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Just a shoutout to whom didn't get the message. So Apparently, Skype had warned users of an malicious virus that seek to infect computers running Microsoft's Windows Operating System. However, this virus not only affects Skype, but it affects other Video Chatting Programs also.

In a blog post, The Security Vendor Sephos announced that the virus exploits Skype's API to spam messages which claim, "lol, is this your profile pic?", along with an suspicious link.

Clicking on the mysterious link will lead you to the download of a ZIP File (Often called Skype_06102012_image.zip, or Skype_08102012_image.zip) that contains files detected by Programs including Sophos anti-virus products as Trojan Horse/Agent YCW or Trojan Horse/Agent YDC, it said.

The problem is that Skype users are not suspicious about links sent to their friends or relatives hence the fact that they trust them.

Once the Virus is installed, The Trojan Horse will open a backdoor letting an remote hacker gain access of your infected PC, and also communicate with a remote server via HTTP.

Plus, Sophos explained there had been many other variants of the Dorkbot attack last year, spreading to websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and USB drives and instant messaging as well.

Thato s not all. Behind the scenes, the malware is also making click fraud attempts. Weo re not just talking about a few clicks: in the space of 10 minutes, GFI recorded 2,259 transmissions.

I got this virus earlier on today, and I found an article at: http://community.skype.com/t5/Windows/Skype-spam-virus/m-p/1092504/highlight/true#M82322, which shows you how to remove the virus. Note that I did not write this, so credit is to Tamim, the rightful owner of the tutorial on removing the virus.

Step 1: Change your Skype password, as then you won't have any messages saying "lol, is this your profile pic, anymore.

Step 2: In Skype application,
Go to, Tools >> Options... >> Advanced Settings
Click Manage other programs' access to skype
Remove any unknown application (if any)

Step 3: download malwarebytes
Run MBAM and use the FileASSASSIN tool to delete the all exe file found under AppData directory

restore performance counter setting from backup (If any)

After you have used malwarebytes then do this online scan.
to make sure you have nothing else hiding away.

Thank you for reading, and I bid you good luck. If you liked the blog, don't forget to show your support by leaving a diamond or by favoriting it!

CreditCredit is to Tamim, who wrote

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Update #1 : 10/14/2012 1:30:13 amOct 14th, 2012

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All of my friends sendt me "Hey, is this your new profile picture (link)" (in my language of course)
EVERYONE got it, exept me, who did not get tricked...
  • DarkFusion
  • Level 1
  • New Nether Knight
  • October 25, 2012, 9:21 pm
This is how you fix it other way, use FB web chat system or alternative one. :P but this is very informational and helping people.
  • Downn
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Droid
  • October 19, 2012, 2:46 am
Thanks for the warning, I would probably click the link from curiosity if you hadn't written this >.<
Haha, I would do that too =P
  • Cib21_
  • Level 20
  • Expert Architect
  • October 15, 2012, 7:38 am
lol i have never gotten this virus. Oh, defreind Echo? WOW that was easy. Plus if you have more than 100 Skype friends then your going to have a bad day (use teamspeak ppl)
ikr. So many people sended me that link. Derp.
  • Gafloff
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Toast
  • October 15, 2012, 4:54 am
I got skype for 3 days ago as I got my headset... So its hard for me to know these stuffs! Thanks! :-]
No Problem, Friend.
  • -EquinoX-
  • Level 49
  • Master Architect
  • October 15, 2012, 4:53 am
np :)
  • -EquinoX-
  • Level 49
  • Master Architect
  • October 15, 2012, 9:26 am
  • peytonisgreat
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Meme
  • October 15, 2012, 3:36 am
Good thing my antivirus blocked that link!
:D Yay!
  • sseeaann33
  • Level 24
  • Expert Pony
  • October 15, 2012, 3:03 am
OH SHIT! (Immedietley closes skype). man, how can people be such douchebags nowadays? thanks for warning me. just saw the message *shudders* diamonded and faved :)
Haha, np.
  • Phrozenbit
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Miner
  • October 15, 2012, 12:01 am
Great! Thanks for providing this solution, it helps raise awareness against viruses.

Another solution would be installing Linux. It does not run evil .EXE files straight away so one would be safe from this virus. I'm not saying Linux can't get any viruses, it's more unlikely though.

Diamonded for the food work!
  • Viper2000
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Artist
  • October 14, 2012, 5:05 pm
CRAP! I clicked on that link a week ago! I deleted the download right when it was done though... :(
  • ateramana10
  • Level 1
  • New Architect
  • October 14, 2012, 4:57 pm
what about ipods......
can they get the virus
Your I-pod won't get the virus. Only Computers that run Microsoft's Windows Operating System.
  • ateramana10
  • Level 1
  • New Architect
  • October 15, 2012, 9:57 am
oh sorry to bother and im lucky i got that off my computer!
  • ItsBill
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Goblin
  • October 14, 2012, 4:45 pm
I first heard about this on Ars.
  • Zakoschris
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • October 14, 2012, 2:55 pm
i got the message. when i clicked on the link it said that the file was deleted!! Lucky Ass ME!
I don't get why people make viruses like these, other than to be a douche.
  • ajdog0106
  • Level 22
  • Expert Dragonborn
  • October 14, 2012, 11:16 am
Very helpful i hate skype now
  • renttrent
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Dolphin
  • October 14, 2012, 11:01 am
Thanks so much for the warning. Diamond and Subscriber for you.
  • crafter4ever
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Blob
  • October 14, 2012, 8:56 am
Good thing I have been offline on skype since July, I get on and I have no messages, but if I did this blog and that forum post would have stopped me.
  • zmann98
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Pixel Painter
  • October 14, 2012, 10:55 am
yeah i apreciate the help. i wouldnt have known until now. i did hear about skype having some kind of virus but now im fully informed. thanks again
  • DemonicWolfz
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Pokemon
  • October 14, 2012, 8:37 am
[size=10pt]I only new it was a virus from the start because i should know what my profile pic is, I guess some people are so [/size]gullible.
  • distortion
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Architect
  • October 14, 2012, 6:36 am
*Reads blog.
*Opens skype on mac.


