Beware of new image files you didn’t download!!!

Discussion in 'Application Software' started by Katzenfreund, Nov 28, 2016.

  1. Katzenfreund

    Katzenfreund MDL Expert

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  2. Flipp3r

    Flipp3r MDL Expert

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    Sounds like a load of crap. If you've got sus files/pictures already on your pc then your already infected...
     
  3. Katzenfreund

    Katzenfreund MDL Expert

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    That's not what the article says. And though each one makes his own decisions according to his circumstances, ignoring warnings may not be the wisest policy.
     
  4. Tiger-1

    Tiger-1 MDL Guru

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    @Katz thanks for the heads up, yep all caution is needed before download any things:sneaky:still I hate facebook and related craps then I'm secure:p
     
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  5. Michaela Joy

    Michaela Joy MDL Crazy Lady

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    Thanks Katzenfreund.

    It seems that the malicious code is embedded in the image. When you try to view it, it infects your machine.
     
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  6. nodnar

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    already running here, and i will not touch fb with a pair of tweezers anyway;)
     
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  7. MS_User

    MS_User MDL Guru

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    who actually pays for ransomware? once u pay they will ask u for more money to unlock your files:throw:
     
  8. Katzenfreund

    Katzenfreund MDL Expert

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    Indeed we keep hearing horror stories of all kinds associated with FB all the time. I'm not a member either, but strangely it's the current craze, driving discussion boards to inactivity.

    To paraphrase your sig,
    "Just because we are paranoid doesn't mean it's not dangerous". :D
     
  9. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    security people are always cracking these crypto locker keys but it's always changing, so it depends on what version of a locker you have compared to retrieving all your data. Getting you data back might not matter to some and others it could be their entire business
    One web site that is up to date on crypto lockers is Bleeping Computer, so if you do get hit then go there first.
    I try to keep off line backups of my stuff I want to keep the most in case something like this would happen to me
     
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  10. DogbertCommandsYou

    DogbertCommandsYou MDL Novice

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    Is this a Windows only threat? Will Mac OSX and Linux users not have to worry?
     
  11. Katzenfreund

    Katzenfreund MDL Expert

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    Ransomware is not strictly restricted to Windows, though Mac OSX and Linux are far less frequently attacked by certain kinds of it. So it makes sense for every user to be careful.
     
  12. Flipp3r

    Flipp3r MDL Expert

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    I don't doubt the article. I'm saying if you've already got unknown dodgy files on your system then your already infected. How else would they get there if you didn't download them?
     
  13. Meat[On]A[Stick]

    Meat[On]A[Stick] MDL Junior Member

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    If I were to right-click on a questionable image and select "scan with eset" from the context menu, would it warn me?
     
  14. R29k

    R29k MDL GLaDOS

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    Nothing is foolproof if you don't want to be at risk on pc then throw out your pc and never use one again, that's fool proof !
     
  15. R29k

    R29k MDL GLaDOS

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    Depends, things like Malwarebytes Anti Malware should detect it, not sure how good AV is with that.
     
  16. Katzenfreund

    Katzenfreund MDL Expert

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    It should not only warn you, but delete it outright. In fact, if your defenses are up to standard, they shouldn't allow it to download in the first place.