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Windows 7: Security Question

18 Aug 2011   #1
torre

Win 7, 32bit, Premium
 
 
Security Question

This question is not actually Win7 related, but there is expert knowledge on this forum. I would really appreciate your input. (It may be Win7 related, because I may have to do a reinstall)


Today I received a Yahoo IM from someone I did not know. As I was attempting to have my antivirus (Kaspersky) do a scan, I inadvertently opened the IM. It did not contain any attachments/links, but a weird coded message, something like "SSD12xxy" (not actual letters, but similar) The IM had a person's name in the from block.

It is my understanding that Kaspersky scans all incoming IMs but I am not sure under Yahoo Mail. A later system scan was negative. (It should be noted that my Yahoo IM address is the same as my Yahoo Email address)

Should I be concerned that I have spyware or a virus on my computer ? Does anyone know what this IM may be ?

Thanks for your replies. As a new member, I really respect the knowledge on this forum.


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18 Aug 2011   #2
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Quote:
a weird coded message
Something like possibly a Java script code?
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18 Aug 2011   #3
torre

Win 7, 32bit, Premium
 
 

The code was "fade ffffszv10cruh" with about 7 additional letters of the same type.
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18 Aug 2011   #4
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

wild guess .... do you have anything that is Samsung, such as a cell phone?
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18 Aug 2011   #5
torre

Win 7, 32bit, Premium
 
 

I have s Samsung DVD player for TV.
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18 Aug 2011   #6
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

The only thing 'remotely' found in Google is this page http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...www.google.com
If you're worried, change your Yahoo password, then clean your Java cache with either Ccleaner, or download TFC by Old Timer TFC - Temp File Cleaner by OldTimer - Geeks to Go Forums
and save it to your desktop.
Save any unsaved work. TFC will close ALL open programs including your browser!
Double-click on TFC.exe to run it. If you are using Vista/Windows 7 right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator.
Click the Start button to begin the cleaning process and let it run uninterrupted to completion.
Important! If TFC prompts you to reboot, please do so immediately. If not prompted, manually reboot the machine anyway to ensure a complete clean.

You can also Run a Malwarebyte's Anti-malware scan.
download (free) Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware to your desktop
Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.51.1.1800 Free - Thoroughly detect and remove even the most advanced malware - Softpedia
* Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
* At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
* If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
* Once the program has loaded, select Perform full scan, then click Scan.
* When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
* Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.

BTW ... what version of Java do you have running right now? Look in Programs and Features.
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18 Aug 2011   #7
torre

Win 7, 32bit, Premium
 
 

Thanks very much for your help and concern, Jacee. This forum is great !

I did a complete reinstall of Win 7 about 2-3 weeks ago and did not yet download Java. Seem to not need it and from what I have read it can be a security vulnerability ?
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18 Aug 2011   #8
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I have been javaless for about 2yrs, and the only website that I would like to use, but can't because of no java, is Secunia. Java is a security weakness, and if you don't need it for your browsing needs, then why install it? The only way you'll know if you need it, is to run without it for a while.
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