trojan alert!

I came across the trojan "av security suite" on  your website about a week ago.  all you have to do to get the trojan is click on the "hacks" category.  it took me 4 hours to fix<< peace, e

Topic by fruitrag 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Government Trojans !!!

What do you all think of this practice ? Coming soon to a pc near you....government trojans.A government Trojan is spyware installed on a computer or network by a law enforcement agency for the purpose of capturing information relevant to a criminal investigation. Depending on the program, government Trojan horses may intercept email or VoIP traffic, scan hard drives for relevant digital media or even record conversations and videoconferences. As this type of software captures data and then sends it back to a central server for processing and analysis without a user's knowledge, it is generally classified as a back door Trojan horse virus. Governments have approached implementing Trojan horses in different ways. Swiss government agencies have been reported to be working with Internet service providers (ISPs) to record speech on an infected PC's microphone, as opposed to of intercepting encrypted voice packets. German agencies have sought authority to plant Trojan horses on the hard drives of suspected criminals using email that would install keyloggers, record webcams and microphones and scan infected hard drives for for documents, diagrams and photography. These email messages would be tailored to each unique target, similar to the method used in spear phishing attacks.More about Government Trojans.

Topic by Goodhart 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Virus and trojan on this site

Two days ago I got a virus on this site. BEWARE USING THIS SITE UNTIL THEY CLEAN IT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!

Topic by Judith756 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Virus/trojan infections on site

There have been a lot of trojans popping up from this site over the past week.  I suspect it may be coming in through the ads, like it did at least once before.  I can visit a page on the site (never the same one, so it's inconsistent) and it will redirect to a bogus page warning of an infection.  Yesterday, after this happened, I had a fake malware removal program on my computer that was masking for a trojan.  Malwarebytes was able to remove it.  The same thing has happened a few other times on this site, but thankfully no more infections have gotten through.  It's only been happening to me on the Instructables site.  Between this and the flood of collections, I'm about ready to quit the site entirely.

Topic by webman3802 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Why does INSTRUCTABLES keep having problems with VIRUSES????

Once again i am having problems with INSTRUCTABLES being plagued with some kind of viruses or trojans.  When googling instructables, it is listed as a dangerous site that may have viruses.  The last time, it was problems with some pop up advertising that grabbed control or browser and said, "you have a virus."  Why is it the administrators keep allowing this to happen?  I am starting to think this is not a good website to go to.   My web-browser just threw me OFF of the internet because it said, "to protect my computer from malware at this site." 

Question by framistan 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Is there any Roman or Trojan knex weapons on this site?

i been searching for any weapons and i dont NOTHING if u know any wep out there tell me.

Question by starwarsjedi76 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Trojan horse for macs in the wild

Uhoh.A trojan horse for MACS has been spotted: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/06/23/mac_trojan/It can take screenshots, log keystrokes, or (and here's the scariest bit) take pictures of you while on your computer through the built-in camera. Yikes!Be careful, all you apple users! You have a security concern to worry about ("a" trojan to worry about. As opposed to windows users...) ! Stay off Limewire and iChat. Lock your ports at night, and don't chat with strangers!

Topic by Lithium Rain 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Does anyone know a good trojan horse and worm removal tool? Answered

Question by lukethebook333 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


fake "trojan" shutdown virus

Ok, this may be a completely noob question but i'm bored at college and thought this would be funny.  is there any way to have this open a website before it shuts down and displays it until the countdown has expired?

Question by bouter11 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Gad there are other hackers out there

Glad to know that there are other fellow hackers out there! Check out my hackers association: Microsoft Toll Booth!

Topic by MODX 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Trojan found....cant delete..wtf?

Renos.y is the name of the trojan that my AV software picked up (trend micro antivirus), but it's unable to delete the Trojan and I can’t open the drive D, E, F. so what do i do now? Maybe I should reinstall my computer and restore the data with EASEUS data recovery wizard or other data recovery programs.

Topic by chris878758 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


HELP! How do I get rid of a Virus?!?!? Answered

Question by Kaiven 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Virus Scan scam on instrucables!

For the past week or so, after clicking an instrucable or step within one, I am sometimes re-directed to one of those sites that claim you have a virus and should do their free scan.  It's getting really annoying as you can't easily leave these sites.  Has someone hacked the site? Update: On 12/31/09 my security software deleted a trojan after once again being re-directed to the Virus Scan site.

Topic by scooterkid92 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Malware - netstat

Quick one:Check what your Windows machine is connected to with netstatRun a command (cmd) prompt and type "netstat /?" for the options.Then run netstat with your choice of option(s)Pleased to find nothing causing me concern on mine (i.e. no Russian mail-servers...)(Idea from an article in PCF)L

Topic by lemonie 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Virus Problem **Updated Topic - 1/12/2010**

