Did I just click a virus/malware link from an old thread?


#1

So I was in this old thread and I clicked a link (www starshatter.com) in this post.

It took me to a page that asked me something about privacy and wanted me to click. It looked sketchy, so I just closed the window, but then I started seeing cmd prompts pop up and I just thought, “aw poop.” I restarted and I’m scanning.

Meanwhile, I looked in the Chrome history and there is this:

Private nojoy apps .com looks pretty suspicious, but when I google it, I get results that also look somewhat sketchy. I could just be getting paranoid.

What do you guys think?


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#2

Hmm. I’m not sure about the command prompts you mentioned as I can’t confirm them, but the private.njoyapps.com subdomain is definately the ultimate redirect destination, for that link. That alone will, I think, trigger any good security add-on/extension (and did trigger mine, appropriately). The so-called (sorry) “command prompts” you mentioned were probably sketchy modal windows that weren’t successfully blocked.


#3

FWIW, when milo signed the post with the hyperlink in 2003, starshatter.com was his site, and legit, but the domain expired some time ago. A cursory search indicates the redirected destination is almost certainly up to no good. I’d scan like a mofo, myself.

I wonder if it’s feasible to delete the hyperlinks from milo’s old posts? Looks like he included his hyperlink pretty consistently.


#4

A job for @stusser or @telefrog here to clean that up


#5

Aw, poop. I’m running Win10, but none of the built in security stuff jumped up or blocked it. Yeah, I didn’t get a good look at whatever window popped up, but it looked bad. I’m doing a full scan now. Maybe I’ll get something else installed to scan for me.

Thanks for the post barstein! Wish me luck


#6

Scanning like a mofo, aye, sir!


#7

And install Ublock Origin! Firefox, Chrome.


#8

Thanks for the heads up!


#9

Thank you sir! Added to Chrome.


#10

Aisle three, clean up. :)

No, thank you!


#11

My advice is back up your documents, pictures, and what have you and wipe your system and re-install the OS.


#12

Seems like overkill Scott.


#13

Won’t work, viruses can infect the firmware of the hard drive, even the freaking VIDEO card.


#14

Not if you suddenly have a hidden keylogger on your system. :( But yeah, it might be.


#15

Here I am on my PC and it’s still freaking scanning all my files…


#16

What does Ublock do? I added it to Chrome, and it looks like it’s scanning every page I visit, but I’m not really sure how to interact with it. Is this something to prevent future attacks or does it help to find an infection, after the fact? If it’s a post infection thing, how do you make it do the work?


#17

It’s an adblocker, which also blocks all kinda of malicious stuff.


#18

It basically automatically blocks ads and the crap that comes with them unless you whitelist a site, which you do by clicking on the extension icon, then on the power button, and refreshing.


#19

It blocks ads as well as any scripts that try and run. It’s pretty amazing.


#20

Oh, cool. I had a different ad blocker, but it might not be up to the task. I actually have both of them running, but now I think I will just give ublock a try on its own, since it comes recommended.