A Nurse with a Gun

Friday, November 21, 2008

Virtuemundo Fini

It appears that Virtuemundo can be declared dead on my computer. Checking into the security history of Norton Internet Security 2009, I have found that at 17:24 today NIS 2009 detected and blocked a trojan known as Vundo......... Twice.

I am surfing easily, and without any perceptible slowing of anything. Initial Windows start-up is a bit slower, perhaps 45 seconds. I think I can officially close the book on the problem I was having. Thank you to those who volunteered to assist.

In case you ever wondered what computer viri, trojans, and such look like, visit Malwarez.

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Anonymous Bob@thenest said...

Having been the route of an infected machine several years ago (one got past Norton - nothing is perfect), I can both empathize and sympathize with the predicament. I'm really glad you got a closure on that thing.

Did Norton indicate the source or point of entry? If so, that might be good for others to know.

Welcome back to the world of healthy machine!

12:08 AM  
Blogger Wai said...

Have you gone into the registry yet and performed an "Alt+F" search for "Virtuemundo" and "Vundo" then delete those registry values?

Then do a "Ctrl+Alt+Del" and see what processes are running and do a Google search of the ones that look suspicious.

Anyway, that's what I suggest, since NIS 2009 caught two instances of Vundo, that means it's still loading when you turn on your system. It's probably in the registry.

12:48 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Wai, it's starting to look like you are correct......... Maybe I shouldn't speak too soon.

SpyBot S&D found two registery threats, deleted them. It seems the Alt+F function isn't operable.

NIS09 allows for custom scans I have set up a custom scan of system 32 (where Vundo resides) to initiate every day.

One thing is good, NIS09 seems to be managing the problem to the point that it would be unnoticeable if I wasn't checking into it.

3:27 AM  
Blogger Wai said...

Sorry, my bad, it's "Ctrl+F" for the search box to pop up in Regedit

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not to be a whiner or anything, but if you had a Mac, you would sit and read this and ask, "what on earth is he talking about"

9 years on the internet,

one mal ware.

no virus's, none.

Home protection, none, no firewalls, no proxies, nothing.

It simply works,

Mac,

2:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quote "9 years on the internet,

one mal ware.

no virus's, none.

Home protection, none, no firewalls, no proxies, nothing.

It simply works,

Mac"

You just cursed yourself.

1:56 PM  
Blogger mjd said...

I echo the Mac sentiment. While it's true that Windows users ought to be able to expect better, I always get a kick out of reading about people's constant uphill battles against worms, trojans, virii, etc. My Mac just works, and isn't really exposed to this kind of BS. While I agree that virus creators probably target Windows more aggressively for marketshare reasons, the Mac system architecture is also more fundamentally secure, so I feel that it will remain more secure even as it becomes more popular. After struggling for years and years with various issues in different versions of Windows, switching to Mac was a breath of fresh air -- I don't need to survey different versions of antivirus, spyware removal or firewall software.. it just works. Whether I am using it on a home network or public network or whatever is irrelevant to me -- I can turn it on anywhere and just *use* it, not fight against it trying to accomplish something. They may or may not be more expensive, but I spent about $850 on my laptop and have been using it daily for a few years now and certainly feel like I've gotten my money's worth out of it. If it took a crap on me tomorrow, I wouldn't really have anything bad to say about Apple, and would probably end up purchasing another. Until Microsoft makes massive strides in software security and usability, I cannot foresee any reason to ever switch back, either.

Just my $.02..

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Macs get infected too, and when they do nobody knows what to do because they are silly little things that nobody understands. If you still use Brylcreem, get a Mac.

8:17 PM  

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