This is the official forum post for the virus problems some users are experiencing with our ad networks.  From now on please post all virus reports here. One or more of the ad networks that serve advertisements on the site has been loading ads that are infected with a virus.  We have been monitoring the situation for almost two weeks now, working with users to identify the infected networks, and then shutting them down from our ad rotation. Despite our best efforts, the Instructables Staff has not been able to reproduce the problem locally, either because the viruses are appearing in only certain geographic areas, or because we work on Macs.  As a result, we've been relying on users to help us identify the problem and target the infected ad networks.  Please understand that we are not serving these ads intentionally, nor is there a virus on Instructables directly, or our servers, and that we are doing everything possible to shut down the suspected ad networks that are causing this problem.  Here's what we know so far The virus appears to be what Microsoft calls a Rogue Antivirus.  It basically tricks users into thinking that their computer is infected with a virus, when their machines are in fact just fine.  A fake virus scan window alerts users that their computer is infected.  Once alerted with this news, users are misleadingly encouraged to install malicious software on their machine.  The alerts seem to pop up after users are redirected away from Instructables, sometimes immediately after loading a page on the site, or in some reports, just from users dragging their mouse over the ad spot.  The problem appears to have only effected a very small percentage of our users, as hundreds of thousands of people visit the site each day and only a few dozen reports have come in over the last two weeks. What to do Don't click on any links that instruct you to install software onto your machine.  Update the definitions for your virus program and install the latest updates for your operating system.  If you should experience any of these redirects or virus screens, please read the section below about how you can help us, and post your information to this forum topic. How you can help If you see a pop-up warning you that you are infected, or if you are redirected away from Instructables and onto another page that triggers a virus alert, take a screen shot (command + shift + 3 in mac; print screen button in windows) close the page down, and then come to this forum topic and post as much as you can describing what you were doing before the problem happened, what happened when the virus attacked, and what you did to fix the problem. Please include the following details with your post if possible - the following information is necessary for us to identify which ad network the virus is coming from: any ads serving on the page that you remember description of malware the URL of the page on Instructables you were viewing direct URLs of malware screenshots city, state and or country you are located in what operating system and browser you are using If you have Firebug installed, you can use it to inspect the problem pages and gather even more information which you can post to this topic. Previous forum topics about this problem include "Ad-Problem",  "Virus on Instructables" and "instant start virus alter programme".  While these forum topics are still useful in identifying the problem, we need to congregate all new reports here with the bulleted information above so we can gather the necessary facts to pass along to the ad networks to start attacking this problem as aggressively as we can. I've aggregated offline screen shots, emails, and other useful comments below that contain useful clues to get the ball rolling. Please accept our deepest apologies for this unacceptable frustration and continue to work with us so we can completely eliminate this virus problem our ad networks. ****1/12/2010 Update**** There's reason to believe that the virus could have infected your browsers cache, and thus be re-infecting your computer from there.  As per the instructions given in the New York Times Article "What to do if you saw an antivirus pop up ad" please follow the steps below before posting any new virus reports on this forum thread so we can be sure that your computer is not repeatedly infecting itself regardless of the state of the site. 1) Close the screen 2) Clear your browsers cache (directions here) 3) Scan computer with a legitimate anti virus software 4) Run any and all updates to your operating system If you are then still seeing warning messages and pop ups about the malware, then please do let us know so we can continue to track and fight this problem. We've shut down all of our ad networks that aren't absolutely essential to the running of the site and are working with the last two remaining networks to troubleshoot this problem.  All data shows that the ad networks are responsible for the virus attacks that many sites have been experiencing around the web recently (this is not just a problem on Instructables ), and we've got to take the fight to them to effectively stop the attacks.

Topic by noahw 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


some instructable pages pointing to trojan websites ?

 I am browsing with Safari and am lately getting warnings from its "phishing detector" on instructables.com web pages (not all, some), for example: https://www.instructables.com/id/Structured-Light-3D-Scanning/step6/Capture-and-Decoding/ results in a Safari dialog (not every time, so somebody is trying to be clever):  "The website you are visiting appears to contain malware. .... For details visit the Google Safe Browsing diagnostic page for statsistats.com" which, when we follow the link to google, gives: " Safe Browsing Diagnostic page for statsistats.com   What is the current listing status for statsistats.com? Site is listed as suspicious - visiting this web site may harm your computer.   Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 1 time(s) over the past 90 days.   What happened when Google visited this site? Of the 17 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 0 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2009-12-31, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2009-12-31. Malicious software includes 24 trojan(s).   This site was hosted on 1 network(s) including AS34305 (EUROACCESS).   Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware? Over the past 90 days, statsistats.com did not appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites.   Has this site hosted malware? Yes, this site has hosted malicious software over the past 90 days. It infected 21 domain(s), including telugulife.com/, telugucinemastills.com/, junkupload.com/.   How did this happen? In some cases, third parties can add malicious code to legitimate sites, which would cause us to show the warning message. " Could all be  a false alarm, just wondering since I have been getting several of these lately on instructables.com

Topic by robert2008 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


EMERGENCY!!!!!!!! :(

I have 4 different trojan horses on my computer, I am posting this through a strict firewall exception for Internet Explorer.*Pauses to deny Internet access to another mutating Trojan*Someone help me out here? How do I get rid of them? One of them spits out thousands of duplicates of itself if you try to kill it. HELP!!!!!!

Topic by Berkin 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


virus?

Https://www.instructables.com/id/Build_an_Easy_5_x_5_Home_Greenhouse_for_under_25/I clicked on this page and my antivirus deleted the trojan virus 'actns/Swif.T' think it's embedded in that page.

Topic by bad_kitty666 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Malicious software includes 44 trojan(s), 27 scripting exploit(s), 1 exploit(s).

