hackers can see what you are typing

April 22, 2010 at 08:48:17
Specs: Windows Vista
I have heard that there is a virus or something
that the hacker can see everything you type as
you type it & therefore all passwords are always
compromised. How does one get this virus &
what can be done to remove it?

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#1
April 22, 2010 at 11:16:51
What you have heard about is probably the latest incarnation of
the Zeus virus (do a Google for it & you'll find loads of recent
posts). Essentially you avoid it by keeping your browser and
security software up to date and don't ignore any warning
messages produced by either.

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#2
April 22, 2010 at 13:08:37
Well these are usually Trojans not viruses. The difference is a trojan provides backdoor access to your computer so the Black Hat can watch what you are doing and use a Key Logger to record your key stokes. You get something like this usually through Bit Torrents by downloading a Key Generator that will give you an illegal key so that you can use software you would normally have to buy. The key gen will ask you to install an application on your computer which will give you the key and something you do not want like a Zomby, Bot, or Malware.

I find that Malwarebytes is good at removing these things but a basic rule is to never install anything downloaded from the internet. If you get a message asking you to install a new Driver, Codex, Virus Scan, Registry Scan or what ever without you initiating it then don't do it and if it tries to force you to then do a Ctrl+Alt+Del and endtask your browser.


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#3
April 22, 2010 at 13:37:18
Could a person get a something like that if they were lured to
a fake websit & gave a password for a game site on this fake
website. The game site account was hacked, but I just want
to make sure that this person didn't have access to anything
else? The only thing entered on this "fake" site was the
username & password for a particular game site. Everything
was already reported & fixed for that site, but I just want to
make sure nothing else was compromised.

Also, would the free verson of this malwarebytes be able to
remove it if I did have something like that going on my
computer, or would only the money version be able to remove
stuff.


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#4
April 22, 2010 at 23:47:29
The free version of Malwarebytes will do the same job as the
paid-for version so it's ideal as a one-off cleanup tool. Do a scan
with it & see what comes back before panicking needlessly.

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#5
April 23, 2010 at 15:10:59
"Could a person get a something like that if they were lured to
a fake websit & gave a password for a game site on this fake
website. "

Well that is a different kind of hacking which we call Social Engineering or Phishing. Some one who pretends like they are a Systems guy asking you for your password. Just NEVER EVER give out your password or login information. If they are a sysop then they have access to the database and could simply reset your password so they will never ask. The same applies for personal information like social security numbers. If some one asks see if they will simply except the first 5 numbers. Last 4 is over used.

You may think I am a security freak but I never buy anything online unless they have a certificate from a certificate authority and I never ever by things over the phone with a credit card because those under-payed phone jockeys on the other end can take the information and use it. If you cant do it on a computer or in person then don't.

"Also, would the free verson of this malwarebytes be able to remove it if I did have something like that going on my "

Not 100% guaranteed because once someone has access to your system they can install keyloggers or other custom made systems or even worse they could put in some rootkits that can hard to be detected by a virus scan.

If this ever happened to one of my computers I would simply re-image back to a time before the misidentify but I am guessing you don't keep disk images of your system.


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