Just as I replied to another member who voiced a similar concern via the ATS contact@ email address:
We pay for a service which constantly scans both the servers and our ad
networks to ensure a safe, clean virus-free environment for our users.
The majority of 'fake fraud alerts', 'we scanned your system and found all
of these infections' come via email and often lie dormant .... awaiting a
random trigger point to activate them. The 'trigger point' can be anything
from a certain date/time to even waiting for your web browser to access a
given domain or URL.
This makes it quite difficult to determine their Actual point of origin,
which typically leaves the user to suspect they came from a particular
website or what have you.
My suggestion would be to download and run 'ComboFix'.
It is an anti-malware software designed specifically to detect and eradicate
these type 'faux infections' ... as well as any rootkits which may be present on the
You can download it from the following link:
This is a direct download link for ComboFix
Download and Save it to your desktop.
Then double-click the icon to run the program.
When asked if you wish to download/install the Windows Recovery Console,
you can but it's not necessary.
Other than that ... just follow the prompts ... nd allow it to run through
Thoroughly until you're presented with the log file it will creat upon
Depending upon the level or extent of 'infection' it may need to restart
your system and run again - LET IT.
You'll be back up and running, clean as a whistle, in about 20-30 minutes.
Let me know if you have any questions or need further assistance.
On a side note:
I'm on the site about 12-14 hrs a day and have never had any issues regarding attempted hijacks, downloads of malicious codes or software or anything
else that would seem suspicious in nature.
Yet here I sit, for nearly the past year and a half, running virtually 'naked' on the web
Windows XP Pro
Absolutely NO anti-anything software
and Absolutely NO windows updates aside from Service Pack 2 (which came with this particular xp pro release)
I'm not going to tell anyone, "Oh. It must be your machine" ... but given all of the above you would think this machine would be but a mere
paperweight by now - Nope ... runs like a champ.
Actually, I had to download the latest Combo Fix ver the other day to run on a client's PC.
So I decided, "What the hey!? I'll run it on mine too." If only for the lulz.
clean as a whistle, nothing was found nor detected.
edit on 8/16/2011 by 12m8keall2c because: (no reason given)