Downloader Virus

  Sheila-214876 15:51 25 Feb 2004

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 2004

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 2004

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  Sheila-214876 13:53 26 Feb 2004

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 "" 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 [email protected] (spaces to stop a link) McAfee identifies this as (virus found) W32/netsky.c @ MM

  Stuartli 14:04 26 Feb 2004

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 (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 2004

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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