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Old Jan 23, '11, 3:24 pm
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Default Re: Is there a virus at CAF?

Got this .RAM file trying to play again opening this site up - bvywiobpdvbsi7.ram.
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Old Jan 23, '11, 3:30 pm
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I'm still getting attacked while visiting this site. But this time my firewall is catching it.
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Old Jan 23, '11, 3:40 pm
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For those of you with Apple computers, you may relax, since they are immune to such viruses.
Actually anyone with a Unix-based operating system.
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Old Jan 23, '11, 4:59 pm
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Just got this:
Warning: Visiting this site may harm your computer!
The website at forums.catholic.com contains elements from the site phenomen28.co.cc, which appears to host malware software that can hurt your computer or otherwise operate without your consent. Just visiting a site that contains malware can infect your computer.
For detailed information about the problems with these elements, visit the Google Safe Browsing diagnostic page for phenomen28.co.cc.
Learn more about how to protect yourself from harmful software online.

and an auto download which attempted to access my firewall:

bvywiobpdvbsi7.ram
http://phenomen27.co.cc/pk4/bvywiobpdvbsi7.ram
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Old Jan 23, '11, 5:00 pm
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This happened to me yesterday when I logged on to CAF. Then today I logged in and immediately got unauthorized ram downloads, which I deleted.
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Old Jan 23, '11, 5:51 pm
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Last night I got a message saying the CAFS was down for routine maintenance, and it stayed down for about 14 hours.

Now, the search feature isn't functioning and the instant notification for subscribed threads isn't either.

Anyone else having this issue?
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Not sure if it is related, but my account was somehow deleted. After the site came back up for maintainence, I was not able to login. I tried to reset my password and it said I was entering an email address not in the system, so I had to recreate the account. I was able to use the same username I did previously, so that is why I think the account was deleted. I emailed the system admin, but no response yet. Any ideas?
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Old Jan 23, '11, 7:51 pm
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For those of you with Apple computers, you may relax, since they are immune to such viruses.
Should I reboot into Linux?
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Old Jan 23, '11, 7:53 pm
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Everytime I click on any thread I get this if I use Firefox but not with Windows Internet Explorer.


Reported Attack Page!


This web page at forums.catholic.com has been reported as an attack page and has been blocked based on your security preferences.

Attack pages try to install programs that steal private information, use your computer to attack others, or damage your system.
Some attack pages intentionally distribute harmful software, but many are compromised without the knowledge or permission of their owners.
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Old Jan 23, '11, 7:59 pm
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Should I reboot into Linux?
I run linux in a virtual environment, just for situations like this.
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Old Jan 23, '11, 8:09 pm
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Not sure if it is related, but my account was somehow deleted. After the site came back up for maintainence, I was not able to login. I tried to reset my password and it said I was entering an email address not in the system, so I had to recreate the account. I was able to use the same username I did previously, so that is why I think the account was deleted. I emailed the system admin, but no response yet. Any ideas?
Did you run a virus scan with updated definitions? My logs indicate a trojan was blocked by Avast at 5 PM last night. JSownloader-ALH
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Old Jan 23, '11, 8:36 pm
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Everytime I click on any thread I get this if I use Firefox but not with Windows Internet Explorer.


Reported Attack Page!


This web page at forums.catholic.com has been reported as an attack page and has been blocked based on your security preferences.

Attack pages try to install programs that steal private information, use your computer to attack others, or damage your system.
Some attack pages intentionally distribute harmful software, but many are compromised without the knowledge or permission of their owners
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My experience exactly. I switched to IE (which I passionately hate), and it doesn't do it. And they always say Firefox is safer...
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Old Jan 23, '11, 8:46 pm
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At this point I have to turn off the "block reported attack sites" protection box (firefox) to be able to log in to the forums.
Lets hope this can be remedied in a timely fashion.
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Old Jan 23, '11, 8:53 pm
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My experience exactly. I switched to IE (which I passionately hate), and it doesn't do it. And they always say Firefox is safer...
I would suggest firefox is safer in that it is telling you that the website is not totally safe to visit, you have the option of turning off the block notification in the "tools" menu item.
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Old Jan 23, '11, 9:50 pm
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UPDATE:

I have spent sleepless hours on this issue and have finally identified the root of the problem. The problem only occurs intermittently and was related to the way some ads were being served.

As of earlier today, it has been safe to use the forums. Your browser, in trying to protect you from malware, may be still displaying a cautionary message. I am working directly with the appropriate third parties such as google to inform them that I have successfully removed the threat. In the meantime your browser may continue to display the warning message.

To try to minimize disrupting you on the forums, I worked late throughout the night with the appropriate parties to isolate the cause of the intermittent issue. In the process of doing so, I have moved the whole forums site to another datacenter which is a non-trivial, time-consuming task. It turns out that none of the forums systems were compromised but rather it was because of some ads previously mentioned.

Because of the datacenter change, your emails may have trouble being received by your email provider:
  • if you have a yahoo email address, you should be able to receive mail from the forums without problems
  • if you have an aol address, your emails may arrive to you later than usual

I'm actively working on getting search to work for you; I expect it should be sooner rather than later.

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