Anyone else pick up MALWARE yesterday?
I picked up 4 malaware programs yesterday while surfing here. I am unsure if they came from DC or from an advertiser or from one of the links some folks include in their messages.
Microsoft Essentials missed them entirely. PC Tools "Threat Fire" detected their unusual behavior and quarantined them, but not until they badly messed up my print spooler and made my printers disappear from the control panel.
On XP Pro. SP 3 I was unable to see my printers or to add them back.
I got messages that the printer was disabled or disconnected, but since the scanner was working that was clearly not the case.
It took quite a bit of digging around before I found the culprit buried in a ~temp file.
Once I deleted all my temp files I had to re-run full disc scans with both anti-virus programs and then
clean the free space of my drive to make sure the files were gone.
My machine seems to be behaving normally since, but I'm still feeling a bit uncomfortable about what happened.
One of the programs was a known piece of known malware, "Privacy.exe," and I'm amazed MS Essentials didn't catch it. Another was named "tools" with a .exe extension, and I don't know what the other stuff was.
I'd not have solved the printer problem except that an error message got sent to MS and their system pointed to the temp file which I removed, and it was the culprit.