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Free ZoneAlarm and Blackworm

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by jparr111, Feb 2, 2006.

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  1. jparr111

    jparr111 Thread Starter

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    I received an email from ZoneAlarm that said I will not be protected from Blackworm if I'm using the FREE version of ZoneAlarm. I DO use the FREE version. Is this something I need to worry about or just THEM trying to get me to buy?
     
  2. bordercollie

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    I have also received this email. I was just going to open a thread asking the same question as yourself. In the email it told me that on Friday 3rd February an email would be sent out with this virus. I suppose the answer to this is don't open any emails unless you know who they are from. Just delete anything which looks suspicious. As an example - my husband went into a website twelve months ago thinking it was a genuine plumbing website, to ask a question about our central heating. It was actually a 'verbal soft porn' type of thing. He received a reply which caused his eyeballs to freewheel LOL. He showed it to me and I immediately realised what type of site it was (how he hadn't sussed it out is beyond me but ....) To cut a long story short - after this he received numerous emails and opened some of them and bingo they were viruses etc. He caused a whole lot of problems on the PC which eventually had to have a complete rebuild ! 12 months later he still receives loads of emails with attachments and now I have to go into his emails daily and delete all the ones which look suspicious. I don't open anything at all unless I know who it is or it is something I am expecting. I use the free Zone Alarm and have no problems, However, I think it stinks that Zone Alarm are sending out this email and frightening people into buying the Professional version. (n) If this is their sales tactic then its a bit much :(
     
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  5. jparr111

    jparr111 Thread Starter

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    I'm not sure I'm going to trust attachments from anyone tomorrow. What if they got it and didn't know.?
     
  6. SIR****TMG

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    I'm not scared of it... i have BOCLEAN..............I'm protected
     
  7. hewee

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    He hee I say what ever is at that site is bad because it is blocked by my hosts file.

    Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites
    http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm

    As you can see most so called Anti-Spyware Products is bad and there are just a handful of Trustworthy Anti-Spyware Products ones.
    http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm#trustworthy

    I am not that smart and don't know if there is a way to tell if you got it or not.

    I wish I knew just what to look for but I don't.
    I have no chat programs and all the "File and print sharing" is off or unchecked.

    Don't open emails you are not sure of and don't open any attachments.

    http://www.dozleng.com/updates/index.php?showtopic=7998&hl=

    Hey your doing good SIR****TMG because it BOCLEAN finds it.
     
  8. SIR****TMG

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    Hey your doing good SIR****TMG because it BOCLEAN finds it....... yes hewee it does.......
     
  9. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten

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    I use FREE "ZoneAlarm" and I have NOT rec'd an e-mail from them. Perhaps the original poster rec'd a bogus e-mail.
    {redoak}
     
  10. hammer1

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    I han't opened an email attachment in eight months and no intention of doing so.
    Update all security features and programs daily, and just to be absolutely sure, just before midnight I lit seven candles and danced around a dead cat.:( :( :(
     
  11. TOGG

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    No ZA email here either!

    If you have an up to date AV you shouldn't have any worries about this worm; http://forums.techguy.org/all-other-software/439362-blackworm.html

    Just out of curiosity I ran the Symantec tool yesterday and it found nothing, as I knew it wouldn't, because NOD 32's heuristics were stopping this 2/3 weeks ago.
     
  12. lotuseclat79

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    Hi jparr111,

    Obviously a tatic to get you to upgrade if you run ZA free - which I do, and didn't get the email - gee I feel left out :( !

    Since Blackworm is transmitted by email (every 3rd of month) by attachment, one thing you can always do with any attachment besides opening it - is:
    1) Save it to disk
    2) Scan the file with your AV
    3) Upload the file to http://virusscan.jotti.org where about a dozen or so AVs will get a crack at it and deliver their findings - you can then be sure of one of two things:
    a) If all of them find nothing, you should still take the precaution that it may be a new malware for which a signature has not yet been found (unlikely, but always possible that you are the first recipient of such a pest).
    b) trust the findings and open the attachment (if and only if) it is from a (trusted) friend that has no grudge against you (that you know of).

    Cheers,

    -- Tom

    P.S. I have my AV set to do the following when a virus is found:
    1) disinfect, i.e. clean
    2) quarantine
    3) User can elect to remove quarantined items
     
  13. jparr111

    jparr111 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for all the input.
     
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    Just don't open any email messages that have something to do with porn or kama sutra and you should be fine.

    Also, it is known that the attachment of these emails are in .PIF format, so DO NOT OPEN THAT ATTACHMENT!!!

    You should be fine. (y)
     
  15. hewee

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    File Extension Details for .PIF

    http://filext.com/detaillist.php?extdetail=.PIF&Search=Search

    Wow the hole they are using is very old. :eek: :rolleyes:
     
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