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« Reply #20 on: December 02, 2008 04:46:53 PM »

Well... I've run into an issue.  I updated Flash.  Then I opened a different browser and still got the ads.  I tried to run the Secunia thing but it requires Java 1.6 while I can't seem to get anything for Mac beyond 1.4  Angry

All the other options look way more involved.  Hopefully I can finagle this one.  Undecided
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« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2008 06:01:35 PM »

Ninja_Poo -- Do you use a Mac?

I just read up on this and here what's I can gather...

Seems like there's a trojan horse / malware thingee causing this to happen. It seems to be happening to a good number of Mac users but also some PC users too. It's something malicious that has been installed on your computer and will cause these Vimax ads to appears on many websites all over the internet.

What's even more scary is that the way it's doing what it's doing...

Your computer has this built in "DNS" system that has been hacked into. DNS is kinda like a phonebook. Let's say you pick up the official Yellow Pages phonebook in your house and look up your favorite pizza place and call them and order a pizza over the phone using your credit card. That's all fine and dandy.

But, imagine if someone broke into your house and replaced your phonebook with something that looked identical but had all kinds of fake numbers in it so then when you call your favorite pizza place and give them your number, you're actually giving it to a crook.

What this malware does is essentially mucks with your computer's phonebook. This is very dangerous because someone could use the "pizza joint" example above to create a fake version of the PayPal website or your bank's website and you'd never now and you'd enter your information.

I'm still looking into what can be done about this to see if I can boil it down for those who are affected.

Here are some good articles about this in the mean time:

http://www.tuaw.com/2008/11/18/new-variant-of-rsplug-trojan-making-the-rounds/
http://www.macworld.com/article/60823/2007/10/trojanhorse.html

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« Reply #22 on: December 02, 2008 06:05:49 PM »

Also note that this has nothing to do with Craftster and this didn't originate with Craftster. Apparantly this comes from downloading and installing some software that probably seemed fine but was actually untrustworthy. Stooooopid jerky internet. Sad
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« Reply #23 on: December 02, 2008 06:07:01 PM »

Wow, that is entirely interesting (and awful, obviously).
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« Reply #24 on: December 02, 2008 06:20:05 PM »

a couple more links about this:

http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=8546842
http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=8286821
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« Reply #25 on: December 02, 2008 07:12:37 PM »

Oh wow, lots of developments!
I don't have a Mac, so I'm assuming this stems from a program I recently downloaded.
I am not able to install the latest Flash player...Weird.

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« Reply #26 on: December 02, 2008 07:31:03 PM »

OK... So I've read a  bunch about this from the Mac user perspective (because that's what I'm most familiar with) and it seems like many people have had success getting rid of this malware using a program called MacScan. It costs $30 but you can use a free trial. Just make sure whether you buy it or do the free trial that you do full scan on your computer and don't just scan your own user directory.

For PC's... Does any one know what's the most popular anti-spyware/malware/virus software? I'm so out of the loop!
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« Reply #27 on: December 02, 2008 07:56:23 PM »

I also wanted to add... I installed MacScan and let it do it's magic on my computer and, man, it takes a looooooong time! I let it run for an hour and it still hadn't made it's way through my whole computer. So be prepared to run it at a time when you don't need to use your computer for a while. You might be able to run it and do other stuff on your computer at the same time but I always feel better letting these kinds of things run just by itself.

So far it didn't find anything funky on my computer but then again I wasn't having this Vimax problem.
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« Reply #28 on: December 03, 2008 06:15:41 AM »

Ok, we were able to clear this out of mr.jungrrl's comp last night.  I tried the flash thing, macscan, and something else and none of those worked.  He was able to use the directions in this thread which I think you mentioned last night :http://www.macworld.com/article/60823/2007/10/trojanhorse.html

It involved some Unix-y things I think he said and changing his DNS. 

Basically, for a PC I'd try Spy-bot first.  It's free and does a good job from what I know. I haven't had a PC in a lonnnng time though, so there may be something better!

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I was looking around the forums and i fixed this problem. I went to my netgear smartwizard and under the DNS settings I put Get directly from ISP. It was on get from other dns servers. So i changed it. Yea now, i have no ads or pop-ups.  So thanks.
From: http://forums.spybot.info/showthread.php?t=35999&highlight=vimax
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« Reply #29 on: December 03, 2008 06:31:12 AM »

Glad you got mr.jungrrl's computer fixed up!

Thanks for tracking down a potential solution for Windows users too!

(Now that I think about this issue, I wonder if it's a similar situation to what some people experienced in this thread here which dates all the way back to 2006)
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