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New? Phone scam......

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by paulmaharg, Feb 14, 2004.

  1. paulmaharg

    paulmaharg New Member

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    Hi all,

    My neighbour came to me very upset and REALLY wanted help.
    He had received a letter from BT advising him of unusually high phone use. Turns out to be £500 in 1 week.

    His computer was dialling out to the Caymen Islands every now and again.
    I got him to put a firewall and up to date anti virus stuff on it and they found 2 lots of virus, and killed them. It appears that 3 attempts were made to access his computer via a back door (now firewalled) since putting on the firewall. They were looking for a file called FOFF370.tmp.
    I have renamed this file. BT have put a block on all international numbers from his phone line.

    Thing is that 'something' is still trying to dial out. Even if I remove the 'New Connection' from the dial-up in control panel it re-appears after a couple of minutes.

    Anyone have any ideas?

    Paul
     
  2. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    Hi Paul,

    I've heard of folks being hit by this sort of malicious malware. One guy I knew got hit by a dialler that altered the dial-up no. to a premium rate one, then re-directed his browser to default to a porn site. It almost cost the guy his marriage - not funny.

    Have you tried running Adaware on his machine ? That should find and delete all sorts of spyware and related nasties from his PC.

    Hope that helps.
     
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  3. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

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    Spyware, don't you just lve it?

    Adaware or I tend to use Spybot as I find it digs deeper into the system, it's free and easily updated.

    HTH
     
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  4. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    Nice one AJ - would the two sit OK on one computer, for the sake of comparing them ?

    Just wondering, as I've always just used Adaware :hhhmmm
     
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  5. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

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    I know that Spyware does advise you that Adaware is installed and that the 2 do not work well together. But that is from memory. as to working together.


    Never used the 2 at the same time, so I guess that is up to the user!!
     
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