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Solved All-Radio Malware attack

Discussion in 'General Security' started by Wallenberg, Aug 8, 2018.

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  1. Wallenberg

    Wallenberg Thread Starter

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    Many of you may well already know about the malware called "All-Radio". It is the most horrifying malware I have ever seen or can imagine. I am posting this thread in case anyone here ever gets infected and wants help to get it removed. There are two web sites that explain how to remove it. I followed the instructions in one of them and it seemed to work OK for me. Anyway, here the info and the links to the two sites that explain how to remove this malware.

    I was recently hit with the worst malware attack I have ever experienced. It's called the "All-Radio" attack because it pretends to be some kind of free radio that you can't get rid of no matter what.

    I found two web sites that explain this malware and explain how to get rid of it. They seemed to work OK for me. I finally got rid of it. I will include the links to those sites below. But I'd like to just include two paragraphs here to show you just what this thing contains. It is absolutely horrifying.

    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-all-radio-4.27-portable-infection
    https://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-all-radio-4-27-portable/

    How do you feel about malware that records all your keystrokes and steals your passwords? I had just paid some bills with my bank account and rushed to change the passwords to my accounts. But I'm still worried. Very worried.
     
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  2. dvk01

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    This doesn't appear to be a request for help with malware removal, so moved to general security
     
  3. Johnny-be-Good

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    Because it sounds so severe, I would think a complete reinstall of the OS and apps would be a more secure solution. And if you've used some shady software in the past, don't reinstall it.

    If you're using a NAT router, best to check that it's settings haven't been altered, especially the DNS.
     
  4. Wallenberg

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    I guess I posted this in the wrong forum. I have never before been infected with malware. This was the first time in more than 20 years.

    Thanks very much to all who replied. Thank you dvk01. Good article.

    I am marking this thread closed now and I hope none of you ever have to suffer this miserable infection.
     
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    Wallenberg,

    I've edited your post to include quote tags. Please use them when quoting from other sites to avoid confusion.
     
  7. Wallenberg

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    Oh gosh. I am absolutely not soliciting for business.
    I'm very sorry. I guess that is a quote of someone who belongs to one of the sites that contains the info on how to remove the attack.

    I was very rattled at the time I wrote that post and still am. I have never experienced an attack where it seemed they were recoring all my keystrokes in order to steal my passwords. I use an app called Auto Hotkey that enables me to create hotkeys that can be as simple or as complex as imaginable and I first noticed something was wrong when I pressed a key like "CTL-\" and instead of AHK translating that hotkey, I noticed my systems would shudder and shake and could not handle that in the usual way. That gave me a clue that something was very wrong.

    It is a horrible scary feeling to think someone is "watching over my shoulder" so to speak and is recording all the keystrokes I make. I think the one saving grace - the one thing that saved me - was that I never typed any sensitive keystrokes. I would just type the hotkeys and AHK would then do the translations. So, maybe the hackers could never figure out what my passwords were because I never actually typed them.

    But, it makes no sense for me to feel comfortable - as if I somehow outsmarted the hackers. I was the loser in this exchange - for sure. I'm going to have to be much more careful in the future - in many ways.

    I've always known that being forced to keep a list of passwords is a very dangerous thing to do. I recently saw a large corporation advertising they have a way that I don't have to remember or record any of my passwords. They have some new approach. Maybe they ask questions that only you know the answers and those answers enable them to "calculate" your passwords. I'm just guessing. But for the last few years, I have been becoming happier and happier with the latest technology and all the fabulous ways new technology has been helping me accomplish stuff. Now, I'm beginning to wonder just how good is it if some criminal in Asia can somehow steal all my info and dip into my bank accounts and steal my money and steal my identity.

    It's enough to make me cry. Honest. I'm feeling really terrible. Very frightened and very disillusioned with the current state of technology.

    I really don't know what to do.
     
  8. Wallenberg

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    I will do that Cookiegal. Sorry for the trouble and thank you much.
     
  9. Johnny-be-Good

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    I used MS Windows for many years for Internet access. I quit with Win 7 for several reasons, the constant assaults by malware and hackers being one of them.
    But consider the reality that no operating system is 100% safe , some just safer than others and probably no safer than the user's habits.

    Here's a suggestion that I use for Internet access.

    I learned how to use a Linux distribution that boots an entire system off of a DVD. Once booted, with the DVD then removed, no malware can be saved.
    The session can still be infected, but a reboot returns a pristine system.

    Of course, it is something new to learn and it's not the same as MS Windows.

    I currently use a distribution called TahrPup. XenialPup is another slightly newer version of Puppy that's become popular and I use it also.

    The costs are minimal. The distributions a free download, so the only cost is the DVD.
    Some users prefer installing to a USB flash drive. I prefer the DVD install.

    This is an option to consider as an alternative.
    It isn't for everyone and MS software doesn't run on it.
    There is no 'hand holding' as Microsoft provides. There are however, help sites you can seek out, TSG has a limited amount, but help is here also.

    I do still use Win 7 offline, but never on the Internet anymore.
    Linux, essentially you get out of it, the efforts you put into it.
    It's worked well for me. :)
     
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