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Folks,
Anyone know a sysadmin at the S&W Forum?
I think they have been hacked and are handing out a nasty extortion ware virus. I've got Malwarebytes running on my primary system trying to deal. It seems to have embedded itself.
It popped when I hit "176 years ago in Texas" topic.
If you see the pop up and hear the buzzing demand...pull the plug and stop your browser from loading, then restore from backup...I'm trying to clean up now.

Geoff
Who is pissed his software didn't block it.
 

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I caught a dose of PC Utilities Pro PC Optimizer Pro and WSE_Astromedia.
A very nasty combo I had to manually clean in safe mode and then run Malwarebytes. I rebooted and ran Malwarebytes in normal mode while disconnected from the network and then had to change all my browsers default search engine away from Astromedia.

Malwarebytes failed to block the attack from the S&W Forum.

Geoff
Who paid good money for that program, but it worked in safemode.
 

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I've been playing around with Linux on a laptop my son no longer uses, for just such purposes. Great for browsing safely. Malwarebytes usually works pretty well for me but with some programs it can definitely degrade performance.
 

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My Mozilla is much more locked down now.
Makes viewing some sites difficult, but some are much improved!
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It's been years since I've had to worry about such things while I use my MacBook Pro to browse, but I understand that it isn't a permanent situation, with more malware writers targeting OS X. Still, it's based on Unix and is therefore just that much more locked down than Windows was - don't know about Win8x. Even so, I lock it down enough to annoy my wife who'd like to see Flash movies and run scripts and such.
 

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I thought OSX was based on BSD which is secure by design.
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Secure by design, yes, but whether OS X is based on BSD or Unix is really a legal issue, rather than tech, IMO. I understood OS X to be "Unix" (approved by them, in other words) as opposed to "Unix-like" if it were based on BSD. That's quibbling, though - Unix, BSD, Linux - all pretty secure.
 
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