uTorrent Website InfectedAdded: Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Last week uTorrent site announced that their servers have been targeted by malware. At the same time, the main BitTorrent website was also believed to have been targeted, but later such worries were put to rest.
The website’s administrators shut down their servers 2 hours after the start of the attack in order to prevent further damages.
The website reported that they have completed preliminary testing of the malware, which turned out to be called “Security Shield”. After installation it launched and popped up notifications of virus detection. Afterward, it prompted users for payment if they wanted to remove the virus. That’s why everyone who downloaded software from uTorrent website on Thursday morning is recommended to run a security scan of their PC.
The company assured that it takes the security of their systems and the safety of their consumers quite seriously, and therefore sincerely apologized to any consumers who appeared to be affected. Meanwhile, BitTorrent Inc. clarified that the malware only affected those users who downloaded applications from www.utorrent.com or www.bittorrent.com early Thursday morning. Those who previously downloaded the software located on the website were not affected.
The company has also published removal instructions for the infected file. It explained that this particular piece of malware renamed itself as a different.exe file each time it installed on a new computer. That’s why the user needs to determine the file name first. In order to do so, they are recommended to visit one of the File Directories on their Windows hard drive, depending on operation system they run.
If you use Windows XP, then click Start, Run, and then type in %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data. You’ll see the file named [random].exe.
If you use Windows Vista or Windows 7, then click Start and type in %localappdata% in the search box. You’ll see the file named [random].exe.
In order to delete the found file, you have to make sure to kill the application first, so you are recommended to open your Task Manager with Control-Alt-Delete, then select your own [random].exe, click “End Process” and “Yes.” After this you need to select the file name and press Delete. Finally, empty your trash.
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Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
|posted by (2011-09-21 12:44:45)|
|posted by (2011-09-21 13:15:44)|
|Still Running with no problems|
|posted by (2011-09-21 13:20:15)|
|Before you download any software, or alter the state of your computer, you should create a restore point. This way if anything happens you can return the computer to how it was before you took the action. And if you are always changing the state of yor computer you can set it to automatically create a restore point at a certain time of the day, week etc. Google "create restore point" to learn how to do it if you cant!|
|posted by (2011-09-21 14:58:26)|
|i have to laugh at these types of "virus's" how many people are actually stupid enough to enter card details into something they dont know i wonder??|
i've removed quite a few of these in my time from customers computers, quite simply really
thanks for the info SaM
|posted by (2011-09-21 18:38:15)|
|Thank you SaM, it always amazes me that people sit around and figure out these virus's to scam the public.Imagine what they could do if they put their ability's to good use.|
|LINUX! LINUX LINUX! LINUX! LINUX! how many people still don't get it. install ubuntu and forget about viruses or av software! There are tons of nice torrent software like "transmission" "ktorrent" and "deluge" which will always stay an not go partially shareware like utorrent.|
|@ Dreamer111 Have you read " from the 16th of september.|
|posted by (2011-09-21 19:44:10)|
|This ransomeware also hides and reloads. It also stops any program loading if the account infected is Administrator. It is not an attack - it is loaded via an advert served by Google advertising using a tinyURL, what advert unknown. (PC infected had our webpage with only advertisements from Google, refresh every 30 seconds, a Zen CSS3 garden). No virus checker traps it, Spybot S&D does not see it. After two reloads and a hard disk wipe my bosses parents PC is still infected - XP Pro, but the admin account! I would also say emptying the internet cache as well before rebooting is the missing stage to the above.|
|oh it wont link ..."Linux Hit by Malware" is the article on september 16,|
Not ALL viruses and Malware can be treated with your suggestion for cure.
A good anti-virus and MalwareBytes has done the trick for me.
|windows is still more user friendly and can do more with it than linux|
|Demonlord has it right. Personally, I think Linux is great but Windows is just more polished than Linux at the moment. It pains me to say this but I would go to Mac before switching to Linux full time.|
|@jibbajabba, you're crazy, ubuntu is a great operating system, although maybe not quite as polished as windows, however kubuntu is rated the number one desktop environment in the world for a reason, smooth interface, great feel, and none of the security risks windows has.|
|posted by (2011-09-24 23:42:58)|
|whats the world coming to||
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