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Wed Jul 05, 2006 10:41 pm Reply and quote this post
There is a new virus circulating via MSN Messenger. It sends a message to a contact saying:

"Is this your profile?: [LINK]"

When the link is clicked, the virus is downloaded onto the contact's computer. The virus sends similar messages to other contacts, allowing it to spread rapidly. I currently have this virus, but am experiencing no problems - others have had been unable to sign in to Messenger.

Keep an eye out for this new virus, and don't click on any links!!

BTW, if anyone knows how to get rid of this, I would be really grateful if you could tell me - I currently have the following Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware/Firewall software installed, but am unsure if they are able to detect the virus.

Norton Antivirus
Ewido Anti-Malware
ZoneAlarm
Ad-Aware
Spybot: Search and Destroy
Windows Defender
jv16 PowerTools
AVG Free Edition
a-Squared Free Edition


Last edited by Andy on Thu Jul 06, 2006 12:00 am; edited 1 time in total

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Wed Jul 05, 2006 11:58 pm Reply and quote this post
I haven't heard of any new viruses lately and I haven't had any problems using the new windows live messanger so far. Ill keep my eyes open  though I use Norton Internet  Security 2006 with Norton Antivirus 2006.
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Thu Jul 06, 2006 12:43 pm Reply and quote this post
Zonealarm detected a virus like this from MSN as a malware attack. I then scanned with ad-aware which found it on my harddrive and removed that. Although i had to go into my regitry to remove is fully as it managed to get recreated over and over because it had made a registry. So look throught your history. then scan with ad aware
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Thu Jul 06, 2006 12:50 pm Reply and quote this post
Well I ran all the above programs and the problem has stopped... *touches wood*
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Thu Jul 06, 2006 5:46 pm Reply and quote this post
Ad-Aware should remove it; and I have over 500 contacts (well over the limit ); and have never had any problems; sometimes you get the Emoticon Auto Messengers at the start of conversations; I have seen those, and they are easily removed by Ad-Aware, if not, a simple Registy Edit can solve it (Removing the entry), or using msconfig.

To remove the IM Messenger Automessage:
1. Close Messenger.
2. Goto 'Start' then 'Run' and type 'msconfig'. A new window should appear.
3. Click on the tab at the top right that says 'Startup'.
4. Untick the box next to 'IM-Names'. (If you cannot find it skip this task)
5. Click 'ok' and when it asks if you want to restart your computer say no.
6. Press 'Ctr' + 'Alt' + 'Del'. Find the processthat says 'IM-Names' and click End Task.

This site is excellent; and is not a virus! http://www.happy-messaging.com/messenger/virus/

About your particular problem:
http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.chod.d.html
http://forums.happy-messaging.com/discus/messages/35/5424.html

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