Don’t get bit by the Beta Bot

Beta bot popup

The FBI is warning about a dangerous new type of malware called the Beta Bot that cyber crooks can use to steal your banking and other sensitive information. Beta Bot can disable your anti-virus software and block access to security websites.

One way the malware spreads is through an official-looking Microsoft Windows message box. If you see a popup for Windows Command Processor like the image above or something similar and you didn’t request it or weren’t making any changes, DO NOT click “YES.” That will allow hackers to reach your sensitive information. The malware also spreads through Skype and USB thumb drives.

According to information on the Internet, this fake Microsoft Security Update claims to offer patches against the Mytob and Sober Zafi worms, but in fact, it contains the SDBot Trojan.

To find out if the Microsoft Security Update pop up on your computer is real or fake: Microsoft will never send you an attached file. Microsoft includes a link back to its website and a downloadable patch.

BBB suggests going to the Microsoft Security Update section and do not click on the link for an update.

If your computer becomes infected, run a full scan with up-to-date anti-virus software. If the malware blocks access to security sites, download anti-virus software to an uninfected computer, transfer it to a USB drive and use that drive to run the anti-virus scan.

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One response to “Don’t get bit by the Beta Bot

  1. Mark Burrows

    First, the concept of the Beta Bot certainly is not anything new. This has been going on for decades. You are always at risk while on the internet unless you become educated and gain the wisdom of what criminal activity will be thrown at you.
    You can purchase all the security software you are advised to get and still be at risk simply because you have invited something on to your computer. If your security software is not updated, it won’t catch it fast enough.
    Always ignore any popup that suggests that your computer is running slow or needs an update to a particular piece of software.
    The software update is the hardest to resist, because you may have that software on your computer. The thing to do is check the version number, then open up your software, click on about and see if the update is higher than your version. Then ignore the update and go to the original site and download the update and try to avoid using mirror sites if possible.
    These bots generally do not destroy your computer or cause any damage, they find clever ways of hiding in your registry by attaching themselves to background operations that are running. The hacker now has total access to your computer every time you are online, stealing your contact lists, getting into your security options and copying them so they can visit other sites under your name.
    Even the best registry cleaner will not remove them. They would have to be removed manually, which can take days. You have to first find their keywords which could be quite common, then do an manual search in your registry, often it will be obvious the entry does not belong and you can remove it. Other times you are not sure. So it is important to do a registry back up each and every time you make a change to your registry. If there is complication, you have to restore to the last back up and proceed from there.
    Yes, I have done this many times, because I live on the edge and I take the risks so I can inform the security software companies I am loyal to what I find and what I did to resolve the problem. This allows them to create updates to stop the viruses, Trojans, malware, adware, and spyware, in their next update.
    I am not a technical oriented person. Yet, I understand logic and can follow the paths of logistics. I leave it to the experts to write the software. Still, my information is valuable to them, and they appreciate my efforts.
    The easiest way to avoid trouble is do not click on anything that is not completely familiar to you. If Microsoft has anything new, it will come by way of their update system only. If you crash, then do the whole reboot process, and things should return to normal. If they do not, take your computer to a reliable service shop. If it cost too much to fix. Buy a new computer. This is just the way it works.
    Being computer savvy takes years of self education and patience. If you buy a computer just to do you taxes, then you have wasted money because I get my taxes done each year and it costs me about $50.00. I can live without a computer live with that cost. If you buy a computer just to play games, also a waste. Okay, that’s just a personal opinion, but I have always found game consoles hooked up to large computer monitors far superior than any game on a computer. If you buy a computer to communicate, like in messengers, and email and to keep up with current events that is a sensible choice. Still I find so many people who say, I have a computer but barely can figure out how to send an email. This annoys me. I tell them to learn, plenty of information available in the library if they do not wish to yet trust the internet.
    Ignorance is the bane of those who own computers.

    Mark Burrows

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