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## Steam Malware Issue

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Friday, November 14th 2014, 8:43am

Going to keep this thread somewhat productive... If anyone else needs these in the future, or is looking for a solid anti-malware program that is free, use these:

Malwarebytes | Free Anti-Malware & Internet Security Software

And for a second opinion: HitmanPro 3 - SurfRight

If you think a link is shady, or even if you just want to be careful after this whole thing, you can check URL links with this website. Simply switch to the URL tab, copy and paste in the URL, and then make sure you force it to update its scan, as the website may not have been checked recently.

This is an example of a well done virus, but of course, the obvious ones to look out for are any websites ending in .tk, .cf, .ga, .gq, or .ml.

And lastly, don't be an idiot, always have Windows Defender on. It's free, it's there when you install Windows, and it's low-impact on performance but serves as a final line of defense if ever needed.

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Friday, November 14th 2014, 9:06am

I never heard about Defender doing anything. But it might help some if you aren't exactly and IT guy I guess.

I had some weird problems last year where I was frequently getting some automated reminders from our ISP about some virus communicating from our IP address. I was going nuts, because no matter what I did, I never found anything. I used like 5 different tools to scan all of our PCs, I even installed full ESET and used it until the trial expired. Malwarebytes, specific tools (more than one) for that particular trojan (I think), nothing ever found anything. And I was still getting those shitty mails and had internet access blocked for brief moments. I even went as far as looking into the possibility of either the NAS or the router being somehow infected, but it turned false as well. I engaged in lenghty "discussion" with the incompetent monkey sitting in the ISP's office, and eventually concluded it was always a false alarm. I still do, however after some time I got so pissed off I reinstalled the OS on my PC, and surprisingly, never got a single warning since. It's been several months now.
I don't really know what to think, and even though I don't know much about all the security stuff at all, I believe I can keep my shit together. And yet, there's some evidence that maybe...
The reason I wrote this wall of text is that if you absolutely want to be sure your system is clean, you MUST reinstall (and reformat - never ever simply install the OS over the previous installation) the system. There are no exceptions whatsoever.

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Friday, November 14th 2014, 9:17am

@Octopuss

All very true. And for getting rid of a virus, sometimes the only way is a complete clean install of OS. The more important step is making sure you never get a virus in the first place. In a lot of cases you can run without any anti-virus software provided you know what to look for, and a lot of that can't necessarily be taught to other people because it's always changing.

On another note, even though its customer service has taken a pretty sharp decline, the free version of Avast! is still very good. I just recommend not buying the premium version like my dad did. Because unless you know how to call a lady on bullshit about normal windows errors that cannot (and don't need to be) fixed, they will nickel and dime you to death.

"It will only cost you \$99 for us to remove all of these errors from your computer, sir" -- That conversation was on speakerphone, big mistake for the woman on the other end who was remote controlling my dads PC.

As for Windows Defender... It's not a super great system, but it's there, and it's not like you have to go out of your way to use it because it's turned on by default. Having more chances to catch something is always better.

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Friday, November 14th 2014, 9:25am

If you know some basic stuff, it's really not that difficult to keep your system clean. I haven't used any antivirus for over 10 years, and this was the first time I had any problems (and not even very convincing). I still wouldn't suggest to do this for most people, though When I have some money to spare, I will buy ESET SS for the house anyway (it's not even that expensive if you buy multilicense for 3 years). Better safe than sorry.

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Friday, November 14th 2014, 10:04am

### Quoted from "yugas42"

As for Windows Defender... It's not a super great system

That's why i disabled it along with Windows' firewall.

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Friday, November 14th 2014, 6:04pm

@yugas42

Will keep that website handy

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Monday, November 17th 2014, 1:49pm

Hrm, seems like this is bit more widespread than I originally thought. One of my steam friend's account just tried to do the same to me.

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14:47 - [removed]: Hi bro see this ahahhaha prtn-screenshot.com/lolsmem.png

Only one of the virustotal's scans return as malwareish so this seems rather fresh.
• 3VerstsNorth - Analysis of game mechanics in BF4 (tickrates, effects of tickrate, etc)
• InterimAegis - Weapon comparisons/scoring.
• leptis - Analysis of shotguns, recoil, recoil control and air drag.
• Veritable - Scoring of BF4/BF1 firearms in terms of usability, firing and other mechanics.
• pmax - Statistical analysis of BF4 players/games.
• Miffyli - Random statistical analysis of BF4 battlereports/players and kill-distances. (list is cluttered with other threads).
Sorry if your name wasn't on the list, I honestly can't recall all names : ( . Nudge me if you want to be included

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Monday, November 17th 2014, 2:08pm

### Heya

Meh just don't click stupid links
"I put aside a few sceptics, the types of decency in the history of philosophy: the rest haven't the slightest conception of intellectual integrity."
Friedrich Nietzsche

Best of epic quotes

### Quoted from "Sheepnub"

Just realized it's 4/20 tomorrow

*Logs out of Symthic in preparation*

### Quoted from "LeGarcon"

Hardline is a fun and sometimes silly Cops and Robbers sorta thing and I think that's great. Or it would be if it didn't suck.

