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ATTENTION: New Malicious Virus Detected

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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 : by MinerDiner123 10/14/2012 1:30:13 amOct 14th, 2012

Added Credit to the owner, and description.

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08/31/2013 8:39 am
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Jacob Rigoberto
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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...
10/26/2012 1:21 am
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DarkFusion's Avatar
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.
10/19/2012 6:46 am
Level 35 : Artisan Droid
Downn's Avatar
Thanks for the warning, I would probably click the link from curiosity if you hadn't written this >.<
10/19/2012 8:20 am
Level 36 : Artisan Musician
MinerDiner123's Avatar
Haha, I would do that too =P
10/15/2012 11:38 am
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Cib21_'s Avatar
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)
10/19/2012 8:20 am
Level 36 : Artisan Musician
MinerDiner123's Avatar
ikr. So many people sended me that link. Derp.
10/15/2012 8:54 am
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Gafloff's Avatar
I got skype for 3 days ago as I got my headset... So its hard for me to know these stuffs! Thanks! :-]
10/15/2012 8:55 am
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No Problem, Friend.
10/15/2012 8:53 am
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10/15/2012 9:31 am
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np :)
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