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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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28. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 9, 2010, 17:13 Creston
ForgedReality wrote on Jun 9, 2010, 16:07:
Verno wrote on Jun 9, 2010, 16:00:
This is the uncomfortable conversation point where everyone avoids making eye contact with you, in case you were wondering.
I was only half joking.

You realize that the biggest reason virusses (virii?) are still being written is so that the people writing them can SELL you anti-virus software, right?

90+% of all virusses come straight from Symantec and their ilk.

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