When was the last time you were infected?

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  1. CogitoTesting

    CogitoTesting Registered Member

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    I do not know if there is a similar thread upon the subject; if there is then I apologize. However, I wanted to create a special thread where people can tell their stories about their own or a friend malware infection(s) and the steps they took to clean their computers or phones.

    I'll commence first. The last time I was infected was a few years ago and if memory serves me right I think it was one of the vundo variants. At that time I was using AVG free and what saved me was an AVAST Bart CD that I bought.

    Also I would like to mention that I do not want this thread to turn into an A vs B type of a thread. Just keep it civil without bashing. ;)

    PS: Let's get the ball rolling, sort of. :D

    Thanks.
     
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  2. Boost

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    Never been infected,period.

    I play around with alot of malware,but in the end,the PC is just like it was when I started the day :thumb:
     
  3. Searching_ _ _

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    (Looks at watch.)Which version of OS are you talking about?
     
  4. wtsinnc

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    It's been well over six months; closer to a year.

    I typically run XP Home SP-2 and use IE 7 inside of SandboxIE (free version).
    I use Keyscrambler (free version).
    I use WinPatrol Plus.
    I employ no resident scanner, no AV period.
    No 3rd party firewall.
    I have Malwarebytes free version for on-demand scans.
    Nearly always, I have CTM installed.

    Following each browser session, I empty the sandbox then use CCleaner (disc and registry scan/clean).
    A couple of times a day, I run a full scan with Malwarebytes.

    When I'm ready to re-image, I download Avira (free) and A-Squared (free) and run full scans.

    As stated, months since any identified infection.
     
  5. pabrate

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    I can't remember, decade or so, never perhaps :)
     
  6. CogitoTesting

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    OS irrelevant, Windows, Mac, Linux (:D) all flavors, you name it.

    Thanks.
     
  7. J_L

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    4-5 years ago, twice. The internet connection became faulty and windows had to be re-installed. Had no AV other than a disabled + outdated norton and knew nothing about computers. I really was a newbie back then..
     
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  8. TheKid7

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    I don't remember when. It was several years ago, before I started using Sandboxie. I was using McAfee Enterprise 8.X (Free Home Use License from Work) and several Trojan files slipped into the Sun Java Temporary Files. McAfee detected and removed one of the files upon a scheduled scan. McAfee did not detect the others. The other Trojan files were only detected when using another Malware scanner. After that I dumped McAfee Enterprise (switched to NOD32) and eventually started using Sandboxie for all web access.
     
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  9. adik1337

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    never been ... I hope never will be :)
     
  10. Kerodo

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    Never, after 15 years of the internet...
     
  11. snoopy2010

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    Rouge ware 2006 what i get for leting my wife Download stuff with my computer lol...
    Now she can only use her own....lol
     
  12. garybear

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    Hi! never been infected. I have Avira and Malwarebytes in real time. I have Macrium Reflect for making complete image back ups of my OS. I keep several images on a USB, that I'm sure have no infections. I can recover from HD failure or just about any thing. I have Windows PE recovery CD and Linux. There's not much that scares me.===garybear PS I hope I don't have to eat these words:D
     
  13. MaxEntropy

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    My USB stick was infected twice with an autorun.inf virus by a lectern PC at work a few months ago. That PC was 'protected' by McAfee Enterprise.

    When I used the stick with my own PC, Kaspersky and Prevx were both eager to zap the virus. Moreover, I disable autorun on my PC, and USB drives are set to run as forced folders in Sandboxie. So, even if the virus had escaped detection, it couldn't have infected my PC.

    Other staff who used the lectern PC during the week or so of its infection were apparently not so lucky. Our IT people subsequently reconfigured all our lectern PCs so that removable drives are read only.
     
