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10/02/2003 Entry: "Another over the internet virus, dammit"

October 4, 2003 Edit: Microsoft now has a patch/update thingy for download to fix this on their website at www.microsoft.com. However, I'm so fed up with Microsoft, I've been using Opera, Mozilla and Netscape for the past few days and not missing IE at all, I might never go back. GM

"That Trojan horse used a banner ad that the attacker somehow placed on Web hosting provider FortuneCity.com's site to infect PCs running Windows, said Craig Schmugar, a virus research engineer with security company Network Associates. When a page containing the booby-trapped ad is displayed in Internet Explorer, the malicious code will automatically install the Trojan horse on the user's PC."
Attack program hijacks surfing in IE, by Robert Lemos, CNET News.com, October 2, 2003

"The flaw in Internet Explorer stems from a problem the browser has in correctly determining Object Types, and was thought to be patched by a fix that Microsoft released on Aug. 20. But that patch hasn't put a stop to attacks."
Internet Explorer Vulnerability Exploited Again, Security experts say a Trojan horse directed traffic from popular Web sites to an IP address designated by the attacker. By Gregg Keizer, TechWeb News, October 2, 2003

"Most recently, experts identified a new Trojan, known as Qhost-1, that has been discovered on a number of machines. However, the intent and possible uses of the program are somewhat unclear at this point. Qhost appears to change some of the DNS settings on infected machines and adds a couple of entries to the registry, but doesn't seem to take any other immediate actions."
Faulty Patch Leaves IE Open to Attack, by Dennis Fisher, eWeek.com, October 2, 2003

Oh, fer cryin' out loud, ENOUGH ALREADY!

Replies: 2 comments

Well, it seems my comp was infected with Qhost, and I've since apparently removed it -I've followed some instructions here and there and checked it with this tool:
http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/trojan.qhosts.removal.tool.html
BUT I am having problems accessing sites requiring login. More specifically mcafee, ebay, and hotmail. Also, I cannot post to newsgroups or most other sites (not sure if this post will work either). And Outlook isn't sending mail out. Anyone have ANY idea what I can do to correct this?? Do I still have qhost, or somesuch evil? Thanks! Stefan.

Posted by Stefan @ 10/05/2003 04:01 AM PST

I am also having problems with accessing sites that require a login and password. Ebay required me to change my password last night. It was the same password that I have used for five years. I also cannot access certain sites like google. I updated my Nortan Antivirus scan and I definitely had the virus, but I guess that was not enough to get rid of it. I will now try the removal tool from Norton to see if that works.

Posted by Cindy @ 10/05/2003 06:35 AM PST

 

 

 

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