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Old 11-14-2008, 06:03 PM   #1
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Here is a follow-up to the previous thread or getting a Virus from WI:

One of the initial points I made concerning this virus was that I believe it might be delivered via the Flash plug-in (which is utilised on this site to display some Flash driven ads). As I also mentioned, recently a major website hosting firm has been dealing with this issue as well, trying to track down the malacious ads that are exploiting Flash Code. I believe Adobe is badly trying to play catch up plugging Flash holes while crafty viral writings are finding new opportunities in even the lastest (bug ridden) release...

NOTE: Please pay special attention at the bottom for instructions for disabling Flash on websites which support Flash Based Ads...

So, here is a bit more FYI -

Today's run of AVG 8.0 showed an infection on my system of the Adobe Macromedia 10 utility: FlashUtil10a.exe. This updater Flash utility was compromised by PSW.Generic6.AQPD. After the virus scan and removal of threats to vault and then deleted, I decided it would be wise to completely remove Flash from the system. To this end, I utilised Adobe's Flash removal utility: uninstall_flash_player.exe which you can download at Adobe. Also, I downloaded two archives: fp9_archive.zip and fp10_archive.zip. I figured I would either reinstall Flash 9 or Flash 10. But first, after the full flash uninstall, I decided to let AVG run one more time...
The downloaded (direct from Adobe) file: fp10_archive.zip is infected, four files for the windows Flash 10 player are infected with Trojan horse PSW.Generic6.AQPD. I do not know if the forced download you get at the Adobe site (if you install Flash 10 directly through the browswer) also delivers this virus.

This problem is also reported here:
http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.ph...&#entry1545090

The Flash Player 9 has several vulnerabilities to viruses, i.e. can be used to deliver viral infections, which is one of the reasons why Flash 10 was pushed. But it seems, Flash 10 is iteself bugged with a virus. Vulnerabilities of the Flash Player seem to increasingly be targeted as an entry point for the delivery of new viral infections, particularly of the trogan horse variant. Went back and installed Flash 9 (avail. on the Adobe site under Archieved Players for Testing - you have to look around in the zip to find the correct executable - not easy for the non-tech savvy.), I think I will stick with 9 a while longer. It is unexcusable that Adobe's new player package is virus riddled!!!

I suggest staying away from Flash 10 for the mean time. The Flash player is poked on most all sites with Flash based ads, and of course for many on-line type games, such as Webkinz World, Dizzywood, etc. Also, many video feeds, like youtube, are Flash driven. I believe Flash is becoming increasingly dangerous, and there is no reason to have it on sites which just use it to pump Flash based ads. I sugguest you disable Flash on these sites. This can easily be done (and re-enabled as needed) per the below instructions:

1, Click on the Tools Tab at the top right of IE7, then select Internet Options.
2. Now click on the Programs Tab.
3. Next Click on the Manage Add-Ons buttom at the bottom of the page.
4. In the list that populates, you should see "Shockwave Flash Object"
5. Click on this line, Now an option will be available below to Disable or Enable. Select Disable to lock out Flash.
6. Click Okay, you will then have to close down IE7, and restart. You should come up with NO Flash Banner ads.

Do the reverse to re-enable as needed.

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Okay, This is just a heads up on this issue. No finger pointing to WI. It is up to the individual user if it is an active concern when utilising WI... For me, my Shockwave Flash Object will remained disabled when on all sites I do not absolutely need it for...
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Old 11-14-2008, 06:07 PM   #2
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I've seen some people make threads about getting viruses, pop-ups or other things from WI, I'm not sure what's going on...Hm.
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Old 11-14-2008, 06:11 PM   #3
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well, i dont really understand half of this(i'm not this computer fluent), but i also thought i got a virus from WI. mabey this explains it.
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Old 11-14-2008, 06:14 PM   #4
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This is great information, but Webkinz requires flashplayer and this does not help us with our issues with Webkinz World.
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Old 11-14-2008, 06:25 PM   #5
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Thank you for this info, CmdrMic. AVG popped up with that exact same Trojan on my system this afternoon. I just installed Flash 10 a day or two ago.
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Old 11-14-2008, 07:29 PM   #6
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I disabled mine and now I have an icon that says this site( WI ) requires the hardware? It seems to be working fine, though!
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Old 11-14-2008, 07:38 PM   #7
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omg i didnt know that =/
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Old 11-14-2008, 07:49 PM   #8
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This is something that could be remedied by a PATCH provided by the Adobe Flashplayer. Yes there have been some sneaky beggars tagging along with the SWF's, so the remedy is this patch...
http://www.adobe.com/support/securit...apsb08-20.html
The release date was November the 5th..hope this helps you cmdrmic
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Old 11-14-2008, 07:55 PM   #9
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It's not a virus. You don't need to worry. We're having a problem with a particular ad on computers that are using Internet Explorer. If you use FireFox, or another internet browser, you won't get that error message.

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Actually, it does have to do with WI. First of all, I'd like to say once and for all, there are no viruses on WI, whether they be through the site or the ads.

The message you are seeing is due to a strange bug due to the interaction between Internet Explorer and one of our ad networks. I can't explain it, but I am working on it.. Basically, the way things work is we have an ad network try and find an ad to serve you. If it can't, it sends you to the next network, which is called a default.

For some reason, one of the ad networks doesn't actually execute the default when dealing with certain versions of internet explorer. Instead of executing the default file, it causes Internet Explorer to want to download it instead! Don't worry, it's nothing bad, not a virus or anything. Just click cancel, cause you won't be able to do anything with the file anyways! LOL
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Thanks for the great tip!
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