*...........realizes macs can get the virus.

.___________. crap...
  • chriscrossy
  • Level 1
  • New Herobrine
  • October 14, 2012, 8:35 am
But he said only people with a Windows Operating System could get it?
  • distortion
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Architect
  • October 14, 2012, 9:22 am
Macs are also able to get malware and trojans as well, I probably should have said one of those instead of virus.
  • Purpaw
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Dragonborn
  • October 14, 2012, 4:04 am
Yeah, I got spammed all the time, I really hate it!
Luckly my computer detected it and said: Warning! This contains a virus! and protected me from it.
I got spammed by some friends, glad you made this blog.
Thanks :3 Trying to inform news.. That's all :P
Yah, I know :P That's bad though.
I'll check it out.
  • Danifix123
  • Level 39
  • Artisan Poro
  • October 14, 2012, 3:18 am
LoL I got spammed by a guy that I hate alot... Started download then decided not to
  • TacoDip
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Taco
  • October 14, 2012, 2:13 am
Dinow keeps sending me those on skype XD
  • Purpaw
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Dragonborn
  • October 14, 2012, 4:07 am
Me too -.-
Rofl :P
  • Alphonic
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • October 13, 2012, 6:34 pm
That is when Norton stopped me.
  • Haasman29
  • Level 27
  • Expert Pixel Puncher
  • October 13, 2012, 5:40 pm
Good, I now have another reason to stay off Skype! Thank you.
Another Way, Delete Skype, And Reinstall.
  • the_soup
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Button Pusher
  • October 13, 2012, 7:38 pm
The malicious files are not saved in Skype, deleting it will not get rid of them.
OH, Well I Didn't Get It, And Norton Ran Out, So Im Lucky.
  • Supernova666
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Pyro
  • October 15, 2012, 8:58 am
Norton does not work. 'Avast' does, you can also try 'Malwarebytes Anti-Malware'. Both of which are free for 30 days.
  • fatturret
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • October 13, 2012, 6:39 pm
It only uses skype it doesnt save files to skype.
thanks man I don't have the virus but you just saved me a lot of wasted time TY!
Kind of off topic, does anyone know how I can remove the fbi moneypack ransom virus? I have tried malwarebytes and gotten rid of all the virus files but it still "locks" my computer.
Haha, macs rule :) ...
  • hunturbo
  • Level 40
  • Master Ninja
  • October 13, 2012, 2:52 pm
Macs can be infected with malware :L
Well I didn't get any virus so thats ok, built in virus system in every mac if you didn't know :P
  • hunturbo
  • Level 40
  • Master Ninja
  • October 13, 2012, 3:11 pm
Not trying to be an *** or anything :L but it is true they can get malwares/trojans if you didnt good for you http://www.monroetech.com/mac-issues-second-fix-for-latest-virus-over-500000-mac-users-infected/
Well thanks for the tip.
  • LightTwig
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Scapegoat
  • October 13, 2012, 2:20 pm
I've made a forum post about the virus, which has been made a global announcement. Would you kindly post some of your info here onto the thread? Or, is it okay if I do it myself?
I would prefer you to do it hence the fact that I'm currently busy. Sorry for the
  • Rainb0wDash
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Dragon
  • October 13, 2012, 12:51 pm
OMG i almost clicked on it once, luckly i was on my phone and my friend saved me from it cuz he said "DONT CLICK ON IT ITS A VIRUS!!! It infenceted my PC!" and im like "lolwut"
You probably just saved TONS of people's computers
*Nods head* Thank you for the heads up, good sir.
  • Choops
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Modder
  • October 13, 2012, 11:27 am
  • her0br1ne
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Taco
  • October 13, 2012, 1:18 pm
heh, yeah, we're soo lucky.
The leading cause of how I didn't get hacked: I'm forever alone.
:Foreveralone:, use it now and have no friends. This has been a message brought to you by me.
  • SilentAero
  • Level 26
  • Expert Artist
  • October 13, 2012, 8:15 am
The leading cause of how I didn't get hacked: My friend uses actual grammar.

Grammar, use it now and save your friends. This has been a message brought to you by me.
  • Haasman29
  • Level 27
  • Expert Pixel Puncher
  • October 13, 2012, 5:46 pm
Lol. One time my friend (Let's say friend #2) hacked my Facebook, and said to my best friend that he was me. The exact conversation was (I didn't give away any names, FYI)

Friend #2 "hey (best friend)"

Best friend "Huh, is that you, (Haas)?"

Friend #2 "well duh it says so and this is my account"

Best friend "(Haas) would've said it; 'Hey, (Best friend)"

Friend #2 ":|"

Best friend "WHO THE F*** ARE YOU!?"
  • Lord_Sauron_
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Dragon
  • October 13, 2012, 10:46 am
You sir, are win.
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  • JavaBuckets
  • Level 78
  • Legendary Programmer
  • October 13, 2012, 8:05 am
youre right i got messages to on my skype BUT my antivirus system said it contained a virus and therefore i couldnt download it. so i like my antivirus system for that :D btw im using Microsoft security essentials
  • sir aldren
  • Level 14
  • Journeyman Warrior
  • October 13, 2012, 8:05 am
My Backup account, that doesn't have any friends on it, got one of these messages somehow...

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