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Merry Christmas, I get an email last night promising me I’d be making within 45 days $3500 to $5500 monthly. All I need to do is exactly as the email says. And I’ll know exactly what I’m getting into with no pre-enrollment stage fee. Signed, some guy named Robert Chin. Hey, I might be one of the lucky 200 people able to participate in this program after they ask me some private confidential information like how much the family household income is, how many children we have, what are social security numbers are, right on down to how much hair I have on my pinky toe. [click to enlarge]
So lets take a look at this first snapshot which starts off the email under Outlook Express:
Coming to the end of 2005 we’ve observed many folks get infected. Tony Klein has written the de facto answer to the question:
So how did I get infected in the first place?
Bullet number 1: Watch what you download!
“Many freeware programs, and P2P programs like Grokster, Imesh, Kazaa and others are amongst the most notorious, come with an enormous amount of bundled spyware that will eat system resources, slow down your system, clash with other installed software, or just plain crash your browser or even Windows itself. If you insist on using a P2P program, please read This Article written by Mike Healan of Spywareinfo.com fame. It is an updated and comprehensive article that gives in-depth detail about which P2P programs are “safe” to use.”
Bullet number 2: “2.) Go to IE > Tools > Windows Update > Product Updates, and install ALL High-Priority Security Updates listed. If you’re running Windows XP, that of course includes the Service Pack 2! If you suspect your computer is infected with Malware of any type, we advise you to not install SP2 if you don’t already have it. You can post a HijackThis log on our Forums to get free Expert help cleaning your machine. Once you are sure you have a clean system, it is highly recommended to install SP2 to help prevent against future infections.
It’s important to always keep current with the latest security fixes from Microsoft. Install those patches for Internet Explorer, and make sure your installation of Java VM is up-to-date. There are some well known security bugs with Microsoft Java VM which are exploited regularly by browser hijackers. ”
This is just a teaser. For the full text, visit So how did I get infected in the first place?. Also be sure to check out our own Malware Removal and Prevention procedure. Learn how to distance yourself from malware.
We’ve all read about the lawsuit 180Solutions/Zango has filed against Zone Labs by calling its software out on the mat as malware. But did you know that 180Solutions, that same company who makes Zango, has created a distribution system where they deliver the ‘best amizing racist videos on the web’? The advertisement says simply to “Download Zango and enjoy FREE unlimited access to amizing racist videos”.
For details and snapshots, visit here. It includes more information about one of Zango’s distribution partners which even publicly displays who has visited the site by showing unique visitor statistics. 180 Solutions… put a foot in it.