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Last night weird stuff stared happening to my PC, link appearing, and an email coming in telling me that I had had my ID stolen.

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I got rid of the links, (permanently), deleted every file made within 2 minutes of it starting that may have possibly been related.

It also changed my dialup number and name to some weird international one, but i managed to change that back, and it seems to have stayed the way it 'should be'.

Adaware tells me there are 2 spyware programs hidden somewhere in my PC (Alexa and Log), but they don't really worry me, as I don't do any internet banking/etc.

Anyway, as far as I can tell, apart from my name and possibly address in the PC (you know how it says 'would you like to register this software to and automatically has your name), I can't think of any info that would be of any use to anyone, and that stuff is in the phone book anyway.

I dont do social security work, so that's not on here, I dont bank, I dont have paypal, and about the most secure things I log onto are Hotmail and GRnet.

So as far as I can tell, they may have my Name, address, and dial up connection information (which is fixed yearly cost anyway, so feel free to use it guys) :shifty: Please dont.

Anyone got any ideas? I can't do a total reinstall for 4 weeks (uni midsemester break), should I change my dial in password or something.

This is really giving me the *****, the last virus I got was an MSN worm, and that was probably 2+ years ago.

Thanks

Schenk

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Maybe do a virus scan. Also what does the e-mail say? Or does it just say "Your ID has been stolen"? :thumbsup:

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Adaware tells me there are 2 spyware programs hidden somewhere in my PC (Alexa and Log), but they don't really worry me, as I don't do any internet banking/etc.

Maybe delete them?

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Well, i cant help you out on this one, but beware of the changed dialup number. That 'weird international one' is probably a redirection to an extra charged dial-up service. (Also used in some adult entertainment services)

They wont get any sensitive information stored on your computer, but will get you by the phone-bill.

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Alexa is a spyware toolbar... I dont think it will steal anything extremely important like passwords or what not. Run a virus scan, also, you should scan for trojans. PestPatrol seems to be held highly.

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ok so your computer just went beserk?

answers

Hackers

Spyware

Trojans

Virus

and other things but RUN A FULL SCAN ON UR COMPUTER SCANNING FOR EVRYTYPE OF VIRUS UR VIRUS PROGAM HAS AND GET A SPYWARE KILLING PROGRAM AND RUN THAT OR ELSE U WILL HAVE TO WiPE THE HARD DRIVE CLEAN

only use the program that erases the enire harddrive if u cant fix it

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Firstly, are you sure they have stolen your identity. It may well be attempted spam/junk mail extortion.

Secondly, go and get an instant statement from your bank tomorrow to see if any money has gone out of your account for something you haven't bought.

And if none of that works, listen to snake and think things could be far worse.

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OK, this looks to be getting under control.

First off, i'm really not worried about bank stuff anymore, as I dont even think my address is in the registry. Definately no bank details/credit details/social security/maybe not even date of birth.

Schenk = glad he doesn't do internet banking (I've even disabled it on my account so anyone that steals my details can't do it. ATM and teller transactions only).

Hence, the 'stolen identity', well, they can do what my name what they wish. Go have a look in a phone book if you want names.

I ran ADAWARE and SPYBOT and detected (and got rid of) a bunch of spyware programs that were running, so I think that's sorted.

Got rid of all the pr0n ads.

Only thing i'm not sure if I got rid of (permanently) is the international dialin number. It changed back ONCE after i got rid of it, but since then (4 boots) its stayed how it is supposed to be. I'll keep an eye on it, i've got an idea it only goes back to the 'bad one' when i restart, as opposed to reboot. A full format and reinstall of windows (which is long overdue anyway) these hols will sort that.

If I continue recieveing spam emails telling me that my identity (read - name) was stolen, I'll ask my ISP to change my username slightly (to change my email addy). That'll be easy.

Pretty sure I beat this one :).

Finally, I want to give a HUGE THANKYOU to DANNIK - your a pro mate. He guided me through using Spybot and installing a firewall, and also helped me with some other general stuff. Top work mate - much appreciated. :)

PS. I thought I was 'too good' for this. I hadn't got a virus for 2 years and had stopped a number in their tracks. I was a victim of 'this won't happen to me' syndrome - after all, who cares about the info of aussies on dialup.

People do.

Please don't let this happen to you. Get spybot (and let its teatimer stuff run always), get a firewall, and be just as careful as you were before. It doesn't cost a cent, but will save you the hours I lost getting rid of the damn thing.

Thanks to everyone else for your advice, and Chems for putting me onto DANNIK (a real pro this dude).

Schenk

PPS.

Until I do my reinstall, I'll try to do all my midweek netting from UNI. Home PC for weekends only sounds good.

