‘Microsoft’ Anti-virus 2009 Virus still active

I have had two reports of the Microsoft Anti-Virus 2009 virus this week. This virus is a drive by download that pops up a window claiming there are lots of viruses on the computer and prompting you to CLICK and buy the “Microsoft” anti-virus to remove them. It is not Microsoft and it is not an anti-virus. It DOES take your credit card number and you do get charged, but the popup window will never stop popping up — it is a scam to steal credit cards.

Don’t click anything if you see this window: press ALT-F4 until you have closed everything. Clicking the X in the upper corner (which would normally close a window) of a virus popup window may not close the window, it may be all one graphic so clicking X does the same thing clicking anywhere else on the picture does — activate the virus.

Obviously if you see any request to approve installing anything, be grateful it got caught and refuse permission — DON’T CLICK OK! If you have installed the virus, the only reliable fix I have found is to save your data and reinstall everything from your system restore DVD.

Upgrading Linux

We use CentOS Linux for our desktops and servers. Today I am completing the conversion of our file server to CentOS because the disk drives needed to be upgraded. They have been in service for about two (2) years and are now completely full. They way I know this is that our end users started to complain that they could not connect to the server, and df -h showed me 0 space clear (happened overnight). So, I deleted one backup to free some space and ordered two 1.5 TB Seagates. The HDs came in yesterday (Monday) and I installed CentOS 5.2xx. Readmore..

Virus Costs Computer Owners

The twitter.com web company has begun suspending accounts belonging to people whose computers are infected with ‘Koobface’ virus. The virus posts messages using the infected person’s accounts on social networking web sites, such as FaceBook.com, MySpace.com, and Twitter.com. The viral messages contain links, which when clicked spread the virus to the clicking party’s computer. Readmore..