to fit me /
    I got little tiny bug feet / I don't really know what bugs eat /
    Don't want no one steppin' on me / Now I'm sympathizin' with fleas /
    Livin' like a bug ain't easy / Livin' like a bug ain't easy... o//~

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