My sister-in-law e-mailed me twice with health-related links. One link even had her name “vanessa nicole” in the URL. She is a registered nurse, so it looked legit. Turns out the Russian or Ukranian master spammers are behind this e-mail spoof. Someone using my sister-in-law’s family computer had it infected by the Canadian Pharmacy trojan which spoofs your e-mail address and sends e-mails with links to your contacts.
The actual site sells viagra and other drugs. Of course, once you purchase the item, you never get it, and your credit or debit card information is now in the hands of a world famous internet criminal. Game over. Continue?
My sister-in-law had AVG anti-virus (resource hog) and McCafee virus cleaners, and they were unable to detect or remove it.
Here are the steps used to remove the Canadian Pharmacy virus:
Download and update the free MalwareBytes software. (Update is located on the UPDATE tab) Run Full Scan.
Then, go to housecall.trendmicro.com and download the FREE HOUSECALL 32-bit software if you are using Windows XP or the 64-bit version for Windows 7. Open the exe file, accept the terms of service, and then SCAN NOW.
Either of the programs will get rid of the Canadian Pharmacy trojan. You will be clean now.
The Housecall program runs off the exe file, so right click the file and choose Send to Desktop so you can have it easily accessible for future use. Run both programs once a week or as needed. The reason why they are free is because you have to manually run them. You can pay for pro versions which have realtime shielding; it’s up to you.
I don’t really need to hear other methods because my sister-in-law’s e-mail spoofing has stopped. Really wish some authority would crack down on sites like these. Or am I not allowed to use the “regulation” word?