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Only thing i'm not sure if I got rid of (permanently) is the international dialin number. It changed back ONCE after i got rid of it, but since then (4 boots) its stayed how it is supposed to be. I'll keep an eye on it, i've got an idea it only goes back to the 'bad one' when i restart, as opposed to reboot. A full format and reinstall of windows (which is long overdue anyway) these hols will sort that.

why dont you delete the connection, and make a new one? Could work.

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I doubt that would work. I'm pretty sure its not the connection that's corrupt, but more a piece of code (exe file) somewhere, that when triggered (not sure what does it, i'm upto like 6 boots like it since happened though) changes WHATEVER the dialup info is to 'its one'.

Therefore, deleting and resetting up wouldn't help.

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hmmmm what firewall did Dannik help you install cause if its the windows one u got a flimsy firewall.

Hmm seems Dannik knows his stuff well so do i [says thank you to college grade computer book] and Schenk what Dial-up do u got and who is ur ISP cause the ISP will play stuff on u or do it for real i dont know it would depend if a worker got in somehow or something.

I rember the old computers i could hack them easily

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hmmmm what firewall did Dannik help you install cause if its the windows one u got a flimsy firewall.

Hmm seems Dannik knows his stuff well so do i [says thank you to college grade computer book] and Schenk what Dial-up do u got and who is ur ISP cause the ISP will play stuff on u or do it for real i dont know it would depend if a worker got in somehow or something.

I rember the old computers i could hack them easily

i feel that all of that is total crap.

1.Windows firewall is already installed, and dannik knows it is crap

2.Schenk is australian. He will tall you an ISP, and you will have no idea. Im pretty sure that the workers arent gunna change schenks just for the fun of it.

3.I sincerely doubt that. Your 13 right? We'll say 14. You wre born in 1990. When you were 5, win95, the first time the start bar was introduced, was released. You were 8 in 1998, the time of Win 98. and so on. I dont rekon you were haX0r|ng it up at age 10, when win 2000, and shortly after, winME,were released. At age 12 i can understand, and that was 2 years ago. Computers have come far, but not that far.

Oh, and "college grade computer books' dont tell you about hackin stuff. Nothing like it.

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Reading your posts Schenk, it sounds like you were running with no AV and no firewall? Tell me it ain't so...

If I was you, I'd try and find the exact name of the virus that infected your PC by searching Google for all the information you have (i.e. the subject line or content of the email, or the web url you clicked).

Once you have the name of the virus, you can search for removal instructions, only then can you be sure you are totally clear of it.

(disclaimer / I sped read this thread - if I repeated any advice, sorry!)

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@ Magnum kp - very funny!!! ;)

@ Rocky, ok, I wont tell you. :(

I'd managed to catch a number of things in their tracks as they were trying to come in, i was on dialup, and I thought I was on top of things, I was wrong.

I'm pretty sure its sorted now though, Spybot got rid of it I think, an while its been 8 boots since the signin last changed, even if it does again, a wipe and reinstall will fix that (and I need to do that anyway, got too much junk and my degfrag app. died a long time ago.

Thanks for all the help.

Schenk

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If your still AV-less, search for AVAST! antivirus. They do free truals that are quite good. May have to get a broadbanded mate t get it for you tho. Good interim solution, until you can afford one.

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hmmmm what firewall did Dannik help you install cause if its the windows one u got a flimsy firewall.

Hmm seems Dannik knows his stuff well so do i [says thank you to college grade computer book] and Schenk what Dial-up do u got and who is ur ISP cause the ISP will play stuff on u or do it for real i dont know it would depend if a worker got in somehow or something.

I rember the old computers i could hack them easily

i feel that all of that is total crap.

1.Windows firewall is already installed, and dannik knows it is crap

2.Schenk is australian. He will tall you an ISP, and you will have no idea. Im pretty sure that the workers arent gunna change schenks just for the fun of it.

3.I sincerely doubt that. Your 13 right? We'll say 14. You wre born in 1990. When you were 5, win95, the first time the start bar was introduced, was released. You were 8 in 1998, the time of Win 98. and so on. I dont rekon you were haX0r|ng it up at age 10, when win 2000, and shortly after, winME,were released. At age 12 i can understand, and that was 2 years ago. Computers have come far, but not that far.

Oh, and "college grade computer books' dont tell you about hackin stuff. Nothing like it.

hey SN rember when i said i HAVE AN OLDER BROTHER he taught me how to hack the old ones [ lol loved his story on how he put gay pics on his uncles computer from his :rofl: ]

i also learned most of my computer knowlidge from him

oh and SN this may be off topic but if U AND OTHERS start rubbing in my small loss in the contest in war stories u WILL feel my wrath :angry:

Thank You

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