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Post#1 OT: Be careful surfing RealGM (viruses/malwar
Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:39 am by dillio

There was a thread created here (I believe) that got moved to the Feedback/Suggestions forum:
viewtopic.php?f=40&t=974259

Since casual posters won't see that thread I thought it would be helpful to have a thread here about this. If mods disagree they can lock.

Basically some RGM advertiser(s) have been putting scripts in their ads that infect users' machines with rootkits and very nasty malware. For me personally, it started with a fake popup that said "your computer has been affected my malware, press OK to do a scan now.". I closed it and it popped up several more times, then fake Windows Defender and Windows Security Center popups followed and the next thing I knew I was infected. I have an up-to-date Symantec Antivirus with auto-protect enabled and it still got past that. Over the next few hours IE, Firefox, Windows Defender, Symantec, Malwarebytes, etc, etc all stopped working and it wouldn't even let me do a system restore. The worst part is it was my WORK laptop that got infected and it was preventing me from doing real work. Finally I had to boot using a recovery disk and do the System Restore that way in order to solve the problem. I've since switched to Firefox and installed AdBlock Plus to try to fend off the advertisers scripts. I've also installed MalwareBytes and updated Windows Defender.

Based on the thread above, this is a known issue and it's still ongoing. I urge ALL RealGM lurkers/posters to be very careful with surfing this website.
- Use FireFox (less security holes than IE), and install the AdBlocker add-on.
- Do regular Virus/Malware scans.
- If you ever encounter the "You have spyware, click OK to do a scan now" popup. Immediately disconnect your ethernet cable and do a Task Manager -> End Task on your browser instead of clicking "OK" or "Cancel" on the popup. Then do a full virus/malware scan using your AV program and MalwareBytes
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Post#2 Re: OT: Be careful surfing RealGM (viruses/ma
Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:42 am by Gruel

This happened to me too. Sucks so much.
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Post#3 Re: OT: Be careful surfing RealGM (viruses/ma
Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:43 am by Exar Kun

Mozilla Firefox + Adblock Plus

You won't regret it. I haven't seen an ad on here in years.
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Post#4 Re: OT: Be careful surfing RealGM (viruses/ma
Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:44 am by ReekDaVill

Sounds pretty bad I tend to just ignore those pop ups or click another tab to see if its still there to see if it is in fact legit.
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Post#5 Re: OT: Be careful surfing RealGM (viruses/ma
Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:45 am by uniballer

yeah got the antivirus live ... was a pain in the ass to get rid of! that and my wife thought I was surfing for pron!


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Post#6 Re: OT: Be careful surfing RealGM (viruses/ma
Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:52 am by ROBBS

Honestly you don't even need Adblock for FF. FF or Chrome on its own doesn't seem to even get affected by it---in my experience anyways.

^ Yeah I also got that antivirus live thing from browing ThePirateBay using IE. lol, pain in the ass to get rid off indeed
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Post#7 Re: OT: Be careful surfing RealGM (viruses/ma
Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:54 am by YogiStewart

while i cannot suggest that you turn all ads off (RGM needs ad revenue to operate), i strongly suggest MalwareBytes' anti-malware combined with Kaspersky.
those both stop everything dead in its tracks.
i can't use Firefox at work, and lo and behold, my computer was infected via (likely) RGM.

the best was when www.porn.com and www.viagra.com start popping up along with the fake virus scans along with every .exe being crippled by AntiViru Pro (the malware). so much fun when your computer is completely disabled. yay.
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Post#8 Re: OT: Be careful surfing RealGM (viruses/ma
Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:54 am by dillio

ROBBS wrote:Honestly you don't even need Adblock for FF. FF or Chrome on its own doesn't seem to even get affected by it---in my experience anyways.

In the thread I pasted above, someone there posted that they have Chrome and also got infected.
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Post#9 Re: OT: Be careful surfing RealGM (viruses/ma
Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:55 am by YogiStewart

ROBBS wrote:Honestly you don't even need Adblock for FF. FF or Chrome on its own doesn't seem to even get affected by it---in my experience anyways.

^ Yeah I also got that antivirus live thing from browing ThePirateBay using IE. lol, pain in the ass to get rid off indeed


you literally cannot get rid of AntiVirus Pro. reformatting doesn't always get rid of it (in my case, it did not). any attempt to remove it on your own with other software may seriously rape your computer system.

Chrome, from what i understand, has its own security issues.
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Post#10 Re: OT: Be careful surfing RealGM (viruses/ma
Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:11 am by cram

Yep -- i visit lots of messageboards that have advertising, and this is the only site i get viruses from.

I know its the ads....but maybe realgm can use a different ad network that doesn't load up viruses? I mean, based on the traffic i have to assume someone at realgm is making substantial $$ from the site. Why not clean it up a bit.

If i owned a whorehouse and all of my whores got a VD, i'd probably hire different whores.

Why can't realgm just use a different ad network?
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Post#11 Re: OT: Be careful surfing RealGM (viruses/ma
Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:16 am by ghuytro

Damn that is some crazy, crazy stuff.

