Yuku HMTL Bug [Sendori malware discovered]

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Location: Orange County, Calif. (near Disneyland and Los Angeles)

For the past two days, when I press the HMTL button, the following shows up in the compose post box:

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.4.2.min.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://cdn.sendori.com/js/inlinekeywords.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://cdn.sendori.com/js/pconfig.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript"> var sndpID = '10403'; var sndgID = '{36D95831-354E-46BD-9E32-7349CD5A0C72}'; var CorrectedDomain; var OriginalDomain; function sendoriInline2(){function b(a,b,d){if((a==-1||!c(d.charAt(a)))&&(b>=d.length||!c(d.charAt(b)))){return true}return false}function c(a){var b=a.charCodeAt(0);if(b>47&&b<58||b>64&&b<91||b>96&&b<123){return true}return false}var a=window.location!=window.parent.location?true:false;if(a){return false}var d=jQuery.noConflict();d(document).ready(function(){function 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href='http://securelink.sendori.com/br?key="+adbrandterm+"&spid=1853&output=redirect&ix=1' target='_blank'><span id='inlineTextHighlight'>"}else if(n&&j!=undefined&&j!=""){highlightStartTag="<a href='http://securelink.sendori.com/br?key="+adbrandterm+"&spid="+j+"&output=redirect&ix=1' target='_blank'><span id='inlineTextHighlight'>"}else continue}p="</span></a>";i.newText=preElement+highlightStartTag+word+p+postElement;i.substituted=true;q+=highlightStartTag.length+p.length;c[c.length]="http://l.sendori.com/stbin/lognow.cgi/?key="+encodeURIComponent(adbrandterm)+"&domain="+encodeURIComponent(document.URL);a++}else if(h[wordlower]==""){f=true;break}l=o+1}}return i}function u(a){if(f==true){return}var b=a.nodeValue;var c=a.parentNode;var d=t(b);if(d.substituted==true){var e=document.createElement("text");e.innerHTML=d.newText;c.replaceChild(e,a)}}function v(a){if(s(a.nodeName)){return}if(a.nodeName=="#text"&&d.trim(a.nodeValue).length>0){u(a)}if(a.hasChildNodes()){for(var 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It looks from that as if you have some malware. Have a look at this topic: http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/861138

This one is helpful too: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/prot ... 9a76717ed9

I can assure you that I edited the HTML of a post within the last 12 hours and all was fine.

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Location: Orange County, Calif. (near Disneyland and Los Angeles)

Oh, okay. I'm using an old computer and I know this one is infected with a virus or
malware. I recently got a brand new computer, but I haven't started using it yet
as I'm saving my money to buy anti-virus for it.

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You don't need money for an anti-virus. AVG Anti-Virus FREE 2013 is coming highly recommended at the moment. If you are paying, BitDefender is probably tops right now.

Sounds like you may have a battle on your hands with the machine you are using right now.

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Location: Orange County, Calif. (near Disneyland and Los Angeles)

Someone at http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/861138 recommends using
Revo to uninstall programs. So I downloaded Revo and ran the uninstall of
Sendori -- but it didn't work. It's still on my computer.

Like I said, I'm using an old computer, so I'm not that concerned. But still, it
would be nice to not have malware on the computer.

I wonder how Sendori got on my computer in the first place??

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I'm not sure how you know it is still on your computer. I wouldn't have used Revo because you can only use it once (for 30 days) in the life of the computer. It's good though! If you are judging by the symptoms being still present, there could be a number of different reasons for this. My first guess would be a DNS hijack.

Use this as a guide and more than likely you will find IP numbers entered there. Reset these to "automatic", clear your browser cache and reboot after changing. After boot, the symptoms will likely have gone.

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Location: Orange County, Calif. (near Disneyland and Los Angeles)

Well, the reason I know it's still in my computer is because when I press the "HTML"
button, that same garbage shows up. I see tons of links for Sendori.com, such as
http://cdn.sendori.com/js/inlinekeywords.js

I checked the network connections as you suggested. It's set to automatic.
Everything looks okay there.

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Location: Orange County, Calif. (near Disneyland and Los Angeles)

Ah, okay, I cleared my cache and rebooted, and that garbage is gone!
Everything seems to be okay now! Thanks, Andrew!

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Then you need to clear your cache and reboot.

