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Out of the Blue

A reader sent along a note yesterday to warn me his machine picked up a virus infection from a page on CVG after following a link to there from here. I was skeptical this was the case on such a major site, so I visited the page to see what was up. A couple of minutes later I got an antivirus pop-up that started scanning, saying I was infected with a virus, except this was not actually from my AV software. I killed this with the task manager, and removed the infection using Malwarebytes, and restored my system from earlier in the day. I got some weird responses from my antivirus software, and the infection recurred, so I realized the AV software got hijacked along the way, and I repeated that procedure adding an uninstall and reinstall to the checklist, which seems to have cleared things up, ending my tale of woe.

You hear stories about being able to get a virus payload from visiting a page and not even clicking links, but I never knew anyone who actually experienced that (until now), with the weird part being I must have visited the site to post the link in the first place, without incident. Anyway, I notified CVG about the problem, and can only hope that not many of you were impacted by this, and if you were, you managed to clear things up without having to do anything drastic.

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16. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 9, 2010, 12:26 Creston
 
Verno wrote on Jun 9, 2010, 11:52:
If you ever run into it and chances are you will, its becoming increasingly common and they target sites like this, you can restore it by booting into safe mode, killing off non-Windows related executables(they try to prevent you from running gpedit or regedit) then rebooting normally, go into Start->Run->gpedit.msc and set User Configuration / Administrative Templates / System / Ctrl+Alt+Delete Options / Remove Task Manager to "Not Configured".

I'd like to point out that in Home versions of Vista and Windows 7, gpedit.msc does not exist, since they have no policies. (Policies are typically a domain function only.)

If task manager somehow got disabled on your system, you should be able to use regedit, and go to :

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

There should be a REG_DWORD called DisableTaskMgr. If it has a value of 1, it's disabled. Switch the value to zero.

(Note, if you're checking this on Home versions, the Registry key likely doesn't go farther than Policies. That's because there are no policies installed. But if Task manager ever gets disabled, it'll likely be there at that point.)

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