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  • Photobucket Virus

    When I went to access photos I have on Photobucket, I "caught" a virus. I wanted to edit the photos and as soon as I opened the first one, I got a message saying that I have received a virus. The virus deleted my desktop background and changed it to a grey. Then I immediately got a popup ad for a software package that would "fix" the virus if I purchased it for $49.95. I closed the ad and got out of photobucket and ran my Anti-Malware and Spybot programs and they detected and eliminated five “problems”. All the time they were running I keep getting notices that I had a virus and needed to order the software to “eliminate” it.

    After a restart of the computer, I was able to rest the desktop background that had be changed. Since I had gotten the virus from Photobucket, I wanted to go into the Photobucket site and delete the pictures that were infected. Now, I can not access the Photobucket site because I get the following error message:

    Restricted Site!
    ________________________________________
    This web site is restricted based on your security preferences.
    ________________________________________
    Your system is infected. Please activate your antivirus software.

    There is nothing in my security software to change to re-access the Photbucket site. Any one have any suggestions on what to do?


    SIDE BAR
    I’m having suspicions about this site:

    The Home Shop Machinist & Machinist's Workshop BBS

    This is the only site on which I posted the pictures in question. Also this site requires the link to the Photobucket to access the pictures. My thinking is that this link was used to gain access to my Photobucket account without having to go through the security login process. If my reasoning is completely faulty, can some please correct it and let me know how my pictures could have be come infected. Thanks.
    Bill

    Being ROAD KILL on the Information Super Highway and Electronically Challenged really SUCKS!!

    Every problem can be solved through the proper application of explosives, duct tape, teflon, WD-40, or any combo of the aforementioned items.

  • #2
    Originally posted by BigBoy1
    SIDE BAR
    I’m having suspicions about this site:

    The Home Shop Machinist & Machinist's Workshop BBS

    This is the only site on which I posted the pictures in question. Also this site requires the link to the Photobucket to access the pictures. My thinking is that this link was used to gain access to my Photobucket account without having to go through the security login process. If my reasoning is completely faulty, can some please correct it and let me know how my pictures could have be come infected. Thanks.
    This is impossible. You have a virus because you have Windows and it is very easy to attach a virus to Windows.

    The infestation you see could have been picked up any place at any time. There is no reason to think that Photobucket is even involved. The virus may be designed to respond to any site you visit that requires a password or some other trigger that suggests the site is important to you. The hackers know that people will respond more positively if they think they're losing something valuable.

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    • #3
      BB1, Have you recently accepted an offer to install 'Internet Security 2010' anti virus package from a pop-up on some other site ?

      Googling 'internet security 2010 virus' should get you some more info...

      Cheers

      .

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      • #4
        quoite..."This is the only site on which I posted the pictures in question"

        You posted a link....not the pictures.... this BBS doesnt store the pics..just the link..

        Rob

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        • #5
          I use Photobucket frequently without any difficulties. I also have Windows and don't seem to pick up viruses. It's only been about 20 years now so it hasn't been long enough yet. Maybe I'm scheduled to get a virus any time.

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          • #6
            the link displays your photobucket pictures on your computer in an allocated area on your computers screen with the forum surrounding it coming from elsewhere.

            all the best.markj

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            • #7
              Originally posted by aboard_epsilon
              the link displays your photobucket pictures on your computer

              all the best.markj
              Not always...I was trying to look at your J ans S 540 pics from wayback...but they were showing just the placeholder...
              How do you rate your 540 Mark...I'm looking into one at the moment..

              cheers Rob

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              • #8
                i have had no issues at all

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                • #9
                  mine is perfect ..and i like it ..it must have had an easy life.
                  but there is a lot of rubbish out there

                  Early 540 had Babbitt bearings .not available now ..and no one around to fix them .

                  machine ID'ed by the oil site glass on the side of the head

                  so if you buy one of these with worn heads .then you're looking at buying a whole new ball bearing head for it.

                  all the other spares are available from Jones and shipman ..at good reasonable prices, so no worries there.

                  early electrics can be a problem ..contactors for mem starters .......not available.........and there is great possibility that these will be burnt out .as the metal dust falls on to them in use.

