Have you Been Victimized?

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Last week, October 28 to be exact, I received an intriguing e-mail supposedly from The Facebook Team (email: service@facebook.com) with this subject: Facebook Password Reset Confirmation.

The message reads:

“Hey careers ,

Because of the measures taken to provide safety to our clients, your password has been changed.
You can find your new password in attached document.

Thanks,
The Facebook Team”

There was an attachment alright, but it was a zip file. How can a simple password be in a zip file, I initially wondered, but did not really give it that much thought.

Thinking that the file was harmless and curious at the same time about my “new password,” all the while believing that Facebook was the one who really sent me the e-mail, I downloaded the file, not once, but thrice, I think, but I didn’t open it.

A few days after, everything slowed down in our PC from connecting to the Internet to opening files to booting up. When my husband did a security check, he found out that our PC was infected with reader_s.exe, a Trojan virus that infects other executable files, which makes it hard to eliminate.

According to virusremovalguru.com, “Reader_s.exe can download additional forms of malware and can create a backdoor for hackers by opening a port. Reader_s.exe establishes a connection with a server outside the user’s computer.”

True enough, it took my husband a few days to finally get rid of the virus. Today is the first day that I was able to use our desktop again after the virus attacked our PC one week ago. You can visit this site for ways to remove the virus.

So tell me, have you been victimized, too?

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7 Responses

  1. OMG. at ginamit pa ang name ng FB ha? well, buti na lang at ayos na ang pc mo. try ko din i-visit yong link na binigay mo. Thanks for sharing this Tetch.

  2. waaa…that's crazy…dami na talagang spammers….my gosh!

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  3. So now they can use facebook as their email? Wow, better more careful then. I recently got malware too, at the same date as yours (Oct 28). I was dropping ec and there was a blog that asked for plugins and I accidently clicked it. Then the system and internet started to slow down. I used Malwarebytes anti-malware to remove it.

  4. Its hard to deal when your pc systems was infected by a malware or trojan. Been there but the difference is I got it when I did blog hopping and I accidentally click on a spam site

  5. oh my, I hope I don’t get these emails.. If di ako sure sa ngpadala I don’t open it or download it kasi naman hindi ako marunong mag ayos ng PC no:(

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