### Quoted from "Miffyli"

>littlebird passanger, semi-auto frag rounds
>gunship OP

Meanwhile at DICE-headquarters during BF4's release:

### Quoted from "Aenonar"

I'm pretty sure there's a massive post-it on every desk "DON'T FUCKING TOUCH ANYTHING THAT IS ACTUALLY DOING WHAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE DOING"

UCAV:

### Quoted from "crashmatusow"

"Hey guys remember how stupid prenerf mav was?"

### Quoted from "The World Champion"

The World Champion went to China once.

They called me a Gweilo.

So I kicked a big fucking hole in their wall and let all the Mongolians in.

just thought I'd share.

### Quoted from "ViperFTW"

The thought of Assaults running out of ACE 23 rounds mid firefight, Engineers facing the rear of an unaware MBT with no rockets left, Recons unable to...Whatever the fuck they do. These are the things that keep me up at night

### Quoted from "Oscar"

I don't know what's funnier, the video itself of the fact that an unlisted video has more views than most of your normal videos

### Quoted from "Sheepnub"

...

You just live to hit people upside the noggin with a Math Bomb, don't you?

### Quoted from "rainkloud"

[context] Maybe it's the UK's overly aggressive porn filter at work. After all, it does have the word "monkey" in it and monkeys have been known to have sex so...

### Quoted from "C0llis"

Previously, at DICE HQ:
"Ok guys, the password is "epic dream worlds"; everyone take a letter and do your best to turn it into into something random that we can put into a picture!"

### Quoted from "Nick 30075"

I assume a functional game (BF4) also.

Aww!
*pinches cheeks*
So cute!

### Quoted from "NoctyrneSAGA"

But but but

There's no way he doesn't know what he's talking about

Up and down. Bounce all around

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Monday, November 17th 2014, 2:20pm

### Quoted from "NoctyrneSAGA"

It really is quite frustrating when Helen Keller sets up her LMG in the only doorway in/out of an area.

### Quoted from "Watcher-45"

What kind of question is that? Since when is cheese ever a bad idea?

### Quoted from "LeGarcon"

Hardline is a fun and sometimes silly Cops and Robbers sorta thing and I think that's great. Or it would be if it didn't suck.

I pity the wool

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Monday, November 17th 2014, 2:35pm

"I put aside a few sceptics, the types of decency in the history of philosophy: the rest haven't the slightest conception of intellectual integrity."
Friedrich Nietzsche

Best of epic quotes

### Quoted from "Sheepnub"

Just realized it's 4/20 tomorrow

*Logs out of Symthic in preparation*

### Quoted from "LeGarcon"

Hardline is a fun and sometimes silly Cops and Robbers sorta thing and I think that's great. Or it would be if it didn't suck.

### Quoted from "Miffyli"

>littlebird passanger, semi-auto frag rounds
>gunship OP

Meanwhile at DICE-headquarters during BF4's release:

### Quoted from "Aenonar"

I'm pretty sure there's a massive post-it on every desk "DON'T FUCKING TOUCH ANYTHING THAT IS ACTUALLY DOING WHAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE DOING"

UCAV:

### Quoted from "crashmatusow"

"Hey guys remember how stupid prenerf mav was?"

### Quoted from "The World Champion"

The World Champion went to China once.

They called me a Gweilo.

So I kicked a big fucking hole in their wall and let all the Mongolians in.

just thought I'd share.

### Quoted from "ViperFTW"

The thought of Assaults running out of ACE 23 rounds mid firefight, Engineers facing the rear of an unaware MBT with no rockets left, Recons unable to...Whatever the fuck they do. These are the things that keep me up at night

### Quoted from "Oscar"

I don't know what's funnier, the video itself of the fact that an unlisted video has more views than most of your normal videos

### Quoted from "Sheepnub"

...

You just live to hit people upside the noggin with a Math Bomb, don't you?

### Quoted from "rainkloud"

[context] Maybe it's the UK's overly aggressive porn filter at work. After all, it does have the word "monkey" in it and monkeys have been known to have sex so...

### Quoted from "C0llis"

Previously, at DICE HQ:
"Ok guys, the password is "epic dream worlds"; everyone take a letter and do your best to turn it into into something random that we can put into a picture!"

### Quoted from "Nick 30075"

I assume a functional game (BF4) also.

Aww!
*pinches cheeks*
So cute!

But but but