Skype malware infection

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Just received this message from someone called Security Monitor on Skype
telling me to go to http://www.update-alert.org/?q=usasec and get malware
removed from my computer.

Didn't take it seriously at all. Was wondering whether everyone has received
this naive message?



Re: Skype malware infection

"news.rcn.com" <news.rnc.com> wrote:

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It a scam.  This site when you access it will show about 20 infections
even after the scan with a genuine spyware scanner.  They just trying
to sell more crap to you..

Re: Skype malware infection

"news.rcn.com" wrote:

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What sort of message: a spam email; a popup in your browser; a popup
in the system tray; a messenger service popup; something from the
Skype software (if you have it); or something else?

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$> whois update-alert.org

 Registrant Name:Sergei Machorin
 Registrant City:Moscow
 Registrant Country:RU

$> dig www .update-alert.org

 www .update-alert.org.   3600    IN      A       216.127.68.3

Hmm, rather short TTL.

$> whois 216.127.68.3

 OrgName:    Everyones Internet
 City:       Houston
 StateProv:  TX
 Country:    US

Why is a Russian using a US hosting service?

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I found it hilarious. The page simulates a scan of your computer using
JavaScript. Completely fake! Then you are invited to buy a spyware and
adware removal tool. What does that say about their software when they
have already lied to you? It's either completely useless or malware.



Re: Skype malware infection

"Ant" wrote:

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In addition, the download is linked from scanandrepair.net, registered
to a Slav and also hosted on Everyones Internet.

$> whois scanandrepair.net

 Registrant:
  Marko Novakovic
  Kraljevica Marka 55
  Beograd
  Belgrade, CS 11000
  YU



Re: Skype message: Sorry everyone, I should have cutandpasted the whole hilarious message:


WINDOWS REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION
=============================

ATTENTION ! Security Center has detected
malware on your computer !

Affected Software:

Microsoft Windows NT Workstation
Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0
Microsoft Windows 2000
Microsoft Windows XP
Microsoft Windows Win98
Microsoft Windows Server 2003

Impact of Vulnerability: Remote Code Execution / Virus Infection /
Unexpected shutdowns

Recommendation: Users running vulnerable version should install a repair
utility immediately

Your system IS affected, download the patch from the address below ! Failure
to do so may result in severe computer malfunction.

http://www.update-alert.org/?q=usasec


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Re: Skype message: Sorry everyone, I should have cutandpasted the whole hilarious message:

"news.rcn.com" wrote:

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Yes, it's likely the malware generated the message! Is it a popup
window? If so, get Process Explorer from www.sysinternals.com
(redirects to a Microsoft page) Install, run it, and you will see an
icon in the toolbar which can be dragged over the window to see what
process owns it. Once you know the file name, you can take steps to
remove it.



Re: Skype message: Sorry everyone, I should have cutandpasted the whole hilarious message:

I also got many strangers talking to me on skype tell me about
security problem. Are they all scams?

John
- hgate@zrinfo.net


Re: Skype message: Sorry everyone, I should have cutandpasted the whole hilarious message:


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If you are going to talk on Skype (which I do), make sure it is as tight
as you can make it.  I do not allow ANYONE to contact me other than on
my List of Friends.

If you are not sure how to do it, Skype has a website and you can learn
about it from that.  Do not reply to these strangers......and put them
on a "block" list.

Heather



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Skype is a VOIP system, isn't it? In other words, a way of using the
Internet as if it were a phone line. I don't know why you'd be using
it to talk to strangers about security problems and you don't say
what those problems are.

The OP's problem does not appear to be anything to do with Skype. It
looks like a typical popup message from some malware he's unknowingly
installed.

Security issues are real. Messages from unknown sources, or sources
claiming to be something they are not, enticing you to visit a
dubious website are invariably scams.



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