Thought you might want to know what I and Chrome found.https://www.instructables.com/id/Building-your-own-Earth-Box/http://safebrowsing.clients.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=http://creatives.more-banners.com/dv/728090001.gif&client;=googlechrome&hl;=en-US

Topic by rorotofu 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


My Computer is really messed up, with spyware and such! Please help!

My computer has a Trojan on it, and a lot of other spyware.Does anybody know any programs you can download to actually remove the threats?I tried Spyware Doctor, didn't work.It only scans.I need it badly, I actually have 2 Trojans...Please help, thanks!

Topic by GorillazMiko 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


What do you know about the Mebroot trojan, also known as Sinowal?

I did a clean Windows install on a brand new hard disk for a friend. But when transferring her files over, we discovered she had Mebroot on her old hard disk and thumb drives. AVG antivirus did not detest it at all! Symantec does detect it, but cannot remove it. After doing some searching, this is what I've found. It's a boot sector trojan that apparently takes an expert to remove?? 80% of antivirus software does not even detect it? It allows a backdoor into your computer which can steal any information, including your online banking information, and no antivirus program can remove it or protect against it?? Even a reformatting of the hard disk (or thumb drive) does not remove it??!

Question by klee27x 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Results2Google (Results to Google)? Answered

I expect if you know the solution I don't really need to explain, but anyway: When I use the Google search engine, on "Web" mode, 9/10 times I will be redirected when I click a link. The URL of the site reads "Results2Google" and I will end up in some random search engine, like Search Pro. It is beginning to get very annoying, but here's the thing: AVG Antivirus found nothing Avira Antivirus found noting Windows defender found nothing Google Chrome found nothing So what do I do? As you can probably see, I use google chrome.  Thanks!

Question by Lowney 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


6volt battery for my 1999 clubcar it is is 36volt.

Hello,I wanted to know can i use any 6volt battery for my 1999 clubcar it is is 36volt. is there any good one's beside that trojan batteries i have in them,my money is thight,thanks ?

Question by codman817 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Unwanted pop-ups and downloads

Last December 24, 2009, I clicked a link in the Instructables newletter.  An alert message box popped up that my computer had malware on it and needed an immediate check for viruses.  It offered a free scan of my computer.  I clicked OK, the scan detected trojans, and offered to sell me trojan removal software, which I declined to purchase.   I spent a lot of time and effort running scans downloading malware removal programs, uninstalling/reinstalling my security program and finally got the trojans removed.  I also learned about pop-ups that install the malware on pc's when the pop-up is clicked on. I decided to unsubscibe from the Instructables newsletter, but later relented unwilling to put the blame for the trojans on Instructables. Two days ago, I was copying a recipe from Instructables website.  When I clicked on Step 7, a pop-up message from the website appeared that my computer had signs of malware and offered to do a free scan.  Being now cautious,  I ran a scan from my securtiy that dectected no malware.  I clicked "Cancel" on the pop-up to get rid of the message, then did another scan with Malwarebytes.  Bam! Infected!  I got the security disablers off my computer and then unsubscribed from Instructables newsletter. During the time I was on Instructables website, websites came up without me clicking (while I was trying to copy the recipe.  Maybe my cursor randomly passed over an ad, then it came up.  I'm thinking the pop-up message came up the same way.  I read on McAfee SiteAdvisor comments that this happened to others:  a malicious download. Instructables could examine the ads submitted and the instructions submitted for malware.  Why aren't they doing that?  Why is Instructables website dangerous for malicious downloads?

Topic by lightellen 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Fantisyworld.com/...

Every time I google something, or yahoo something, (For example, Instructables, which I did) it redirects me to fantasyworld.com or something like, then when I click backspace, my ant-virus thing kicks in and tells me that the website will give me virus and trojans and what not, and gives me the option to leave the site. Has this been happening to anyone else?

Topic by Rock Soldier 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Virus alert: trojan.pidief.f

While viewing the instructable "Wall Clip-Hang Video controllers on Walls" I received a virus alert for trojan.pidief.f .  Evidently it was trying to change something in acrobat reader or was from the adobe file I was viewing.  My virus software caught and eliminated the virus but I thought others should be aware of the risk.  This is some information I found on this virus. Trojan.Pidief.F is a trojan the exploits the Adobe Acrobat and Reader Collab 'getIcon()'

Topic by runner1 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Please help me!

Recently, my firewall on my laptop was somehow removed and about 26 malicious files viruses, 5 different trojans and some other things I can't identify got installed, how do I remove them? my service is not registered and when I go to search for the file and delete it (I search my entire pc) it can't find it! HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!

Topic by Pumpkin$ 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


how do i stop my computer from going to the website (trojan horse virus remover dot com). ? Answered

Do not go to that website.. i think it gives you false warning alerts and then asks to load a program that "cleans" your computer.  my mcafees stopped the download. but i even used my system recovery disk and reloaded everything and it still jumps to the trojanhorse remover website! what can i do to stop it...

Question by framistan 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Google Jump/Re-direct &quot;Virus&quot; Help!!

