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 Beware MonaRonaDona antivirus scam

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:27 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Just got this info sent to my in-box.

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/030308-monaronadona-scam.html


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f your computer gets infected with a Trojan called the "MonaRonaDona virus," be careful with what you use to wipe it off your computer, says antimalware software provider Kaspersky Lab. MonaRonaDona is part of an elaborate scam to sell fake antivirus software, Kaspersky researchers say


Seems that this virus will blatantly announce itself on your computer and then when you google for removal
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to find out more about it, only to find fake online stories and bogus commentary that instruct victims to use fake antivirus tools the prominent one being called Unigray, available from the Unigray.com Web site, for about $39.00


From a security standpoint this is pretty interesting in that a virus is used as the hook for an actual scam.

Hmm, aside from phishing pages can anyone else come up with examples of this kind of thing?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:59 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

unigray.com:
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We're sorry, but the website you are trying to access is currently undergoing system maintenance. Please try again at a later time.


I know some time ago there were some in-the-wild viruses, that encrypted some files in your computer. The virus asked the user to send money to the distributer of the virus, to get the password for unlocking your files.
Basically it was blackmailing...but the scheme is just so ironic; you have to pay to get your files decrypted.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:52 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

This is slightly less obvious... at least to the typical scam victims. They don't realize the people they're paying are the ones who created the virus.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 11:29 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Stoker Thompson wrote:
... can anyone else come up with examples of this kind of thing?


Sure.

95% of all television ads for non-perscription drugs.

The ads create the need. Nobody really needs most of them. Just live healthier, it's a lot cheaper.

Are you regular? Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 11:38 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

^^^^^^ Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:52 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Yes!

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 1:02 am Reply with quoteBack to top

kleindoofy wrote:
95% of all television ads for non-perscription drugs.


I once heard it said that Americans have the most expensive urine on Earth. Laughing

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 2:27 am Reply with quoteBack to top

This type of scam has been going on for ages. Just a different form of it. In fact, there was a registry scanner scam that used Active Desktop and some reg tweaks to "warn" you that "spyware" may be present in your PC and it automatically linked to a website that was magically the correct remedy for it. It was a nasty virus too, locked you out of Add/Remove Programs, Desktop Settings, and kept re-adding itself to the startup. the best thing I can recommend to remedy this problem quickly is to download the crappy software, let it do its trial scan, and once it reveals the location of the file/registry keys, manually delete them. This is what I did and thigns returned to normal.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:02 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Removal instructions
http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r20082590-MonaRonaDona-virus

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Americans have the most expensive urine on Earth.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:58 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

^^Mne's worth probably $60.00 and oz on the black market! Laughing
And have I got an anti-anti-virus program for you....

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