Virus attack

Discussion in 'Around the Grinder' started by LCoop, Oct 27, 2019.

  1. LCoop


    May 5, 2007
    Is anyone else experiencing this? I've tried contacting Stacy with no response. IF I open blade forum with running Wind 7 Pro with internet explorer I get a immediate virus attack. Window comes up with what looks like legit Windows and Explorer icons and say is if I don't immediately click for the download provided I'll loose my computer. And it starts a 255 second count down timer. Problem is I can't simply X out. I have to control alt delete to get out of. NOW for the record I do visit tons' of web sites daily and tons of forums. IT ONLY HAPPENS HERE! What's up? I had to log on with Google Chrome to post this FYI
  2. Cushing H.

    Cushing H. Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 3, 2019
    I have a second computer I dont really care about ... will try it with windows explorer and let you know
  3. Cushing H.

    Cushing H. Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 3, 2019
    not getting anything amiss visiting or logging in to the website using internet explorer.

    I would take immediate steps to protect your data on your computer and scan the computer. what antivirus software do you have? update and do an immediate scan. Also, the free software Malwarebytes can be really effective at finding stuff that regular on-board antivirus programs can miss....
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  4. Randydb

    Randydb Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 27, 2014
    Not any problem accessing with chrome on a mac.
  5. seanj

    seanj Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2010
    For starters don't use Internet Explorer. Do all the usual stuff to clean up your computer.
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  6. Jesse Latham

    Jesse Latham

    Jul 4, 2010
    Stay off the porn sites. Just kidding. Hahaha
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  7. AVigil

    AVigil Adam Vigil knifemaker working the grind Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    I only use IE to download Chrome
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  8. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    No issues I know of. I used to get those fake attacks whenever I opened my computer and clicked the first site I wanted to go to. Just shut off your computer and re-start, Running a scan may help, too. Make sure your security protection is up to date and running. You may have to do a hard shut down by pulling the plug to get it to release the lock on your keyboard. As far as I know, the threat is not real, and you will not loose your computer.
  9. Drew Riley

    Drew Riley Riley Knife and Tool Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2007
    What version do you have? Microsoft has phased out every other version of IE but v11, and that's more/less being phased out as well. I'd stick with Chrome and get rid of IE.
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  10. PirateSeulb

    PirateSeulb Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 6, 2017
    I have had great experience using WDO(Windows Defender Offline) with those type issues. I would also suggest the use of adblocking software. I can’t recall if WDO works with a Win7 system or only for Win10. There are plenty of bootable AV which are the best at resolving these type of issues.
  11. Cushing H.

    Cushing H. Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 3, 2019
    Even though explorer is clearly on its way out, i would not ncessarily blame this on the browser. I have some different (but very similar) add type popups show up in different browsers (example, ipad with safari, popping up with “you have won!!!) type of baloney so persistent i just gave up. Same website on my computer (chrome) had no trouble. I might be tempted to put it up more to the onboard anti-virus/adware than the browser. (My son, senior n college with substantial comp sci exposure, describes my local network/wifi/computers as “fort knox”....
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  12. Aidenag


    Apr 16, 2009
    It's something on your end, likely got infected by something(totally not porn), and need to resolve that issue. Long term, as others said, quit using IE is the best solution as its garbage. Personally i'd suggest firefox.
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  13. AVigil

    AVigil Adam Vigil knifemaker working the grind Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    down load "super anti spyware" free and

    Run them both and it will dig out the virus for you
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  14. 12345678910


    Jul 13, 2009
    I Explorer is a problem. Simply because every windows machine has it - the virus developers concentrate on it.

    Firefox was good, chrome is probably replacing it

    Avast antivirus is free, plus get the browser add ons,
    ad block plus
    pop up blocker ultimate
    That's a big one -

    plus some of the facebook ad blockers

    Clean out your history and cookies, do a virus search

    It's not BF
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  15. FunkCoaster


    Nov 2, 2010
    Well, it could be bladeforums.
    BF uses Xenforo as a platform. BF delivers ads. Some ads can be delivery mechanisms for malware. Related discussion.

    So even if we get the same ads, modern browsers will ignore the malware, older ones might fall for it.

    That said, agree with earlier advice : Use Chrome. IE and Windows 7 are no longer supported and are very vulnerable to malware.
    Modern Chrome browsers are "evergreen", meaning they will continuously self-update to protect you from malware.

    Me: Computer Science masters degree, ~18 years experience, ~8 years in cybersecurity.
  16. PirateSeulb

    PirateSeulb Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 6, 2017
    Windows 7 is still supported but that support ends IIRC Jan 2020
  17. Brian Stucker

    Brian Stucker Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 20, 2016
    I opened my account off my phone and it said my ip was banned. I had to restart my phone.
  18. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    I'd also suggest using OpenDNS.

    It's free, and automatically blocks many known malware related sites.
  19. Kevin Wilkins

    Kevin Wilkins

    Oct 7, 1998
    There's something on this forum that affects a Mac too. I get an immediate redirect to some bogus your computer is infected with a virus crap. I have to quit Safari, restart it and delete my history. Only happens on Bladeforums and is a well know Mac scam. There's a pic or ad or something here on Bladeforums with it.
  20. PirateSeulb

    PirateSeulb Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 6, 2017
    Majority of it is more coincidence than a BF issue but the issue typically is from the ads why the issue is hitting you on BF and not others is where it is a coincidence. The ads can be intelligently designed to know what browser and/or OS you are using thus catering the attack to the user to make it more believable. While I don't like to advocate anything that reduces the revenue streams for a place like BF it is due to the vulnerabilities present in ad servers that I highly recommend people use ad blockers. I would top the suggestion off with just a good all around protection of the system whether it be from a single suite or multiple applications. I also would advocate paid memberships so you can block ads without hurting the forum's revenue which it needs to maintain operations.

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