Has anyone else had issues the last few days, with an Adware/Trojan which re-directs links and addresses? I have delt with them before yet this one seems particularly nasty. Not only does it re-direct every link in all search engines to random sites it also blocks many if not all sites associated with adware removal tools/tech support etc. Example: HJ this is not attainable to send techs logs. I can't get to my email because hotmail.com wont open. It begun as just a simple re-direct script but it seems the sites which I have been re-directed to are flooding my comp with ad-ware/fake virus removal tools/security warnings. One of the spawning virus's has managed to remove my "task bar" and "My computer" from the desktop. My comp is just spawning trojans and adware at the moment, every time I do a full scan there is atleast 40 more spawned by the time it is finished (15min). At the moment the only thing I have is Super Anti Spyware, which the guys there are obvious on this as their 15min updates seem to be catching the new creations... But I'm fighting a loosing battle here... I know it is probably beyond most here to help me, yet I was more interested to see if any one else has been affected, as the site that I can get to for tech assistant is flooded out with... "Another Google re-direct Virus Help!" in their forums... Google has to be PO'd about this one.

Topic by Lftndbt 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


I got another question.

Guys..i got another question. I'm interested in this one project. Here's the link (http://www.tuvie.com/portable-parabolic-cooker-collects-solar-energy-to-cook-your-food/comment-page-1/#comment-19374) It heat up oil using the solar and the oil is the one which produce heat to the coil which will be use for cooking. My question is do you guys have any idea what oil is being used? I'm trying to find out about the oil because that solar cooker is much more easier than what I'm planning to built. That's the only problem about the solar cooker, I don't know what type of oil is used.

Topic by trojanator 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Can I take 20+, 12V DC Pre Wired 5mm LED Lamp's, put them in my garden lights and use a 12v car battery to power them?

I have a question, can I take 12V DC white Pre Wired 5mm LED Lamp and put them in my garden light housings, and run 20 of them in a row using the same wiring I have in the ground already? (the low voltage system uses 20, 4 watt bulbs rite now,) I would like to remove the transformer and run the LED's using my battery back ( 10, trojan T-105's, 12v setup) I have for my solar panel system. Thanks.

Question by wd46 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


how can i remove this virus?

Ok. so i have a virus on my computer, and i do not know how it got there. i did not install anything (or didnt know i did) and it is here. it is called Live Security Platinum.  my warranty may already be voided due to me upgrading to 8gb RAM, and so im probably screwed unless i get rid of it. it will not allow me to run microsoft security essentials, Norton, or even task manager.  i really like my computer and would actually cry if it died. so please help. if you have any ideas, then comment. (ps: it is spyware) EDIT: i have gotten rid of live security platinum, but now i have a rootkit and a Trojan... :( so how can i reinstall windows? also, i dont have a windows disk... LOL just typical i have to get 3 viruses on Friday the 13th...  -_-

Topic by Fred the evil puppet 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Microsoft Office for Linux

I heard last week that Microsoft will be porting their popular Office suite to Linux this year. As an avid Linux user, and a firm believer in the free software movement, I must say that this has a certain odor to it. Do we honestly think that a company that has used phrases like "a cancer that infects everything it touches," to describe Linux will just start waving the olive branch and cater to the "cancer" as a valued customer? This peace offering calls to mind a certain wooden horse I think we all know. "either the Greeks are hiding, shut inside those beams, or the horse is a battle-engine, geared to breach our walls, spy on our homes, come down on our city, overwhelm us- or some other deception's lurking deep inside it. Trojans, never trust that horse. Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks, especially bearing gifts." One thing is for sure, considering how Microsoft constantly violates the privacy of their customers, rest assured that this horse WILL spy on our homes.

Topic by romanyacik 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Wireless Battery Management System? I'm looking for a device to transmit the voltage of each individual battery?

I'm converting my 68 VW Bug to an EV. I'm using twelve Trojan 1275 12v batteries for a total system voltage of 144 volts. I'm looking for a wireless device that can transmit the voltage of each battery to an onboard laptop. I would of course use 12 of them so I can manage each battery. I'll then write an app to display an integrated volt meter on the laptop. I'm designing the Bug to have plenty of get-up and go but the trade off of course is lower range. I want to be able to monitor my usage to eek out the greatest possible range while monitoring my overall usage. In addition by monitoring each battery I can isolate and identify poorly performing batteries. I saw such a device advertised on the homepage of Instructables a couple of months ago. I wasn't thinking ahead and didn't take sufficient note of what I saw.

Question by kcrichar 10 years ago


Legitimate botnet (zombie) farming?

If this doesn't exist yet, I have no doubt whatsoever that it's not far away. Is there a company doing legitimate zombie farming? ie, a cloud of computers running a local server which process data from a centralised distributor? People do it illegally, selling processing power from trojan infected machines, but is anyone doing it as a legal business? Imagine you could download a small application which sits in memory and draws off a certain percentage of your CPUs runtime, depending on the machine's usage. This processing power would form part of a cloud sourced supercomputer, with runtime sold to whoever. And say you were paid maybe a couple of dollars per 24 hours of processing, depending on CPU speed. Leaving a couple computers on 24 7 would add up to a not inconsiderable sum per month. You could salvage some old machines and leave them going in the basement. I've worked at animation studios, as an example, and for sure they would be keen to, rather than intermittently hire a room full of fast machines as a render farm, outsource it to a cloud. SETI did it. Like I say, if this isn't already being done, it will be soon.

