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We Got Attacked By A Driveby! WARNING! Don't Open The Program!

Real Estate Agent with The Gasset Group & Get It Done For Me Virtual Services 13253167-SA00

Yep, attacked by a driveby, a driveby virus that is! If you have not seen me around commenting and returning comments as I normally do is because every moment of not being on the phone selling and listing has been on one of our computers defending ourselves from this nasty driveby.

virus attack identity theftIt came in through the back door and slipped past our AVG Virus Scanner and Detector. Our defenses were all on and working and this nasty virus slipped through.

Be aware of this scam, the virus part of this scam is the tip of the iceberg. What it really wants is your identity!

Watch out for any strange programs that appear on your computer.

I am just working on my computer when suddenly I get a notice that I have 1400 viruses on my computer. There is a little icon at the bottom of my right tray that looks like a professional Microsoft logo and it says virus protection. Then it opens up on my screen and says again that I have all these viruses.

This program is called XP 2008 Anti Virus. Do not open this program! Do not buy this program! It is a great fake of Microsoft even to the little bricks for the firewall that Microsoft uses.

I click on the icon and the program opens up. It lists all the viruses my computer supposedly has and tells me that I need to clean the computer right away. There is no X at the top left to close the screen. I have to control alt delete to close the program. I then click on it again and click on the option to clean the program and it says you have to buy the anti virus. Well, I am not that stupid. I won't fall for that because I have AVG and I know AVG is the best anti virus software out there. Well, it is holding me hostage now. It will not close the screen until you buy the software.

So I control Alt delete, go to add and delete programs and try to delete this nasty little creep. He is undeletable! I then go to reset my restore point, he had already attacked my system restore and now I can not change my reset point.

Now I am getting mad! I am defending us from this drive by who not only is attacking our computer but is stealing my time! Not a good thing to do to me!

I call my IT friend who is very good at this stuff. He tells me I have to do the Safe mode thing and all the instructions to get rid of this nasty. He was telling me this is a new one that is getting in through the back door from a website. This virus attaches itself to a website that does not know it is there, then when you go to a particular website with this virus attached, he does his drive by. That is why it is called a drive by.

But the objective is not to attack you with a virus, it is not to get you to pay the $49, what it wants is far worse! IT WANTS YOUR IDENDTITY!

It holds you hostage until you get so frustrated that you will just pay the $49 to get rid of it and then guess what! It has your credit card number and your name and personal information. That is the game this plays. And you will never guess who is behind this. It is not some young punk who is out to wreak havoc on your computers but rather organized terrorists groups raising money for their operations. They are doing this worldwide. Don't think I am crazy. My IT guy has been in discussions with the attorney general's office about this and it is real.

This whole thing took my entire Saturday to get cleaned out! No comments, no return comments. It made me miss my Active Rain time!:(

I then went in to AVG and upgraded from the free version to the paid version so that I can access their live support in case I ever get another attempt at the drive by. There is no such thing as an Anti Virus that is 100%

Make sure when you are surfing the web that you are using Firefox as your browser. When you surf the internet and you get a list of sites to go to, Firefox puts a green checkmark next to the sites that are safe. One of my daughters did not know to use Firefox and was on my system using IE when this drive by happened. New rule in my house, no IE except for MLS and Point 2! That is is! Firefox only!

So DON'T open this XP 2008 Anti Virus! Don't get hit by a driveby!


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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Katerina, not a fun thing. Knock on wood, I have not had anything come by lately. Good Luck.

Aug 18, 2008 05:59 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Katerina, My last attack was years ago but no one was ever able to figure out what caused my computer to crash....I had 3 different microsoft techs come and it was just gone.  I have to see what anti virus protections I have now (but I did get LifeLock :)

Aug 18, 2008 07:02 AM
Ron Tarvin
Residential, Investment properties, rehab projects, property management, luxury homes, new construction! - Katy, TX
Broker, Katy, Houston, Cypress 77450,77494,77095

Wow...that's terrible!

It's amazing to me that someone sits around and actually TRIES to be destructive and write code like this...and also the identity theft thing too...so very sad.

Aug 18, 2008 02:23 PM
Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479
Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289 - Chattanooga, TN
Mortgage Loan Officer


So sorry to hear this.

My home desk top computer is fried by some virus, and a bunch of offers to install cleaning software. Have no idea how to clean it up. I can't even hardly get it to open up. Right now it is collecting dust. There is no way I will pay an internet company to clean the computer, when that company seems associated with the virus attack.

My problem is lost information, not lost time.

Any recommendations for one of those online hard drive back up services?


Aug 18, 2008 03:08 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Katerina:  I can't imagine being down for a day!  UGH!  $@^& viruses AND the people who get enjoyment out of infecting others! 

