PC Hijack

  brocsman 19:11 23 Mar 2004

A friend had his PC "hijacked" last week. He clicked a Google link (doesn't know what it was - he was looking to buy a car). The next thing he seems to be linked to a child porn website, then gets a message saying "the police are aware of your web address - press this button to remove the evidence"

He had the sense not to press the button, but this thing has burrowed into his sytem, and he couldn't remove it. Reloaded Windows, everything, it kept coming back.

He was so shaken by it he's bought a new PC, changed his ISP, etc etc, and is reformatting the disk of the old machine for re-use elsewhere, but he's still worried he hasn't got rid of it even now.

In a way he left himself open to it because he had no AV software, but this was so nasty I'm surprised I haven't seen it written up in the press.

Is this a known problem? Is it common now? Does anyone know how to get rid of it? I'd be grateful for any views.

  VoG II 19:17 23 Mar 2004

click here is a good place to start.

  Indigo 1 19:21 23 Mar 2004

Sounds very much like Spyware to me. It is basically like a cookie which reports home when you are on the net and calls it's own sites (usually porn), it can also connect to a premium rate number without you even knowing it.

I suggest you download update and run Both AdAware click here

and SpyBot Search & Destroy click here

They will cost nothing but your time and are the most useful bits of software available for this kind of scam.

It has been in the press latley but not front page news.

  Indigo 1 19:25 23 Mar 2004

Nice find VoG...added to favourites. :o)

  cycoze 20:06 23 Mar 2004

"press this button to remove the evidence" Scare Ware .

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