If it is still happening, there is a chance your modem/router may have had its DNS changed (this too should be automatic).

You might also want to check if Firefox has a proxy set. Tools > Options > Advanced > Network > "Configure how Firefox connects to the Internet" > Settings

Default is "Use system proxy settings". If set anywhere else, change it and test. If it was set there in the first place, we may have to look elsewhere. In the meantime, do a second test with that set to "use no proxy" and see.

Each change requires a cache clear and restart Firefox.

If we get stuck, we can manually set DNS or try an alternative browser (Comodo Dragon)

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Location: Orange County, Calif. (near Disneyland and Los Angeles)

We cross-posted. That malware is apparently gone! Thanks, Andrew!

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OK! :D

Now, you said you had a virus? If it is still present, it will do its utmost to protect itself. If you have MalwareBytes Anti-malware on your machine, try and run that but do not update it. Let it do it's thing and you can update and run it again later. Attempting to download and install it while infected could cause you more troubles.

Try an online virus scan like Trend Housecall. That can often kill enough, so you can begin to work again (e.g. download, update and install MBAM)

Continue to run scans after every boot until it comes up clean, then you can back off.

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Location: Orange County, Calif. (near Disneyland and Los Angeles)

I'm not sure if I have a virus. It's probably just malware.

A friend of mine told me that she received an e-mail from me with the subject line
"Awesome" and just a link. She knew I hadn't really sent that -- it was malware
that was sent to everyone in my contacts list.

That's the only indication that I might have malware, other than Sendori which
appears to be eradicated.

Leo Laporte recommends "eset". He says they've never missed a virus, and
they're not bloated with crap like Norton has.

http://go.eset.com/us/store/

He says, yes, they are a sponsor of his radio show -- but he stresses that's not why
he recommends them. He says he never recommends something unless he truly
believes in it, and he selected them to be a sponsor because he believes in their
product. Have you heard of eset?

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Eset Nod has been around for eons! Yes, it is good. I sure would not knock it. I also believe that no single AV is 100% fool-proof.

I guess you could just run a few scans and confirm your machine is clean then. It cannot be that old if it is Win7 and would certainly be worth cleaning up and hanging onto.

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Location: Orange County, Calif. (near Disneyland and Los Angeles)

Well, I bought it when Vista first came out. That was in 2007. It's been upgraded to Win 7.

But it has lots of problems. I'm sure you remember all those problems I had with getting
videos to work. You helped me finally get the videos to work again, but the trade-off is
that I am not running any Windows or Adobe updates.

Like I said, I have a brand new laptop. I'll be switching it shortly. But I'd like to use
this old one as a backup.

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SciFiGuy wrote:A friend of mine told me that she received an e-mail from me with the subject line
"Awesome" and just a link. She knew I hadn't really sent that -- it was malware
that was sent to everyone in my contacts list.

It sounds to me like your e-mail account was hacked. When someone tells you that they've received an e-mail like that from "you," changing your password will stop the hacker for the time being.

I see this happen a couple of times per month. The majority of the hacked accounts are Yahoo!, but I've also seen these mails sent from Hotmail, MSN, and AOL, and Prodigy.

If you have a Yahoo! account, there's a way to go in and see where your account logins are coming from. A friend of mine found that his account was being logged into with Polish and Indonesian IPs.

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Location: Orange County, Calif. (near Disneyland and Los Angeles)

I did change my password.

My password was not something that one could guess. It was not even an English
word. Just a series of letters and numbers. I wonder how anyone would be able to
hack into an account to do that?

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Letters and numbers can be cracked by using a program that automates the process. Inserting special characters (such as punctuation) and mixing upper and lower case will make hacking tougher as the cracking program would need to look at more options.

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Location: Orange County, Calif. (near Disneyland and Los Angeles)

Still, I wonder if they actually hacked into my account?

I would think a simpler method would be to get a virus onto my
computer that would automatically send a message to everyone in my
contacts list.

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That is entirely possible as is the fact that a sender can be spoofed.

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I'm betting that these things go beyond one's contact list and can actually extend to anyone you've sent to / received from. Almost all of these e-mails come from members of our boards; I can't see these people needing me in their contacts.

I should add that Gmail is the one service that I haven't seen hacked. While Google doesn't care much about privacy, their security measures seem to be good.

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