Linked by David Adams on Fri 25th Sep 2009 16:17 UTC
Bugs & Viruses A non-OSNews-reader asks: "I've got 5 PCs that I'm trying to use to train disadvantaged young people. The problem is they are riddled with viruses and a firewall blocks me from updating them. The people in charge of maintaining the PCs won't fix them or give me the admin password (Win XP) to let me install a new or updated antivirus. The centre is being shut down in a few months. If they were working, I could still do a lot with them, so I've been looking for a good online virus scan - but they all try to download a little .exe onto your PC first, and the settings on the PCs won't allow that. Suggestions? Solutions? Links?" Read on for our recommendation. Update: It appears that this question is part of an elaborate email scam designed to propagate malware. See here for details.
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The original email was spam
by kbloodstone on Sat 26th Sep 2009 05:07 UTC
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I received the exact same email through a mailing list I subscribe to. This list is fairly small, and the sender was a new member.

Several people replied with suggestions.

Suddenly, out of the blue, another new member popped up, and suggested some unknown online scanner.
Since I run Linux, I checked it out without worries.
That "online scanner" showed right away an animation of a scan running on my machine, within seconds, and showed me several infections in my C;, D;, and Windows system folder.
Since I run Linux, that's just absolutely impossible, of course.

Then it suggested I download a file "OnlineScan345346.exe", and very helpfully proceeded to open the download request for me.

It's a trojan, and a very new and nasty one at that. I have downloaded already 2 variants of it from the same place on 2 different computers. I have submitted them to Avira (which is what I use on Windows), and hopefully it will become better known soon.

That said, advice on cleaning viruses is always welcome, so the discussions on this article are useful for a lot of people anyway. So no harm done, unless you clicked on the second fake mailing list member's advice.

My advice for this is to use the Avira Rescue CD:
F-Secure also makes a really good rescue CD:

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