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#1

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 01:14 AM

I've been downloading tons of mods and I never really thought about if it was safe until one day I was on the forums and I saw someone with a banner that said what program i was running what web browser I was using and it was right it also said I had a trojan exe installed. I didnt care much until I noticed my computer getting slower than usual. Now this could be as it ages because it started getting slow much later on. But I was wondering If the trojan exe is from downloading mods.
Thanks for any help
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 01:15 AM

That's why you ask or look at other posts before downloading. It also helps to pay attention to who posted it and how many posts they have.
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 01:16 AM

Only download mods that are popular and/or you know they are trustworthy.

#4

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 01:16 AM

I've downloaded my share of mods and texturepacks, and my computer is running fine. It might be from something else. I would suggest a program like Norton to protect your computer.
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 01:17 AM

View PostxXDXNooblyXDXx, on 30 December 2011 - 01:16 AM, said:

I would suggest a program like Norton to protect your computer.
Norton? REALLY? Go find a better AV.
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#6

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 01:17 AM

most of the mods I've downloaded are very well known and also is that banner thing like a scam or is it real
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SouthPaw1337

Posted 30 December 2011 - 01:17 AM

that trojan. exe is to scare u
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 01:17 AM

View PostSquidoodle, on 30 December 2011 - 01:14 AM, said:

I've been downloading tons of mods and I never really thought about if it was safe until one day I was on the forums and I saw someone with a banner that said what program i was running what web browser I was using and it was right it also said I had a trojan exe installed. I didnt care much until I noticed my computer getting slower than usual. Now this could be as it ages because it started getting slow much later on. But I was wondering If the trojan exe is from downloading mods.
Thanks for any help

you don't have really a trojan ;)
this banner finds your web browser, etc, but the text with the trojan is written manually...
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#9

Outcast Mephisto

Posted 30 December 2011 - 01:19 AM

Anything could potentially contain a virus. It's why most users on here follow the policy no pics no clicks. If something has no screenshots/videos and the user who uploaded it is "Out of the water" or anything similar, I wouldn't download the mod.
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 01:20 AM

View PostBlazevoir, on 30 December 2011 - 01:17 AM, said:

Norton? REALLY? Go find a better AV.
Norton is just fine. I have been using Norton Antivirus for years and have never had a problem.
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#11

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 01:21 AM

another reason it could be running slow is that I never really turn off my computer so it might happen due to running to long
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 01:22 AM

View Postrobizzle, on 30 December 2011 - 01:20 AM, said:

Norton is just fine. I have been using Norton Antivirus for years and have never had a problem.
Right...

*on-topic* Anyway, so yeah... Be more cautious next time, Squidoodle.
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#13

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 01:23 AM

View PostOutcast Mephisto, on 30 December 2011 - 01:19 AM, said:

Anything could potentially contain a virus. It's why most users on here follow the policy no pics no clicks. If something has no screenshots/videos and the user who uploaded it is "Out of the water" or anything similar, I wouldn't download the mod.
I completely follow that rule I've never downloaded anything without pics

Is there actually a trojan that makes your computer slow or is it just the ones that control your computer
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#14

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 01:33 AM

View PostSquidoodle, on 30 December 2011 - 01:14 AM, said:

I've been downloading tons of mods and I never really thought about if it was safe until one day I was on the forums and I saw someone with a banner that said what program i was running what web browser I was using and it was right it also said I had a trojan exe installed. I didnt care much until I noticed my computer getting slower than usual. Now this could be as it ages because it started getting slow much later on. But I was wondering If the trojan exe is from downloading mods.
Thanks for any help


Those banners are also known as scareware.  Designed to make the uneducated user think they have a problem, clicking them, installing some software, and probably getting a trojan in the process.

As for knowing your OS, browser, etc, all that is standard information when you browse the net and connect to other places.

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 01:51 AM

View Postrobizzle, on 30 December 2011 - 01:20 AM, said:

Norton is just fine. I have been using Norton Antivirus for years and have never had a problem.

Norton is literally terrible. The number of software conflicts it causes is almost as comical as it's price model.

I keep my computer fully updated, and "for years" the only thing preventing infection has been *GASP* my brain.

No unexplained CPU usage, no unexplained hard drive activity, perfectly consistent performance...

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 01:52 AM

View Postjjmounes, on 30 December 2011 - 01:51 AM, said:

Norton is literally terrible. The number of software conflicts it causes is almost as comical as it's price model.

I keep my computer fully updated, and "for years" the only thing preventing infection has been *GASP* my brain.

No unexplained CPU usage, no unexplained hard drive activity, perfectly consistent performance...
Thank you for saying that *reps*
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#17

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 02:19 AM

thanks for all the help I probably don't have a trojan after all :)
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#18

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 02:35 AM

Most mods are in .zip(s) or .rar(s) and the files are .class(s) the only way a mod could be a virus is if it's an .exe or .jar and you run it. very few mods are .exe(s) or .jar(s) such as single player commands and technic pack but if you go to their forum post their verified and trusted by millions. Have in mind server plugis are .jars but you don't run them, they are only used by the bukkit console. Also norton can't trace all virus's such as encrypted virus's, I use malwarebytes anti-Malware because the free version is great and it can find encrypted virus's that others can't plus it's a small program and it doesn't control your computer like norton, It will give you little notifications of incoming IP's and other harmful stuff.

#19

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 02:47 AM

View PostOneManMinecraft, on 30 December 2011 - 02:35 AM, said:

Most mods are in .zip(s) or .rar(s) and the files are .class(s) the only way a mod could be a virus is if it's an .exe or .jar and you run it. very few mods are .exe(s) or .jar(s) such as single player commands and technic pack but if you go to their forum post their verified and trusted by millions. Have in mind server plugis are .jars but you don't run them, they are only used by the bukkit console. Also norton can't trace all virus's such as encrypted virus's, I use malwarebytes anti-Malware because the free version is great and it can find encrypted virus's that others can't plus it's a small program and it doesn't control your computer like norton, It will give you little notifications of incoming IP's and other harmful stuff.
Thanks I now realize this and the only .jars an.exes I used were the technic pack and the yogbox. I also don't run my server on the computer I'm talking about. Thankfully I probably don't have a trojan but thanks for the help.
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#20

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 03:40 AM

View Postjjmounes, on 30 December 2011 - 01:51 AM, said:

Norton is literally terrible. The number of software conflicts it causes is almost as comical as it's price model.

I keep my computer fully updated, and "for years" the only thing preventing infection has been *GASP* my brain.

No unexplained CPU usage, no unexplained hard drive activity, perfectly consistent performance...
And if you really need to watch porn, run linux.