Scam Watch: What Is The 3wPlayer Scam / Virus ?

March 15, 2012

3wPlayer – is a rogue media player software application bundled with trojans that can infect computers running Microsoft Windows. It is designed to exploit users who download video files, instructing them to download and install the program in order to view the video. The 3wPlayer employs a form of social engineering to infect computers. Seemingly desirable video files, such as recent movies, are released via BitTorrent or other distribution channels. These files resemble conventional AVI files, but are engineered to display a message when played on most media player programs, instructing the user to visit the 3wPlayer website and download the software to view the video.

The 3wPlayer is infected with Trojan.Win32.Obfuscated.en According to Symantec, 3wPlayer “may download” a piece of adware they refer to as Adware.Lop, which “adds its own toolbar and search button to Internet Explorer”.

A Perl script posted online can reportedly decrypt 3wplayer files back into AVI. This claim has been tested with mixed results, as the intended AVI file is rarely the desired video file.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3wPlayer 


Scam Watch: Is Hotmail / MSN Really Going To Delete My Account. If I Don’t Reply To This E-mail ?

November 12, 2011

Dear Readers,

I just received a bunch of people asking me this question about the Hotmail scam/hijacking attempt (That is going around) So here is yet another Scam Watch.

Q: Is Hotmail/MSN Really Going To Delete My Account. If I Don’t Reply To This E-mail ?

A: No, Hotmail/MSN will not delete your account. Unless you are found to be doing something that are illegal. But even that is a very slim chance, because a lot of scams are being done in some part threw Hotmail. Then again Hotmail/MSN would probably just suspend your account. Which I have seen plenty of times and they say that. When you try to log-in there will be ether a certain number of days says “30 day suspension” or a harsh “Life Ban”. (ie. Your account has been deleted)

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Remy “Se7en”


Scam Watch: 6 Ways To Safeguard Your PC Online -SUPER Noob Edition-

November 9, 2011

RR 4.0

Here are some precautions you SUPER Noobs can take to keep your PC safe from the many online hazards out there. Such as viruses, spyware, adware and trojan’s:

1. Install an up to date Anti-Virus software on your PC. It can be the free version such as AVG, AVIRA  or AVAST. But make sure the version you download is current. Often the anti-virus will have the year somewhere in the title. So look for say AVG Free Anti-Virus 2012 (Not 2011 or earlier)

2. Be suspicious of any e-mail attachments. That you receive from unknown sources. E-mail is the main source of viruses, spyware, and trojans.

3. Be suspicious of downloads and short links sent to you via chat applications (such as Windows Live Messenger or Skype).

4. Scan all files and downloads for viruses before running them.

5.  Be picky about where you download files from on the Internet. Many virus and trojan writers use free software such as P2P programs to disguise malicious applications.(For instance utorrent is way safer then say Frostwire or other database heavy P2P programs. There are not many left out there, but be very weary of them.

6. Make sure that your PC has all the latest Windows patches and updates installed (For Windows users, run “Windows Update” at least 4 times a month -This is just a precaution your Windows Vista and Windows 7 should have no issues. Provided you did not change the setting yourself.-

6A. If you are running Windows XP. It is highly recommended you don’t allow Windows to update and install updates to your computer automatically. There have been a few very major security issues in the last few years that have caused many users to turn off automatic updates.

So even thou it takes a lot more time to do it manually. It is well worth the time so you know the update is a legit Windows update. By this I mean what patches are being installed and so useless crap that you don’t want to be installed. Won’t be.

I highly recommend actually reading the short description before installing the update. Just to be on ht safe side. Some updates may hit you as really odd or are unrelated to what programs you have installed on your PC.

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DISCLAIMER: Your overall online safety will dramatically vary based on your Internet footstep. The security programs you have installed and the risks you take online. So again this means all you SUPER P2P FILE SHARING JUNKIES and RANDOM LINK CLICKERS out there. Will have a much higher risk of PC virus infection and in turn the possible need to re-format your PC (Due to said virus).

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Danny


How To: Keep Your Windows Live Messenger Free From Hacker And Bots

October 18, 2011

RR 4.0

Hello everyone and welcome to my new first “How To”. So anyways I have plenty to talk about. So lets get started, in this feature we are gonna talk about an issue that has been plaguing me over the last few weeks. I have been getting a ton of Hotmail friend invitations to join my friends list. All of which share a very common trademark of hackers and or bots.

Well what are thous trademarks I speak of. Well there are a few that are almost always associated with hackers and or bots trying to get at you through your MSN/Windows Live Messenger account.

Here is a list of the most common ways that MSN / Windows Live Messenger can be attacked:

1. You get an invite with a name with more then 4 digits..so like Adam2234565 wants to be your friends please accept or deny

2. There are several different versions of the same name one after the other like this Adam2325353. Then you deny the invite, Then another dradam24243 asks for permission to join you again.

3. Or a just plain non-sense name like sueitdown123 or abcdegfrg123….

Why dose “MNS/Windows Live Messenger” pose such an attractive target. Well first off the hacker or hackers can use bots. Who will use a ton of different combinations to try and get your trust and allowance into your friends list. Then from there they can install Trojans or Keyloggers.

