I’m concerned. Today while researching the Hallmark card and postcard.exe virus, I got these results on Google.
The highlighted result in the middle leads to a download site for Windows XP Antivirus 2008/2009, a rogue Antivirus that is really a deadly virus for your computer. I mean a nasty.
So this is the dramatic scenario, my innocent ducklings, you receive a Hallmark card or other e-card e-mail. You know you are not supposed to open attachments on e-mails especially those ending with .exe or .dll but on this e-mail there are none. So you feel safe. There is a link, however, for you to see the Hallmark card (or other e-card) someone sent you. You click the link. Instead of an ecard, your computer fills with the Hallmark card virus, and depending on what variant you download, a pretty bad virus.
Your computer is now looking and acting strange. You’re worried. You search online for solutions. You search for “Hallmark card virus removal”. You get results such as the ones above. You may luck out and click Ducktoes or another legitimate antispyware site or you may click a link to the fraudulent rogue anti-virus Windows XP Antivirus 2008/2009 above. Immediately your computer starts to fill with an even more lethal virus. So now you have one bad virus and one very bad virus.
The fraudulent website looks like this:
Now Ms. Ducktoes has to go to her day job fixing computers and get back to this later. Please be careful until then. Let me know what’s happening to your computer right now, so I have more information on what new variants there are and the type of frustation and problems you’re having, so I can help you more effectively.
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And the virus removal techniques in yesterday’s post about How to Fix Vundo in Safe Mode should also be quite effective agains the Hallmark Card and Windows XP Anti-virus. Give them a try. Until later.
Also I’m curious. What spyware or virus are you struggling with right now? Or if you don’t know, what symptoms do you have? I invite your comments. Comment here.
I went to this site for the very purpose Ms. Ducktoes stated.
As soon as that screen came up< i recognized it for what it was, and (1)immediately closed that window (I use Avant Browser); and (2)closed the browser itself.
Thereupon, I checked my defenses. Avast Antivirus revealed no unusual activity, and nothing new in the virus chest. Threatfire showed nothing happened. Windows Defender concurred, informing me all was well.
To further put my mind at ease, I did a system scan on Avast, which, upon completion, said I was OK.
My recommendation, FWIW, is, if you come across this page, or others like it, get out immediately. If in doubt, shut down the system at once. The, upon rebooting, do a full, thorough scan, and take whatever action your virus/antispyware program says to take.
I say all this as an non-professional, but I’ve had a lot of experince with virii, on both my machines and other people’s machines.
The best thing you can do is educate yourself – as much as possible! Then act to make your computer an impregnable castle!
Excellent comment and smart response to malware site! Thank you, Raybo.
Great! Thank you!
I always wanted to write in my site something like that. Can I take part of your post to my blog?
Of course, I will add backlink?
Regards, Timur I. Alhimenkov
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