avoiding a trojan on a specific site (okcupid.com)

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Post by Tollan on Wed 16 Sep 2009, 6:53 am

hi,

i don't know how many of you know okcupid.com - it's a dating site which i visited a lot about a year ago, and then again about a month ago. after a few days of loging in without a problem, i logged in - mcafee pulled up a warning about a trojan, and said it had cleaned it (it didn't) my computer rebooted, and went into a reboot loop. eventually i had to wipe out my hard drive and re-install everything.

now, obviously this doesn't happen frequently, since okcupid is a huge site. is there anyway to tell my mcafee to block anything the site sends, so as not to downlod trojans, but still view the site?

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Re: avoiding a trojan on a specific site (okcupid.com)

Post by DragonMaster Jay on Wed 16 Sep 2009, 2:39 pm

Hi

I am testing the site right now. If found malware, signature will be sent to all A-V companies.

I will report back if found malware.


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Post by DragonMaster Jay on Wed 16 Sep 2009, 2:46 pm

The site did not test positive for malware.

It must have been another exploit, possibly in the browser.

Is Flash and Adobe Reader (if you have them), up to date? Is your browser up to date (Windows Updates)?


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Post by Tollan on Wed 16 Sep 2009, 5:30 pm

flash and adobe reader are up to date, and so is windows.
iv'e read other posts on forums and on the mcafee site from other people saying they had this problem.

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Post by DragonMaster Jay on Wed 16 Sep 2009, 5:33 pm

Looking in to it. Will reply back soon.


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Post by DragonMaster Jay on Wed 16 Sep 2009, 5:42 pm

Hi

From what I see, the site uses a badware advertising network. It has nothing to do with the site itself. Malware writers these days are using drive-by download techniques more often, especially in ads. The best way to block these ads is to do one of the following free methods:

  • Use Adblock Plus for Firefox: http://adblockplus.org/en/installation
  • Use a good hosts file: http://www.hosts-file.net
  • Use Internet Explorer 8, along with built-in InPrivate browsing: http://community.winsupersite.com/blogs/paul/archive/2009/04/03/ie8-ad-blocking-with-the-inprivate-filter.aspx


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Post by jacks9 on Fri 25 Jun 2010, 12:59 am

Of course I learned about the drive by trojan viruses the hard way. Can someone tell me how to remove them??? BTW- I filed the following compaint with the NY BBB:

"This is a free dating website. I joined a few months ago and discovered that their site has repeatedly infected my computer with viruses. I have made two complaints to the feedback line without any response from the company and one directly to the CEO. The malicious advertisers on this site use what is called a "drive-by download" technique to install malware on computers. According to their own forums they have had this problem happen over and over for several years now and have not addressed it, except to offer a tee-shirt to some of the sites victims. Agains, according to their own forum, even the paying customers (who don't see the ads) are picking up viruses from this website. Regardless of the cost of using the site this company has demonstrated a complete lack of regard for the protection of their users and are irresponsible in their business practives for allowing malicious ad companies to use their site as a platform to launch web attacks."

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Post by paralyzed on Thu 08 Jul 2010, 12:58 am

I desperately need help. My computer is paralyzed and I am unable to do anything except if I'm in Safe Mode. Yesterday while visiting okCupid, I received some popups on my computer screen. I did not click on any ads, I was just browsing through the guys and doing what I think is called Quick Match when this all came about. The adds said that I had a virus including a Trojan and asked if I wanted to purchase a virus protection program. I was unable to remove those ads no matter what I did. They covered my screen and kept popping up all over the place looking like it came from Windows. I ran Malwarebytes and it showed NOTHING. I made the mistake of clicking on the ad to get some room to work in and it led me to the area of purchasing AV SEcurity Suite. I wasn't sure if it was real or not, so I started fishing around the site and got an 800 number. I called it and it was a disconnected number and that's when I sort of knew it was a fake. In the meantime, these tabs started popping up from... w.porno.org, www. porno.com, www. adult.com, www.viagra.com and they kept doing it over and over. My task bar showed about 30 little windows and my computer went nuts. I called my daughter who looked up how to start the computer in Safe Mode and I followed her directions from this site http://www.2-spyware.com/remove-av-security-suite.html , I didn't follow through, because I didn't understand. I was then able to get to some forums who told me that if I purchased a program called Spyware Doctor, it would take it away. Now this virus prohibits you from accessing the Internet (unless you are in Safe Mode) so I couldn't upload the program except in Safe Mode (w/Internet) I tried removing the program manually by finding it in my programs and clicked uninstall, but it didn't work. I uploaded Spyware Dr and ran the scan both in Safe Mode and standard Mode and it showed that I had 1 infection of Trojan.FakeAlert and 37 infections of RogueAntiSpyware.AntiVirusSystemPro. There was also another, but it seemed to have gotten rid of the third; however, I am still paralyzed with these pop ups showing each time I start in Normal mode. I run the Spyware Doctor and it shows that it was successful in removing them, but the adds are still there and the next time I reboot I get the same thing. Now when I try to use the Malware Det Wizard, it shows that Windows has stopped working a problem caused this to stop working. I was so desperate, that I ran the long scan last night for over 6 hours and it still showed it being at 30% and it was barely moving, because all of this sex advertising popped up all over the screen. I emailed Customer support and called them but they have not gotten back to me. They asked me for this Malware Detective Wizard report which I was able to get yesterday before I ran the long scan and I sent it to them, but I have heard no reply from Spyware Doctor. I will never use OKCupid again.

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Re: avoiding a trojan on a specific site (okcupid.com)

Post by Hornhonker on Tue 27 Jul 2010, 3:54 pm

Have you tried MalwareBytes ? You can download it off download.com.

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