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Windows 7: "Fireball" Virus?

28 May 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with SP1

I am interested to know what company's virus protection was on the machines that experienced the "Fireball" attack. For example, on mine, I have Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 and for as long as I have had it, it has only caught 4 keylogger attacks. Norton is popular on the market too...I would be shocked if any of these products mentioned wouldn't catch a nasty virus such as the Fireball.

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29 May 2010   #12
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10

I couldn't tell you codyw

I do know that recently at school we had a worm/virus spreading via the FD's and they run McAfee, like I do. Even though I kept seeing "slightly suspicious behavior", scans with McAfee revealed nothing (I opted for it when I got the PC since it came with it anyway and was less of a resource hog then Norton).

I finally d/l ed and installed Microsoft Security Essentials despite warnings about running multiple AV's. It caught the worm & the virus, something McAfee didn't.

MSE runs quite well in the background & uses very few resources, I haven't seen any degradation if performance since I started running it.

I did want to add to Corrine's comment, it could be what you are saying. AV companies all have different names for the same virus.

Happy Memorial day all...Go your way in safety.
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30 May 2010   #13


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
Cannot remove trojan (Crypt.vub) from system - Malwarebytes Forum

It could relate to a microjoin exploit which drops just about everything except the kitchen sink.

These exploits can change what they drop/download on a daily basis and one sample I ran actually downloaded three different rogue AV's one day plus many other exploits and keeps the cpu at 100% the entire time it's running, or at least that's what I've seen when running in a VM.

8b5aad.exe is well known now but not many were hitting it when first found.
Virustotal. MD5: c277574f5b78252874496b61c276cef1 Packed.Mystic!gen4 FakeAlert-WwSec.d Packed:W32/MysticCompressor.gen!A
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31 May 2010   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with SP1

I used McAfee through my internet provider on my Win7 machine and it let 2 trojans in without my knowledge. It never even told me they were on my system until I did a "Custom Scan". The other thing I didn't like is, when it found them, it never sent a report to McAfee to let them know of its findings. Most virus programs should do that when a suspicious file(s) are found. I tried to manually send them to McAfee from the SecurityCenter but it said that they were too big in size. I use Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 now and it "seems" to be working like it should. The most it has caught was 4 keyloggers. I think I have become more of a Kaspersky fan than a McAfee fan!
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01 Jun 2010   #15
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10

Yeah Cody, I'm wishing I would have opted for Norton, although from what I've read, that's only marginally better.

I had the same thing, I tried to report some suspicious files and McAfee said there was a problem & try again later...for 4 days in a row.

Why in the world would you have to do a "Custom Scan" to detect suspicious files? Isn't the idea of a AV running in the background supposed to be to catch a file like that in ANY mode?

I really don't trust McAfee anymore, not that I did before, but in light of what happened in the past, I trust it even less now. When MSE caught the worm & the virus, I sent a letter to McAfee asking them why their software wasn't catching a virus & worm that has been out for 4 months. I never did hear anything back.

I am glad that MSE is running on my sys.
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01 Jun 2010   #16
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10

Thank you for the input everyone, researching it farther based on the input, I think that Whistler is probably the culprit.

Great, another thing to watch out for.
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01 Jun 2010   #17


virus maximum capability only reach within the software. It's hard to believe if there's any virus that can destroy your hardware which will then make AV's useless :)
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01 Jun 2010   #18
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10

well kucing13, if it's out there, wouldn't be a shock to me, nothing surprises me anymore...crazy world ain't it?
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01 Jun 2010   #19


indeed and who makes it that way. crazy people of course
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01 Jun 2010   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

i doubt theres virus that can fry ur cpu. even at stock ghz and voltages chips can easily clock higher as in what happens when u overclock. so a virus that makes cpu 100% although its gonna make a os near inoperable its not gonna fry the cpu.
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