Ray is a big advocate of Mozilla as well and I just get hung up on IE b/c I start my day on MLS and just open new tabs instead of going to Mozilla--just an old habit that I'm trying to break--maybe you've given me some motivation to get off of that IE EARLY in the morning!

Signature.png Debe in Charlotte image by DebeMaxwell 

Aug 18, 2008 03:30 PM
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

Thanks we will keep and eye out for it. Sounds nasty

Aug 18, 2008 04:00 PM
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Orange County, CA

Katerina: Thank you for posting this warning. I have been looking into on-line back-up of my files - back-up of my back-up. It is so worrisome because many of us have our entire lives on our computers, personal and business. I'm sorry this happened to you but hopefully now you are back up and running normally.

Aug 18, 2008 04:12 PM
Yvette Smith
LONG & FOSTER - Williamsburg, VA
Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale


Boy I know that sucks!  I've gone through a virus thing before & it's totally frustrating.  Thank you so much for letting us know! 

Have a good one!

Aug 18, 2008 04:31 PM
Greg Dallaire
Dallaire Realty - Green Bay, WI
Green Bay Homes

Glad you posted this for everyone thankfully you are good with computers and have friends that can help.  Alot of people probably would have fallen for that trap.

These people have so much time to  waste making people's lives miserable wouldn't it be nice if they did something positive for the world.

Aug 18, 2008 04:41 PM
Katerina Gasset
The Gasset Group & Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Provo, UT
Amplify Your Real Estate & Life Dreams!

Everyone- Thank you all for your support and sympathies! I sure appreciate all of your comments. I am not sure that I will be able to return each comment this week because of the time I lost this weekend having to clean up this virus attack instead of doing my favorite thing, commenting and reading the posts on your blogs.

Many of you are asking about online back up services. I found a really good one and I will write a post about it. It is a must have in this business. I LOVE our back up service!

Aug 18, 2008 05:02 PM
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Hi Katerina - There is always something new to worry about. What a pain in the neck! Thanks for keeping us informed.

Aug 19, 2008 12:45 AM
Michael Sahlman
www.HomesForVIPs.com - Keller Williams Realty - Miami Beach, FL
e-PRO - Miami Beach Florida Luxury Homes

I have to remember to make sure we make the switch to Firefox very soon. Sounds like it is a lot safer.

Aug 19, 2008 01:21 AM
Kim Peasley-Parker
AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc. - Sumter, SC

My husband got a virus last week and had to take his computer to the shop.  They told him his anti-virus had a virus.  Glad it all worked out for you. 

Aug 19, 2008 12:38 PM
Paul Jones
Kansas City Regional Homes - Olathe, KS
PIC Properties - Kansas & Missouri

I hate these things.  I remember about two years ago, I got a virus.  It took my wife forever to clean this and still at the end of the day we had to reinstall everything.  It was a terrible day.  Thank goodnes we were able to get at all the important files and get them on Cd before we had to reinstall.  Always get prtected with a viurs protection it is worth every penny you pay.  It will only happend to you one time.

Aug 19, 2008 02:37 PM
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Katerina~ Thanks so much for taking the time out to give us this warning! 

Aug 20, 2008 03:33 AM
Seth Callen
Layered Artwork XChange - Oklahoma City, OK

Good post.  I got hit with a version of this about 3 months ago.  Pretty much the same virus.  It took me about half a day to get it cleaned up.

Aug 20, 2008 03:41 AM
Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell

I personally use Avira. It is free and is currently ranked the best there is by http://www.av-comparatives.org/ That site is the only site that independently ranks AV programs. They prevent me from showing you the results but you can go there yourself. The best thing you can do to protect yourself is make sure it is up to date and also install a software firewall. The one that comes with windows is basically useless. With a software firewall even if you are infected it will block any outgoing traffic which renders helpless trojans etc.

Aug 20, 2008 04:32 AM
Jim Polhemus
Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Beach Real Estate

I had this same program attack my computer. It seems they attach the program to something ismple and seemingly harmless, like asking you to upgrade your flash player, or some other useful program on your computer. It changes several major settings in your computers registry that will try to block you from removing it. It's a total pain, and one of the most troublesome malware programs that I've seen.


  If you get attacked by this program do a search for "remove antivirusxp 2008" and you should find some help. There is a new version of this just for Vist, also.

Aug 20, 2008 05:36 AM
Venancio Gonzalez
Windermere Kelso/Longview - Longview, WA
Longview WA Real Estate Broker - 360-751-4001

Katerina, thanks for the warning. I have been fighting a similar issue for couple weeks now, I think I will end up taking my computer to the shop.

Aug 20, 2008 07:22 PM
Judy Greenberg
Compass - Long Grove, IL
Compass- Long Grove -Buffalo Grove

Time to buy a back up program- because to me  the hours of data are way more important than the computer itself...  Thanks again.

Aug 21, 2008 12:29 AM