Warning: Avoid fpsbanana

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Bryster

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I have gotten this from the steam forums, i think this should definitely be stickied in all the forums just so no one visit's the site

If you're planning on looking for new maps, UIs or any other mods then avoid FPS Banana for a while. They've been infected with the "Black Internet" trojan.

Full Credit to Rhalle and GTFO Gaming for finding this. Just thought I'd let you all know about this since the only thread on this on the Steam forums is in the CS:S forum.


Quote:Originally Posted by GTFO
The site is currently infected with the 'Black Internet' trojan.

It's embedded in the site itself somehow, which means all you have to do is go there-- you don't have to download anything, and you'll be infected. All the following programs did not detect the trojan AVG, Ad-Aware and Windows Defender.

If you've been to FPSBanana in the last day or less, check your task manager. Look for iexplore.exe running-- or multiple instances of it if you are surfing with internet explorer, of course. You might also be hearing audio advertisements and/or multiple weird noises and mouseclicks.

Apparently this trojan infects the MBR, to fix the virus problem make all folders viewable in the control panel -> large icons -> folder options -> view -> show hidden files, folders and drives, then reboot in Safe Mode and go here:

C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\Appdata\Local\Temp

and deleting these two files:

Loader.exe
Smss.exe

And until further notice I strongly suggest that you avoid going to the website.

Quote:Originally Posted by GTFO
About this Virus
The new FPSBanana virus is a Rootkit virus known as "Black Internet". It is extremely dangerous to your system and security on your computer. A Rootkit virus buries itself into your Master Boot Record which forces the virus to load upon startup. You cannot disable the virus through safe-mode or "msconfig".
!NOTE!
VIRUS SCANNERS WILL NOT DETECT OR FIND THIS VIRUS! ONLY REAL-TIME VIRUS PROTECTION CAN DETECT AND STOP THIS VIRUS FROM BEING INSTALLED.

As of right now, the only working real-time detection and stopping of this virus is Kaspersky. Kaspersky will NOT remove the virus if you already have it.
The virus is obtained through a Java exploit from the advertisements on FPSBanana. Adblock will NOT stop you from getting this virus. Even if you have Ripe, you can still get this virus.

What does it do?
First, the virus buries itself into your Master Boot Record to keep you from detecting and removing the virus easily with any type of virus protection software. Afterwards, it loads up an application that will keep Internet Explorer open and showing you ads in the background or hidden voice ads. There are also reports of this being a Backdoor virus also which can transfer your sensitive information to the creators.

Symptoms
- Internet Explorer opens with ads randomly
- Windows keep minimizing
- Your computer sound will keep turning up and down randomly
- You will hear the clicks of pages being browsed in the background
- Visiting websites might not work

Do I have the Virus?
Even if you think you do not have the virus, you could still be infected!
There is an easy way to test if you have the virus. Follow these steps...

Step 1)
Press CTRL+ALT+DEL on your keyboard. Click "Open Task Manager".

Step 2)
On the Task Manger, click the "Processes" tabs.

Step 3)
Look through your processes for "loader.exe". If you have that file running, there will also be one or multiple instances of "iexplorer.exe". If so, You are infected!

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Removing the Virus
To remove this virus, you are REQUIRED to have a Windows disk corresponding to your version of Windows OR a recovery drive that came from factory. If you do not, you are pretty much screwed... There are other ways but they have a 10% chance of working.

So now, insert your Windows disk into your CD/DVD drive and restart your computer. When it says to "Press any key to continue..." do so. If you have a recovery drive, you will either have to press a key that is defined on the Bios screen or press F8 before Windows loads. Choose to recover your Windows installation.

After you choose the option to recover your Windows Installation, you can choose to use Command Prompt to do so. Once the Command Prompt opens, type the following...

Windows XP: fixmbr
Vista or 7: bootrec.exe /FixMbr

After the process completes, you can then close command prompt and Restart your computer. When the computer loads up again, the Virus has been disabled. You just need to delete the file.

You can either use CCleaner to delete all over your Windows Temporary Files or goto your temp folder in the following location...
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\Application Data\temp
Vista or 7: C:\Users\[YOUR USERNAME]\AppData\Local\Temp

Find the file "loader.exe" and delete it.

You should be all set now and the infection should be gone. Double check by following the the steps to check for the virus above.
 

ShadowBlade72

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Either they cleaned it up already or I'm calling hoax. I'm on their site right now and there is no virus/trojan.

And before someone goes and says "Oh well you're just infected and you don't know it", trust me I've been around for a while. This is what I do for a living.

"Well I just personally tested it out on both my secure Windows 7 box, as well as on a completely unpatched XP SP1 box running no virus protection. Neither had any of the symptoms described and neither have any extra processes running according to HJT."
 
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Bryster

Rookie Poster
Either they cleaned it up already or I'm calling hoax. I'm on their site right now and there is no virus/trojan.

And before someone goes and says "Oh well you're just infected and you don't know it", trust me I've been around for a while. This is what I do for a living.

"Well I just personally tested it out on both my secure Windows 7 box, as well as on a completely unpatched XP SP1 box running no virus protection. Neither had any of the symptoms described and neither have any extra processes running according to HJT."
it's ads so you may just be lucky enough to not get that ad vendor or they cleaned it up. I'm staying away from the site anyway
 

Raynor

Geek it till it Mhz!
Firefox+noscript+adblock+ = no virus ever from websites unless you download somthing your not sure of
 

ShadowBlade72

Forum Addict
it's ads so you may just be lucky enough to not get that ad vendor or they cleaned it up. I'm staying away from the site anyway
That's not the only reason I'm calling a hoax on this. The removal steps are also wrong. If you've ever had to remove the Black Internet trojan before, it's more than just removing a couple of files and running a MBRFix program.

Also if you go to the actual Steam forums thread and read, no one has actually reported being infected. My guess is that this was posted by someone who doesn't like FPSB, so they decided to write up something that looks legit to get people to stop visiting their website.

I'm not saying they've never had problems, I'm just saying in this instance, I don't think it's legit.
 

trykael

EGO Is My Life!
alright - good enough guys - it might have been a false positive, it might have been a hoax or it might have been a real virus on one download that got everyone scared.

Anyway, fpsbanana has been a good site for a long time, so let's not slander them too much. just use some up-to-date software, be careful what you download and be smart :)
 
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