If you are persuaded to accept a files or press on a link. Then you are asking for a virus. I personally recommend disabling all active links with in your MSN/Windows Live Massager…

Here is a simple how to guide for disabling links via MSN or Windows Live Messenger

1. Click on MSN/Windows Live Messenger Icon

2. Then Click On Options

3. Then Go down to second last option called “Security

4. Click you should see a bunch of check boxes and un-checked off boxes.

5. Now un-check off the box with “Allow Links In My Conversation Window And Contact List

6. Click Apply

7. Click Done

8. Now your are good and all of your links. Will now have to be copy and pasted in your web address bar to work.

So that brings me to what should you do to prevent bots or hackers in your friends list ?

1. Check your Privacy Settings

2. Don’t give out your username or e-mail address to just anybody

3. Never post your username on a public forum or in a comment section

4. Don’t stay logged on for long periods of time

5. Don’t use your full name as your e-mail address

6. Keep a log of all your conversations (It can be very useful in court or as proof of criminal intent)

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If you guys have any question regarding this or any similar scam. Please don’t hesitate to comment or e-mail us @ computer.savvy@hotmail.com

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DISCLAIMER: The Computer Savvy Weblog has no control over the ads Google decides to display on our blog/site. Due  to the fact The Computer Savvy Weblog is using the free version of WordPress. Sorry for any inconvenience or possible mis-understandings this may of caused.

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William


Internet Scam Victims – Real Stories

August 4, 2011

Source: Scam Victims United

When I (Being the writer of this post Shawn) first became a scam victim I was embarrassed and did not want anyone to know . . . that lasted all of 5 minutes and then I was angry at so many things . . . the scammers for their greed, the banking system for not giving me accurate information about how long it takes for a cashier’s check to clear, the wire transfer company for not having more warnings about these scams in their businesses and for turning a blind eye to the problem.

That is when I KNEW I had to do something.  I started to contact the media in order to get our story out there, and you know what . . . it HELPED!  It helped me to talk about it and get it out there, but it also helped so many other people.  My phone was ringing off the hook from people saying “The same thing happened to me” or from people who heard our story in the media in time for them to know the situation they were about to enter into was a scam and it saved them thousands of dollars.

If you are a scam victim, you could do the same thing for someone else.  I am contacted by the media in a regular basis asking for help in locating recent scam victims who would be willing to share their story.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that you saved someone else from going through the living hell that becomes your life when you discover you are a victim of a scam.

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Disclaimer: (CSW) has nothing to do with this project. But saying that we strongly support the idea of it. So please free free to contact our friend  Shawn if you wish to participate in this project

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If you would like to be able to help to educate people about scams and fraud, and possibly save someone from becoming a victim, please email me and I will work to connect you with a media person that will do your story justice and help us to take a step forward in educating people about these scams.

Also, you can connect with me and follow our updates from http://www.retaggr.com/page/ShawnMosch/

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Post Written By Shawn Mosch of Scam Victims United

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**Approved to be posted on (CSW) by Remy “Se7en” And Spyder


EPD 37: Fan Mail Friday’s (04/15/2011)

April 15, 2011

Dear Computer Savvy Team,

I just wanted to write in and ask a quick q. Are you worried about people using your scam mail lists for criminal or other non-intended purposes ?

Sent in By Jade and Hyde

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Reply: I was at first. But all the address we have posted are confirmed as scammers and or spammers (So there of little use for someone. Who may want make to profit or cause harm). I say that because now it is very easy to use any search engine like Google or Bing. And find out via our site or a site like ours. That they are not legit e-mails from Hotmail / Microsoft with in less then 5 mins.

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Remy “Se7en”


Scam Watch: The Many Dangers Of E-cards Explained

January 11, 2011

Dear Readers,

I’ve been receiving a lot of e-mails and comments regarding this issue and more then 65% of the infected computers I cleaned up. Were because of accepting e-cards from people posing as friends, family, and other from unknown sources (This can also includes sites like Facebook and other such sites)

So in this I’ll explain..what an e-card is and why it is more trouble then it is worth.

What is an E-card ? E-cards or Electronic cards – is a compressed file that is sent normally via e-mail from sites such as FaceBook, MySpace, and birthday/event reminder sites, and many many others. And once you open up the card it will de-compress (Open up) really really fast. Then display a funny sayings, animation and a whole slew of other things are possible.

So what is the problem with e-cards ? Well main issues is because e-cards are generally just a compressed files containing a really small program. That will run once the card is opened (clicked on). Some e-cards are just simply a links that will ask you to click to activate/open it. In any case anything that contains a small compress program of any kind. Is begging the question, Well if it is a small program COULD IT CONTAIN A VIRUS ? and in some cases it is a perfect and unexpected place to put some really nasty code/viruses. That will be sent straight to you via your very own inbox. The best example I can give is a year or so ago. There was a HALLMARK CARD VIRUS. That would cause a catastrophic failure of your hard-drives and worst THERE ARE NO FIXES…just kiss your COMPUTER GOODBYE….

Sure it is nice to receive a card on your birthday or on other important occasions. But really think hard because IS IT REALLY WORTH THE RISK ?

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Remy “Se7en”


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