I think I'm ok on my Mac using Firefox/Chrome???
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Post#12 Re: OT: Be careful surfing RealGM (viruses/ma
Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:16 am by lobosloboslobos

cram wrote:Yep -- i visit lots of messageboards that have advertising, and this is the only site i get viruses from.

I know its the ads....but maybe realgm can use a different ad network that doesn't load up viruses? I mean, based on the traffic i have to assume someone at realgm is making substantial $$ from the site. Why not clean it up a bit.

If i owned a whorehouse and all of my whores got a VD, i'd probably hire different whores.

Why can't realgm just use a different ad network?


This post seriously deserves a serious answer.
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Post#13 Re: OT: Be careful surfing RealGM (viruses/ma
Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:23 am by Exar Kun

YogiStewart wrote:
ROBBS wrote:Honestly you don't even need Adblock for FF. FF or Chrome on its own doesn't seem to even get affected by it---in my experience anyways.

^ Yeah I also got that antivirus live thing from browing ThePirateBay using IE. lol, pain in the ass to get rid off indeed


you literally cannot get rid of AntiVirus Pro. reformatting doesn't always get rid of it (in my case, it did not). any attempt to remove it on your own with other software may seriously rape your computer system.

Chrome, from what i understand, has its own security issues.


If you formatted your computer and it didn't get rid of Antivirus Pro, you did it wrong.
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Post#14 Re: OT: Be careful surfing RealGM (viruses/ma
Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:24 am by Exar Kun

YogiStewart wrote:while i cannot suggest that you turn all ads off (RGM needs ad revenue to operate), i strongly suggest MalwareBytes' anti-malware combined with Kaspersky.
those both stop everything dead in its tracks.
i can't use Firefox at work, and lo and behold, my computer was infected via (likely) RGM.

the best was when http://www.porn.com and http://www.viagra.com start popping up along with the fake virus scans along with every .exe being crippled by AntiViru Pro (the malware). so much fun when your computer is completely disabled. yay.


Does RealGM get paid by just having the ads in place? or they get paid when people click on the ads? Because whether I have the ads showing or not, I have absolutely no intention of ever clicking on any of them.
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Post#15 Re: OT: Be careful surfing RealGM (viruses/ma
Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:26 am by Candide

cram wrote:Yep -- i visit lots of messageboards that have advertising, and this is the only site i get viruses from.

I know its the ads....but maybe realgm can use a different ad network that doesn't load up viruses? I mean, based on the traffic i have to assume someone at realgm is making substantial $$ from the site. Why not clean it up a bit.

If i owned a whorehouse and all of my whores got a VD, i'd probably hire different whores.

Why can't realgm just use a different ad network?


depends on your cost-benefit analysis and how much customer loyalty is valued. you'd have to reestablish rapport between your clientele and their preferred purchases, which would probably diminish your returns as consumer satisfaction wanes.

if i were a customer, i'd probably prefer to ask for a discount or just deal with the present conditions than have to familiarize myself with a new product before reaching optimal utility.
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Post#16 Re: OT: Be careful surfing RealGM (viruses/ma
Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:30 am by TCHOKE

took me awhile to manage to get that crap off my desktop computer at home
and it happened to my computer at work too... not fun at all
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Post#17 Re: OT: Be careful surfing RealGM (viruses/ma
Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:39 am by Courtside Cynic

Same thing happened to me last week. I had a sales call the next day, couldn't use my laptop, so I had to go into work super early and borrow another, download new software for the computer, and re-format my presentation.

Not cool. I guess I am a little naieve for using IE, so I have since gotten FF - that is after I have completely refomatted my computer with the system recovery disk.
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Post#18 Re: OT: Be careful surfing RealGM (viruses/ma
Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:39 am by redeye514

This has only happened to recently... not knowing what the cause was, I've been infected on my work cpu, laptop and home cpu!! Thankfully my IT guy is a nice guy and reformatted everything for me. he seemed to think it might have been a UFC website I visited.... however, I got the message pop up twice at home when on RealGM, and reading this thread now, I know it's the culprit (thankfully, I shut downeverythin before I got infected... I hope... *knocks on wood*)



ANYWAYS



WTF is the solution?


I have to be Internet Explorer 8 (work), and am certainly not going to stop readin realGM. What am I suppose to do???
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Post#19 Re: OT: Be careful surfing RealGM (viruses/ma
Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:40 am by lostradamus

Exar Kun wrote:
YogiStewart wrote:
you literally cannot get rid of AntiVirus Pro. reformatting doesn't always get rid of it (in my case, it did not). any attempt to remove it on your own with other software may seriously rape your computer system.

Chrome, from what i understand, has its own security issues.


If you formatted your computer and it didn't get rid of Antivirus Pro, you did it wrong.


+1000

I almost fell over laughing when I read that
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Post#20 Re: OT: Be careful surfing RealGM (viruses/ma
Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:43 am by 99 Problems

I don't even see ads lol... Firefox+Adblock+Norton 360 ftw....
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