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Is it really true that there is a new program that exploits the three fingered salute? Pretty much a worm tiggered when the user hits CTRL ALT DEL. Not really ...
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    Can Anyone confirm something for me


    Is it really true that there is a new program that exploits the three fingered salute? Pretty much a worm tiggered when the user hits CTRL ALT DEL. Not really destructive, just irritating because drains system resources, but it propagates.

    A friend of mine, lets just keep it simple and call him a cyber vigilantte, found an interesting file on his system that he didn't put there. Cracked it open and took a look at it, found out what it does. He's worried a more vindictive SOB will re-write it to be more dangerous.

    Has anyone else heard of this or has my over paranoid friend infected me with false alarm syndrome? I ask here because you guys(and gals) have given me the best computer advice I've gotten anywhere.

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    I don't keep up with MS Windows malware. It comes out too often in too much volume.
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    yes it's possible, when i used windows i replaced the default program executed through the keystroke combination in the registry with my own process control program

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    My friends biggest worry is that because it's so simple, it could possibly be ignored by AV progs. Most of the functions/commands it uses are so generic, that to block this could essentially lock a computer completely.

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    Does he have an Anti-virus installed? That should get rid of it. If he can't manually delete the offending file.
    If there is no AV installed on the machine, go to www.trendmicro.com
    There he can do a free scan of his machine, and it will fix the errors.
    It requires Internet Explorer though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by budman7
    Does he have an Anti-virus installed? That should get rid of it. If he can't manually delete the offending file.
    If there is no AV installed on the machine, go to www.trendmicro.com
    There he can do a free scan of his machine, and it will fix the errors.
    It requires Internet Explorer though.
    Does anyone else see the irony in this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by techieMoe
    Quote Originally Posted by budman7
    Does he have an Anti-virus installed? That should get rid of it. If he can't manually delete the offending file.
    If there is no AV installed on the machine, go to www.trendmicro.com
    There he can do a free scan of his machine, and it will fix the errors.
    It requires Internet Explorer though.
    Does anyone else see the irony in this?
    I do that is why I use slackware haha
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    I was hoping I wouldn't have to explain this.

    My friend has multiple computers set up. One which he calls FLY TRAP, is kept on, connected to the internet, completely open. He actually wants that computer to get infected. He studies viri, worms, and trojans. His ultimate dream is to someday make an antivirus program that self replicates and sends copies out to every computer it's connected to, checks for the virus it's based off, cleaning as needed, propagate again, then delete itself. In short he wants everyone to have some degree of protection whether they like it or not.

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    budman7 wrote:
    Does he have an Anti-virus installed? That should get rid of it. If he can't manually delete the offending file.
    If there is no AV installed on the machine, go to www.trendmicro.com
    There he can do a free scan of his machine, and it will fix the errors.
    It requires Internet Explorer though.

    Does anyone else see the irony in this?
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    Nice catch

    My friend has multiple computers set up. One which he calls FLY TRAP, is kept on, connected to the internet, completely open. He actually wants that computer to get infected. He studies viri, worms, and trojans. His ultimate dream is to someday make an antivirus program that self replicates and sends copies out to every computer it's connected to, checks for the virus it's based off, cleaning as needed, propagate again, then delete itself. In short he wants everyone to have some degree of protection whether they like it or not.
    This part sounds a little viral in itself

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    Even if I were still using Windows, I would not like a program like that.
    You have liitle enough responsibility for maintenance as it is using Windows.
    Almost everything is done for you.
    And then for somebody else to clean my computer for me.
    Windows users should be able to take some responsibility for keeping there machines clean, or pay somebody to keep it clean for them.

    Stop spoon-feeding them.

    TechieMoe, yes there is definitely irony there.
    Only Windows users need to bother going there.
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