  14. Ibrad

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    On my personal machine, just some adware. On my other PC McAfee found an adware infection trying to infect my machine as I was away from it and it destroyed that about 4 years ago, when I installed AVG two years ago (no AV on before it, McAfee was removed) it found two trojan's and the PC and removed them. Then I removed AVG and installed MBAM 6 months ago and another two trojan registry keys.
     
  15. 3GUSER

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    Me personally never . My mom's computer was severely infected last in Feb 2005 - Windows 98 SE computer and all important data connected to her own business she runs was destroyed - the back-up was unusable because it appeared to be infected , too. She was running without antivirus because the computer was not connected to the Internet but she used flash drives and diskettes which she checked using F-prot on a separate computer . However , F-prot missed the virus and it was transferred to the offline-machine using a removable media.

    Windows started to crash often with BSOD . Another antivirus found the virus - file infector - pretty much every file was infected.

    An important lesson - ever since then security is one of the most important things for the data !
     
  16. Ibrad

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    Oh wait I forgot another time a machine we had was infected, about 6 years ago a file infecting virus got in and destroy every file on the machine, disabled access to the C drive, shut down system restore, and killed McAfee antivirus and Norton Antivirus. We still have the hard drive with the virus on it around our house somewhere...we were going to try to restore some files but never got to it.
     
  17. SIR****TMG

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    The only virus I ever had was in 2002 from aol chat.
     
  18. Triple Helix

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    I was never infected by accident only on purpose when it was time to do a clean install of the OS and testing malware cleaners! ;) But now I do all my testing in VM's because it's less work! :D

    TH
     
  19. 3GUSER

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    I test on real machine and then restore from a previous image . It's more real.
    Restoring a VM is more work , IMO than simply reappling an image on a given computer.
     
  20. Antarctica

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    Last time I was infected was in 1995. Back then I was using Win 3.1
    I didn't had a AV, probably I didn't even know what it was :cool: My daughter brought a diskette from University and within the next few days, Windows became unuseable. I brought back my computer to the store and they fixed it for me.:oops:
     
  21. NoIos

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    I had two infections since 198x. Both times because of infected software bundled with magazines. My first virus was a dos virus on my 8088 machine. Actually a funny thing...an arkanoid type of ball moving on the screen...hitting the edges etc. Don't remember the virus name.

    The second one if I recall well was on Win98SE - year 1999 using Norton AV.

    This is my personal real infections history.
     
  22. Soujirou

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    I don't recall any infections on my personal PC, my wife on the other hand:

    1.) Infected with a browser hijack using an outdated Windows XP and Avira.
    2.) Infected using Windows 7 beta and Avira.
    3.) Infected using Windows 7 Home Premium and MSE.

    Now she is using an LUA and Avast and has had no problems (yet).
     
  23. fb0r

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    Last time I had a malware infection was in the late 80's or early 90's. I was trying out a lot of shareware stuff back then and had received a few floppy disks with some shareware games from a friend of my dad. It turned out that one of the .com executables was infected with the Cascade-1701 virus. Never got to see the amusing payload though. IIRC Central Point Antivirus zapped it right away. :)

    Also, although it wasn't an infection per se, I did encounter a floppy infected by the Brain virus in -87 or -88 but I never had any of my own floppies infected by it.

    Cheers, fb0r
     
  24. Franklin

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    Probably been infected a million times here.

    The microjoin exploits are my favourites so far. :)
     
  25. sg09

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    When i started using computer on 2008, infected at first because I had no internet connection and mainly infection were came from USB drive.
    After connecting to internet my PC got infected because i had no AV installed after a clean format and he was trying to install Gtalk from a non-trustworthy source. It was the exe infecter Win32-petite. Scanning with Avast at boot time doesn't help. I had to format.
    Next and last time was infection by brontok. I had both KIS and Avast at that time :p. But both failed to detect that. A2 free v4 beta detected that and removed all the fake folder to quarantine. I couldn't delete them. After restart they came back. So, I put all to quarantine and format.
    After that I become interested in security stuffs and never got infected.
     
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