Topic by SolarFlower_org 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Laptop problem: &quot;Appropriate permissions&quot;? (Edit: Gave up on DIY approach)

#1 son has done "something" to his laptop (Sony Vaio VGN-FE31Z).  No matter what software he tries to start directly, he gets the message: "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item." However, if he goes to "My Documents" and opens an existing document, the software opens fine, and if I type a link to a word document, then hit "Ctrl+click" the Safari browser starts up, but runs incredibly slowly. Is there a way I can fix this myself? There are no documents that need rescuing, but it would be nice if the software survived the fix. EDIT: Since the general consensus is that he's gone and infected it with something, I think I'll take the laptop to be flushed and started over.  Thanks everybody for the help, but no "best" this time. FURTHER EDIT: The tech that fixed the computer for me stopped counting at 400 viruses and 40 trojans.  It turned out that two pieces of anti-virus software were spending more time fighting each other than doing their actual job.  Whole system flushed, and Avast installed.

Question by Kiteman 7 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Anyone can help me?i need to know what material which conduct heat but insulate electricity?

Im making this hot plate..im using a 600w and 240v heating element..when i first switch it on..without any girdle or plate on top of the heating element, it was going smoothly..then as i attach the girdle or plate on top of the heating element..suddenly disaster strike..my workshop power supply was trip and i know something wrong with my hot plate or electrical cooker. I then started to trouble shoot what is the problem. Guess what, i made a mistake in buying a girdle. The girdle that i bought was an ordinary girdle use for people selling burger at the stall to cook the beef and patty. Obviously, that girdle was not made for electrical cooker. It is made for heat induction cooker which use fire to heat up the girdle from the bottom. Now in order to complete my cooker, I need help from all of you guys which is more expert in this matter. Are there any materials which I can use for making the hot plate?Material which can conduct heat but does not conduct electricity. If you guys have some idea, please do help me. Thank you for reading this and thank you in advance for those who help me out.

Question by trojanator 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Winning Pwn2Own Hacker: Macs Are Safer Than PCs

Well, its nice to see the that the winner has common sense on his side.I've grabbed various bits of this from Gizmodo, whom got it from Tom's Hardware."I'd say that Macs are less secure for the reasons we've discussed here (lack of anti-exploitation technologies) but are more safe because there simply isn't much malware out there. For now, I'd still recommend Macs for typical users as the odds of something targeting them are so low that they might go years without seeing any malware, even though if an attacker cared to target them it would be easier for them."Be sure to read the Article before you start flaming.It mirrors what me and goodhart were saying before,A computers security is based entirely on the user.I used windows for over 2 years, with no anti-virus, no anti-spyware. Just a good firewall, and my common sense.My first rule of computing common sense is, only download pictures, music, and movies.If your going to get some illegal software get it from someone else whom has used the install files, and knows they work!Also, do not trust ll.13 when he links to your a serial website without informing you that most of them are Trojans.

Topic by gmjhowe 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


USB drive virus? Do I have it? What should I do?

So a time ago I got an worm on a laptop, when I looked up this worms spesifications on microsofts.com, it said that it automaticly copies itself to external drives connected with USB, through autorun. (I also got a couple of trojans etc). And I used an external harddrive, a memory card in a usb slot and an ipod 5g, before I discovered it. I freaked out of the viruses and reinstalled and formated the computer. Recently I have also scanned all three computers that could get infected, with MBAM and combofix (someone checked my logs) and all three computers were clean. ps. MSE and MBAM didn't fing anything on the drives, when scanning through them. my questions: -how can the worm not have spread itself to them? (is that even possbile?) -lets say that I have that worm on a drive, will it spread itself if I turn off autorun, plug in the drive and drag one file at the time over to for example dropbox and then format the drives? -can I be completely sure it isn't a virus there, the AV's didn't find anyting..... If you have any better ways to check it or something like that please let me know. because I cant reformat and all that jazz with the ipod 5g.  ps. here (see pictures) is one way I tried to check if there was any viruses there, although I don't know if it works (?)  (the drives in the pictues are an external harddrive and an ipod 5g)

Topic by kjelll 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Computer question?--Solved--

I was cleaning up my computer the other day. In My Programs there was a folder called Common Files. When I opened it it had a lot of the same things under my programs and was very big in size. should I delete it? I don't want to hurt any programs that may rely on it. Another question, when I start up my computer it takes forever! (about 20 min.) but thats if I don't go into the process tab and end a few things. I know Doscan.exe hogs up a lot and I've been through the msconfig stuff. Yahoo messenger always starts up even though I have it un-checked for startup. I had some really bad trojans a while back and never reformatted. I took the offensive and got rid of them but I think they left a lot of "leftovers" in the registry and system folders. I also think thats whats making the startup slow. All of those viruses trying to launch but cant because their main files arent there. Of course once its up its speedy it sometimes takes a while to load things but once they're up they work flawlessly. Anybody know how to help? Please? --I guess my problem was not having enough RAM. And last night one of my friends gave me a gig and a new video card. Now it runs a whole lot better and the start up only takes about a tenth of the time it used to. Thanks to everyone who gave me some tips on what to do! Thanks, Rockerx

Topic by Rockerx 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Can anybody tell me how to (further) check my VAWT charge controller for malfunctioning?

