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    Starman12 Guest

    Default Vicious attack snuck through Zone Alarm

    Possibly, I didn't have my settings tight enough.
    Something downloaded, executed, and started eating.
    My last ZA update was 02/23/2010 @ 2:40 PM

    Any program I try to start, what appears to be a Windows Security Warning pops up saying: Application cannot be executed. The file diagnosticscapturetool.exe is infected. Do you want to activate your antivirus software now? Yes/No

    DUH!

    Same error come up with Ctrl-Alt-Del, (taskmgr.exe) is infected.
    It wouldn't even shut down, I had to Pull the plug.

    I restated in safe mode then ran ZA Diagnostics tool, turned everything on
    and rebooted.
    This is the nastyest thing I've seen in over 30 years.

    Do I want to get any info to the people @ ZoneAlarm, befor I do a system wipe and restore my last full backup?

    starman12 (the original StarMan, like from 30 years ago)
    Last edited by Starman12; February 26th, 2010 at 10:27 AM. Reason: forgot to sign it

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    Default Re: Vicious attack snuck through Zone Alarm

    Hi!
    please follow ALL the steps suggested here:
    http://forums.zonealarm.com/showthread.php?t=70448

    and please here below on how to improve your ZA setup:
    http://forums.zonealarm.com/showthread.php?t=72918

    Cheers,
    Fax
    Last edited by fax; February 26th, 2010 at 10:50 AM.

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    Starman12 Guest

    Default Re: Vicious attack snuck through Zone Alarm

    Thank you FAX,
    I've seen that kitty somewhere before.
    I already completed most of the directions from the threads.
    I just hope others don't take lightly, the threat of Viruses.
    (Backups either for that matter.)
    I believe I've isolated the virus, completed "fixes".
    I got all excited cause it almost made me fall out of my chair.
    Since Zone Alarm, I haven't seen any kind of problem related to virus etc.
    It's been years.
    I wondered if anybody wanted any info I found.
    I'll try to get "it" to Kaspersky.com


    Happy Trails!

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    Default Re: Vicious attack snuck through Zone Alarm

    There is common trend in the last couple of years of infections from fake/rouge antivirus/antimalware tools. Nothing new. These tools are changed daily to escape detection.

    To be protected, a) just ensure your system and software installed is FULLY uptodate. b) do not beleive any pop-up or window telling you are infected unless is ZA c) Do NOT install any executable d) just close the windows and ....dada... miracle.... no infection

    Cheers,
    Fax

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