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Whitesmoke virus

by owen72 / March 18, 2011 3:24 PM PDT

Recently my computer was infected by WhiteSmoke virus. Is there any way in the future that I can prevent this?'
Thank you,

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Looking at this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 19, 2011 4:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Whitesmoke virus

It appears this is -> installed by the user <-

While it can be painful, demote that user's account to less than administrator and don't let them install software.

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Possibly your respone to my question regarding Whitesmoke.
by owen72 / October 15, 2011 3:37 AM PDT
In reply to: Looking at this.

I just noticed the post by R. Proffitt regarding my asking about Whitesmoke virus infection. Might you please explain to me your response about '...demoting that user's account...'? And...'don't let them install software'? I'm most interested to hear exactly what you mean.
Thank you,

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Your question was how you can prevent this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2011 4:54 AM PDT

Keeping in mind this is a Personal Computer our options are limited. I offered ONE option that is supplied with Windows to stop the problem in its tracks.

Locking down the machine is one option. Some may offer up another antivirus but that only WARNS about the app's rating and your average user can ignore it and install it anyway. There is not much to do but remove permissions and stop the user that way.

Hope this helps you understand my reply better.

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White smoke virus
by owen72 / October 15, 2011 6:13 AM PDT

Would you be kind enough to explain to me what you mean by remove permission. Permission from whom? Too, when you said, "...stop the user that way" are you referring to me? What have I done to evoke such drastic steps?

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What Bob means to say is this.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 15, 2011 6:41 AM PDT
In reply to: White smoke virus

He did some other research then you did and came to the conclusion that it isn't a virus, just a regular program installed by somebody. For example, see http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/protect/forum/protect_scanning/whitesmoke-virus/79630ed1-b9ee-41a7-91e6-cc22259a077f that tells so.

And he assumes you didn't do it yourself (because then you would know it was installed, wouldn't you?) so it must have been some other user that did it. And the only way to prevent that, is to make him or her a non-administrator (take away his administrator rights).

Maybe he's wrong and you don't have the program he thinks you have. Then please tell what makes you think this is the malware variant mentioned in that link also. You didn't tell that yet.


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White smoke
by owen72 / October 15, 2011 7:47 AM PDT

Thank you Kees. I appreciate your comment. Boolee.

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White smoke.
by owen72 / October 15, 2011 7:48 AM PDT

In keeping with you request Robert, I'm posting as you insisted. All I can say is do as you with.

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Smoke test. Let me share a little more.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 17, 2011 5:02 AM PDT
In reply to: White smoke.

I have the advantage that NO ONE ELSE uses my work machine. Even the IT staff is forbidden unless invited.

Having said that, I've yet to find anything in scans for over 2 years. Yes I see an occasional tracking cookie but no pests, no virus, trojan or such.

I don't have much installed save the usual antivirus but don't use IE, and installed WOT as well as Adblock Plus.

Since I don't go to shady places, what's to do but use the machine?

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