I have installed a Flexcharge NC25A-12 Charge Controller and an SE440 regulator in line between my VAWT turbine and its rectifier and the 1000 amp inverter. The turbine and controls charge four Trojan 105, six volt, batteries which are hooked in series parallel (two each in parallel, the parallels hooked in series). The turbine is a heavily modified Lenz-2 (vertical axis, three blades with spring-loaded furling & angle of attack control). It generates 108 to 140 Watts (nine amps at twelve volts to ten amps at fourteen volts) at wind speeds of fifteen to twenty five miles per hour. Nevertheless, I'm not able to charge the batteries. I think the Flexcharge charge controller is stuck, that inasmuch as the controller’s "Multi Function Indicator" function does show when batteries are low, when voltage from the system is low, and when charging is occurring (flashing and steady green light), but has never shown "divert" (to a heat sink). More, I have never been able to get the batteries to hold anything close to their individual 225-250 amp-hour rating. It's beginning to look like the batteries, purchased new originally, have sulfated on account of the charge controller panel not working. I note in using my multimeters that the cable at the heat sink indicates 2.85 volts, even when the batteries are down to 11.9 volts, and when the charge controller is not indicating "divert." When, moreover, an external battery charger (the automotive kind) is hooked in line and in lieu of the wind turbine and rectifier (these being disconnected from the controller, regulator, batteries, and dump load), the batteries indicate full charge on both hand-held multimeters and turbine system voltmeter and ammeter, but the charge controller does not indicate “divert” to the dump load heaters. Any ideas will be much appreciated. Thanks!

Question by taiosan 7 years ago


How to Remove the "Security Suite" Virus and other Preventive Measures

     Well, I just recovered from the "Security Suite" Virus. It's a trojan-style virus that infects your computer, claims that everything is infected, and leads you to a legitimate-looking website. It doesn't allow any programs to run except itself and won't allow you to access any websites except it's fraudulent own. I feel incredibly lucky that whoever designed this virus sucks, and it's comparatively easy to get rid of. Here's what I did. First, if your computer is infected, turn it off and on again. Then when you're booting it up , hit F8 repeataly, so you enter a boot menu. From there, select "Enter Safe Mode with Networking". It will look all Windows 95-ey, but that's what it's supposed to do. From there, open Internet Explorer (I know, but we all have to make sacrifices for the cause...) and go to the Tools menu. From there, go to the bottom and hit "Internet Options...". Then, go to the connections tab, "LAN Settings" and uncheck the proxy server box. Then, you'll want to install CCleaner to get rid of the virus. Installation is simple, and then select "Run Cleaner" in-program. You'll also want to install RKill, to get rid of the other spyware associated with the virus. After that, install MalwareBytes Anti-Malware, to add another layer of protection.  Another method to do all of this with is burning CCleaner onto a CD with another computer and running it from there, but the internet worked fine for me. Another great product (These are all free) is ZoneAlarm firewall. It's a pretty good firewall, and asks you wether to allow or deny each item, which I wish I had installed, so I could've avoided this entirely. If you have ZoneAlarm, a heads up, the program that you shouldn't allow internet access (causes the virus) is completely random letters starting with an "r". And right now, I'm thinking, why isn't this an instructable? Lack of original pictures mostly. Thanks for reading, I hope I helped someone(s)!

Topic by Wasagi 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Advice needed - DIY off-grid solar electrics DC charging via AC from generator

Hi all, new to this forum... I'm looking for some advice regarding an off-grid electrics setup i'm running. Currently i have a PV solar panel charging a battery bank through a charge controller. It's a 12vdc system. For 240vac i use a small (500W) inverter. For larger loads i use a diesel generator. The inverter is basic but very high quality sine wave, it doesn't do any charging nor does it automatically switch the load between the AC of the generator and its own AC (i do this manually). In order to recharge my batteries when there isnt enough sun (which is often!), i use a simple AC powered charger that isnt specifically designed for off-grid/solar applications. In other words it is not "intelligent" and doesnt have bulk, float or equalization settings - it's just a DC charger that gives decreasing current as the voltage of the batteries rises. In fact it is very prone to overcharging if left charging for too long and will keep putting current into the batteries even after they've reached 15.5vdc or more. My question is this: is it a good idea to feed the DC charging current from my AC-fed charger into my solar charge controller in order to allow the charge controller to regulate and/or limit the charge as appropriate? I did this for a period of time and it seemed not to cause any problems. However, my AC charger did eventually blow its recrifying diodes although i'm not sure if this was due to a separate issue with the AC power coming from my generator which at the time was an old one and may not have been giving proper AC voltage (it may have been low due to engine speed problems). The solar charge controller is a PWM type. The way i had it set up was the DC from the solar panel and the DC from the charger in parallel to the charge controller. If there is no difference between the DC from the charger and the DC from the solar panel, i don't see how there could be any problem as it amounts to the same thing as having two 12v PV panels in parellel. However, what i dont know (due to insufficient technical knowledge) is whether rectified DC is any different to the DC from a solar panel. My setup is as follows: 1 x 200W 12vdc PV panel 60A tristar PWM solar charge controller 2 x 6vdc Trojan t105 batteries wired in series to give 12vdc Mastervolt 500w pure sine wave inverter (12vdc in, 240vAC out) SDMO 6kva diesel generator (240vAC) Wolf Max 50 battery charger (AC powered 40A DC charger)

Topic by RionZion 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Mac VS PC?

