Last week, October 28 to be exact, I received an intriguing e-mail supposedly from The Facebook Team (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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?