                  other than that .if you can see lots of intact scraping marks then hopefully it should be a good one ..and should last you out .


                  sorry have deleted album from photobucket , as...when this site was revamped the links were buggered up .

                  i blocked all the add servers and pop ups on photobucket .so i dont see many ...if i do ...i take a look at the script, work out where its coming from and block that as well

                  block them with ...internet options ..security ..restricted sites.

                  i know it pays the way for photobucket ..but if they show anoying adds like that buzzing bee, and the "you have a virus" ones ..then so be it ..i have a blitz on them.

                  it would be great if you block adds on TV ........there are some really effing anoying ones on uk tv at the moment.

                  all the best.markj
                  Last edited by aboard_epsilon; 01-31-2010, 05:48 PM.

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                  • #10
                    I got a virus warning from work the other day when viewing photobucket.

                    The admins had the latest and greatest security patches installed so it bounced off.

                    All it takes is a malicious ad. A fair number of viruses are embedded in ads. The site (like photobucket) isn't directly involved.

                    Here's the warning I got:

                    Scan type: Auto-Protect Scan
                    Event: Risk Found!
                    Security risk detected: Trojan.Pidief.G
                    File: Cocuments and SettingsxxxLocal SettingsTempNCLzR2qp.pdf.part
                    Location: Cocuments and SettingsxxxLocal SettingsTemp
                    Computer: D-GSHZCK1
                    User: xxx
                    Action taken: Pending Side Effects Analysis : Access denied
                    Date found: Friday, January 29, 2010 5:00:44 PM

                    I don't know if it is the same issue the OP mentioned.

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                    • #11
                      quick explanation

                      http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/sho...tobucket+virus

                      Problem is.. Java ads they "rent" the sidebar out to people, some, do dastardly things inside your computer which you gave them permission to do so by activating Java on your machine.

                      I notified Photobucket and they assured me they had fixed the problem.
                      Excuse me, I farted.

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                      • #12
                        If you're using Firefox as a browser, a wonderful add-in is "NoScript" from the Mozilla site. It returns power back to you ... for the most part.

                        It's amazing the garbage attached to most sites these days. With NoScript you allow only those portions of a page that you "trust". It can be a PITA since many sites depend are Flash based or are brain dead without scripting but you get used to it.

                        Photobucket does have a number of scripts from various places attempt to run. With a few clicks you can figure out which parts you need.

                        Den
                        Last edited by nheng; 01-31-2010, 10:03 PM.

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                        • #13
                          The virus Tony posted is coming through via Adobe Flash Player. Another reason not to use Flash Player. I won't load it to my machines.

                          Trojan.Pidief.G
                          By: precisesecurity | Under: Trojan 22

                          Trojan.Pidief.G is a maliciously-created PDF document file that will infect computers by exploiting an Adobe Flash Player software vulnerability. Trojan.Pidief.G is also capable of creating a backdoor port on the compromised computer.

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                          • #14
                            You may be a victim of "Ransomware". Go to: http://redtape.msnbc.com/2010/01/tur...d-pc-into.html

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by CCWKen
                              The virus Tony posted is coming through via Adobe Flash Player. Another reason not to use Flash Player. I won't load it to my machines.

                              Trojan.Pidief.G
                              By: precisesecurity | Under: Trojan 22

                              Trojan.Pidief.G is a maliciously-created PDF document file that will infect computers by exploiting an Adobe Flash Player software vulnerability. Trojan.Pidief.G is also capable of creating a backdoor port on the compromised computer.
                              Update - your computer(s) should be on auto update and install any updates provided by supplementary software immediately. Aside from running a top class AV software. Not installing something in wide use as part of the internet experience is like saying you're not going to go buy a newspaper at the store because you might have a wreck. I run Java, Flash and everything else and don't have issues, but I receive virus notifications as part of the job and update everything regularly. I handle internet security, so I ought to be more paranoid than anyone. Everything has regular issues and faults - update, update, update.

                              And don't lay it all on Windows/MS - Linux has just as much trouble, trust me. Some weeks - 10x more than Windows.
                              Chris
                              Merkel, Tx
                              http://raceabilene.com/kelly/hotrod

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