I'm posting this to share my experience and opinion of Mac's VS PC's. I welcome you to read and share your story. For many years I was a PC. I believed whole-heartedly that I needed Windows, and I needed Microsoft. Then I bought my last laptop. It wasn't cheap. I used it everyday for work and therefore it was important that it ran efficiently. Like many of you, I suffered from "blue screens" and on occasion a "crash". There were viruses and trojans and attacks from all places, you'd think I was engaged in war! Then the proverbial "last straw" occurred. I needed to upgrade into some new software, and I received a simple message that I needed to also upgrade the Windows Service Pack. Hmmm.... Seemed easy enough. (Been there. Done that.) So, off I went to download the SP (from a reputable source) and then "Success!"... I got a message that said "Successfully installed. Windows must restart to complete process". Hmmm... Ok... I pressed through the process to restart my machine and there it began.... The long and never ending cycle had started! My laptop shut down, started to boot and then upon seeing the (dare I say it?) Vista Start Up Screen, my laptop promptly repeated itself and began to reboot... o_0 ??? This went on for sometime... *anger growing*... NOTHING I did would stop this, or should I say NOTHING would START my laptop. It was forever entangled into a mysterious vortex of computer "Neverland". I was NOT impressed. I had to borrow another computer to do some research and found very little at the time to explain this conundrum. Then I tried Microsoft. I used their "so-called" online customer service department and was put in touch with someone who was younger than my oldest pair of shoes. He also couldn't speak English very well, so without being incredibly rude I requested another agent. Upon conversing with agent #2, I knew I was in trouble... (Was Agent #2 related to Agent #1???) ... o_0 ??? *shakes head* I will give credit to Agent #2. He was nice. He tried his hardest to suggest everything under the sun, but alas, we both concluded it was hopeless. The final bluescreen error number confirmed the toe tag on my machine. So I was left with having to reinstall the entire system and lose EVERYTHING on my laptop. *fuming mad now* Then it occurred to me that "Windon'ts" (as I affectionately call them now), opted not to provide me with necessary disks to reinstall their OS during my purchase. It seems that the cost of a CD has become so expensive for Microsoft that they are forced to leave it up to the consumer to fend for themselves. Clearly, they are suffering financially, No? When I rationalized this logic with Agent #2, he suggested that I purchase Windows 7 as it had just come out and was much better than Vista (No kidding.... *rolls eyes*). But why? Why prey-tell should I have to purchase anything? My laptop was only 14 months old (conveniently out of warranty) and may as well have been a pre-historic dinosaur as far as Agent #2 was concerned. So where did me and Agent #2 leave off? He suggested I "borrow" an installation disk from someone and reinstall windows vista and start over... *tics forming now...* He assured me that my "service call to Microsoft" would remain as "unsolved". (Oh btw, at this point we were regulars on the telephone). So my ONE LAST QUESTION to him was: "What assurance do I have, after reinstalling Vista and then the SP I need, that this problem won't just start again?" - His reply was, "Well, it shouldn't"... Straw officially broken. Now we come to my life with my new MacBook. Clearly much more expensive than a Windon'ts PC, but wait... Is it? Let's review. There are more "open-source apps" available to a Mac (meaning you get them for free), and in most cases I find they are the same if not better than the paid for MS version. The critical applications that I use everyday for work, installed fine and without issue. I also received "DISKS" from Apple. Apparently they can afford to give customers what they pay for.... Upon opening the box, I was running my new laptop within 5 minutes. Easy Peasy... The time alone that I save from all that aggravation is money in the bank. Do I miss anything? Yes, actually I do (or maybe I don't). What I miss out on are bluescreens, viruses, trojans, attacks, intrusions, crashes and all the other fun stuff I got to know and expect with a PC. So why tell all of you about this now? Well yesterday I noticed that the bottom of my MacBook had a slight bulge in the case. *Heart skipped a beat*. Then after some mild panic, with visions of my last ordeal swirling in my head, I went online in search of why, and found the answer within 5 minutes. Apparently this was something Apple became aware of and had a simple solution. Fill out a contact information form along with my serial number and I got a confirmation message. Not only would I receive an ENTIRELY NEW bottom to my MacBook, I would receive a full set of screws AND a screwdriver!!! All FREE OF CHARGE. NO SHIPPING FEES. COST ME NOTHING!!! *shocked* Now I was beaming. *ear to ear grin* I felt validated for my departure from PC. Then in some kind of absurd customer service universe, I received a knock at the door. My replacement parts had arrived!!! - Less than 24 hours later... *mouth gaping and eyes wide* So I thank you for reading this. I encourage you to share your opinions. If you don't know who I am. I am canucksgirl. I'm a Mac. Not a PC.

Topic by canucksgirl 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


I need some expert mac help!!

