Downloader Virus

  Sheila-214876 15:51 25 Feb 04
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I have just been to my niece who said her computer wasn't working properly. She has AVG installed and when I did a complete scan it found 6 virii? called Downloader. These were all sent to the Virus Vault and deleted. Where did they come from and why didn't AVG flag them up before they were installed? A check on McAfee showed over a 100 virii called downloader. What does it actually do?

  LeadingMNMs 15:59 25 Feb 04

I don't know what they do but you cannot always expect the shield to stop viruses from getting on to the system. You could install a firewall which might stop them. You say that there were no error messages, but it maybe that the user did not recognise these as a concern or may not completely understand how to use the software.

Since so many were found I have to question whether a virus scan is completed regularly since the chances of them all arriving on the same day is unlikely.

  Smiler 16:23 25 Feb 04

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  Sheila-214876 13:53 26 Feb 04

Thanks smiler. Lots of help. Here's another one to be aware of. Had a call this morning from a client saying he has an email with an attachment he is not sure about. He runs a business and gets quite a few attachments, but generally knows who they are from. Not this one though. The attachment is "old_photos.zip" Fortunately, he has an hotmail account and they use McAfee to check all emails. The text of the message is "File is damaged" and it is from mspss@ gto.ne.om (spaces to stop a link) McAfee identifies this as (virus found) W32/netsky.c @ MM

  Stuartli 14:04 26 Feb 04

It's W32netski - doing the rounds at the moment and, if activited, clicking on e-mail attachments opens up porn website links via your default viewer, such as Irfanview.

What can prove confusing is that the "sender'" e-mail address is very convicing, being an innocuous name at @btopenworld.com (at least in the cases of the examples I've seen).

Tiscali subscribers are particularly prone to receiving such unwanted e-mails at present.

  Stuartli 14:06 26 Feb 04

The address will probably have been "harvested" from some other unsuspecting person's address book and is not the true sender.

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