Okay, I got a bit of a story, and a bit of a question (Las Vegas, I know you can help me). I've been transfered to a new highschool (not that new to me, I've been to it before) and I've been there for about 3 weeks now. I was given a thinkpad R51 by the school board while I was out of school to use for school work and to take to school. That's all fine and dandy, but the restrictions on their disc image are unbelievable and it makes it next to useless to me other than a gigantic calculator with a shitty battery life. So I wiped it of course, repartitioned it with a 30 and 10 gig partition (respectivly both NTFS, the backup partition, the 10 gig one, is currently in fat32 as I forgot macs can't write to NTFS). So everything works fine, when I got transfered to the school, I asked the so-called "head" techy teacher person of my school for the wep key for the wireless network in my school so I can print my work out in class instead of waiting till I got home (teachers don't like that sometimes). Since I've been to school he's made up excuses like "I know I have the wep key wrote down somewhere, but I know it'll take me like an hour to find it so I can't right now - I've been told that on 4 different occasions on 4 different days. Funny thing is that both he and I know that their wireless isn't actually pure wep mode. It's a wpa enterprise mode of some sort with a required username/password combination to log into it (that's fine though, it'll still work if I have the password). Oh yeah I forgot how I took my ibook to school one day, then the next day (no not the day I was showing him my ibook) he tells me that the wireless will work on my ibook, but not the thinkpad, which, like every other fucking laptop in the school, is a model R51 type 1829 with the odd old R40 laying around. It's excuses after excuses, my mother wanted to call in and give them hell for leading me around but I told her no, I'm curious to see how dumb this teacher thinks I am (and so far I've been playing dumb). NOW he tells me that I need to now, re-image my thinkpad with their school disc image they use on their machines, which I don't have to agree to doing because the laptop didn't come from this school and so it's not theirs. There was absolutely no reason it would not work as I even used the exact same wifi drivers/software and even the same profile management software they use on theirs. Now, I'm almost done but let me explain the last bit of why I'm even posting this lenghty (and possibly waste of time) post. I recently re-reformated as somehow I contracted a nasty trojan downloader onto it, and it was due for a clean up anyways. Well wasn't that a rough ride, since the reinstall I've had to wrestle a video driver onto it, fiddle around with all the other drivers to get them installed, and I still can't get a wifi driver to install. Even if I force install one from the "manual" option when XP asks for drivers (yes XP does have generic Intel Wifi lan drivers for my card) and it wouldn't go, just gave me an error 10 code (device cannot startup). Okay, so the driver isn't compatible? Well Lenovo only has 3 different wifi driver packages for different wifi internal cards for my "one" model/type of laptop (the type "1829" is lenovo's numbering system basically for revisions, and when I went on their site for drivers, it askes me for this, model, and a specific 3 digit number on the bottom (order code I think). So why it can't just tell me the specific card in my revision (as I'm sure there's probably only one card for my revision) is beyond me. I downloaded all three, the first two were just small driver/utility packages (I think they were only 802b drivers too, at least one of them was). When I tried to install them, no luck, first appeared to install it, although the drivers never installed apparently. So I uninstalled what (still) there, and tried the second, same thing, except nothing installed, but it appeared to install. So I went on to the last one, it appeared to be succesful. Not, for some reason, windows could list me all the ap's around here, but couldn't connect to them, or mine, and I know I put the right key in. And when I tried to use Ibm's utilites to connect, it kept crashing, and it was even crashing the wireless zero config windows service thing every time I tried to power on the wifi or such. However I don't even care about windows right now at this particular time or fixing the drivers, for all I know there was a scratch on the install cd and it's botched (very unlikely as I know the install would halt and say it can't read) Now because my teacher has been literally screwing around with me (I'm not assuming here that he's lying to me and making excuses, I know he is because it's just too obvious, you guys tell me). Plan? Install mac os x on the thinkpad and ask him again if it'll work and if he says no, I will probably rip him a new asshole right there on the spot, seeing as he's told me multiple times it will work on my mac, but not the thinkpad, so if I have mac software on there, shouldn't be a problem (hehe). I really want to do this to get back at my teacher because he doesn't believe anything I tell him and he thinks he's pretty smart, just generally another guy with a too-big ego for one person to handle. I downloaded the iAtkos disc image as directed by instructions I found through google (yes, torrent, illegal, don't harp on me for it, jobs makes enough as it is with ipod sales). It's supposed to be pre-patched, and also supposed to include additional driver packages of some kind (that's a plus). And to boot, it's supposed to boot off the dvd (lawl) without any tricks (like usb drives and that smutz). It all seems pretty sweet, and it did boot when I popped it in, but It went to the mac loading screen (the white one with the grey spiny thing) and just sits there with absolutely no activity. I booted it with the -v/-s command(s) and this is what comes up when it stops loading and sits: "Extension "com.apple.driver.ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin" has immediate dependencies on both com.apple.kernel and com.apple.kpi components; use only one style." My understanding is that the plist file might be missing some components the driver is calling for, but the "use only one style" part doesn't make sense so I know it's something else. Although it didn't say, I presume the kernal was already patched as it was supposed to be a pure pop-in-and-go image. I was hoping to try installing the EFI patch after too if I can get it going in the first place. And yes, I did quite a bit of googleing before I came to here. I could find information on R40's with mac os x installed on them (or was it x40?, I know those are newer, the r40's are old) and other models inbetween but nothing on thinkpad. I don't even care if it's fast or works 100%, I just want to do it, I do also know that the atheros chipset in my wifi card is native compatible with tiger apparently and should show up as a standard airport card. I don't know if I'll be amazed or not when I post this finally and see how many pages long it is, but I do really need a hand, because this will be the final step before I go to the VP and tell him that this guy has been screwing around with me and blowing me off. I deserve and education dammit!

Topic by Punkguyta 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago