BEWARE: MULTI LEVEL COMPREHENSIVE CYBER ATTACK!
- Hijacks [Google] Browser & Your Google Account. Left alone it will infect Mozilla within hours and Internet Explorer. Will render computer unusable.
- Automatically loads to any computer if you log into your Google account & begins ruining next computer. Starts with multiple pop up tabs & hi-speed fan
- Takes over any devices associated with your Google account including other emails. Wiped out sim card on my cellphone when trying to remove google from my phone, so cant make phone calls.
- Quickly floods browser with continual tab popups that drain computer resources making it impossible to negotiate websites.
- Corrupts Downloads from any site such as Microsoft, Windows, Dell & Intel Assistants & Ccleaner, Avast and others.While downloading Dell Support Assist it flashed ‘chrome.exe’ on screen and then Dell popup said didn’t install right to do over.
- Prevents Deletion of corrupted files & programs & floods recycle bin reducing pc resources, finding corrupt ‘chrome,exe’ to delete, began dumping files into recycle bin continually reaching 10G in 5 mins.Had to pull plug on computer & internet to stop process.
- Hacks into your email, facebook, Instagram AND OTHERS ! Created fake ads on Instagram attempted to charge to Paypal & then recharged to debit card on file with Facebook taking money out of bank account!
THESE CAN NOT HELP AS THEY DID NOT RECOGNIZE THE THREAT :
- GOOGLE BROWSER MALWARE CLEANER
- WINDOWS DEFENDER
- MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS,
- MICROSOFT MALICIOUS SOFTWARE REMOVAL TOOL
- AVAST ANTIVIRUS
ONLY MITIGATION that works [so far]:
- WIPE OUT & REFORMAT HARDDRIVE
- REINSTALL WINDOWS [CUSTOM]
- DON’T OPEN ANY FILES THAT WERE ON PC PRIOR TO INFESTATION
- DO NOT DOWNLOAD CHROME OR ANY GOOGLE ITEMS
- DO NOT LOG INTO YOUR GOOGLE ACCOUNT – Changing passwords wont help!
- CALL ALL BANKING INSTUTIONS, CANCEL CREDIT CARDS IMMEDIATELY
I was always careful, never hacked, no viruses etc never opening links on strange emails etc. I was always cautious.
“Something” took over my computer after reinstalling Windows 7 and needing drivers from Dell that Windows Update couldnt provide.
https://www.Dell.com site to provide drivers says you have to download their Support Assist which then supposed to match up drivers to an algorythym they have to provide the right drivers.
During the install I saw a momentary flash and read one name “chrome exe” before it flash away. Afterwards a popup said download may not have installed properly and to reinstall it.
I then went to my always trustworthy CCleaner to quickly download its usually safe free version. I was in a hurry as I didn’t want to waste time if there was something amiss in the Dell download I wanted it gone, fast.
Unfortunately it was already too late.
Its taken over my Google chrome browser, extensions, add-ons, and accounts, pages, passwords and bookmarks and intercepts & corrupts any addons to other downloads, including the CCleaner~ which had an add on option of Avast Antivirus, but I typically unclick the addons and just get the file needed but bit as life looked like I had Avast only to finds when attempting to remove it that it was an adware/malware version with no uninstall option.
Googled it – before knowing google was hacked – got answer to get avastclear.exe from Avast ~~ but then the popup tabs started coming and fast & furious from all over all kinds of popup tabs.
I went to Google settings and ran their clean up browser tool to no avail.
I copy and pasted urls into my block lists but more and more popped up til I had to literally pull the plug on my pc
Through Facebook Messenger I registered my debit card but now it has now stolen money from my bank account for a fake ad or something on instagram. that I didnt know about til it showed in my bank acct site.
It disabled my back pages on facebook so I couldn’t login to know about it during pending or change password or see what the charges to my bank were even supposedly for.
Until a few weeks back I never was hacked nor had any issues as I always keep tight security take right precautions, never open links on emails etc nor fall for chain letters or other such postings that people send thru messenger here on facebook.
It wasn’t until I decided to start using my older Dell computer that had Win XP that had been n storage for 8 yrs, with no updates etc that after my newer HP Envy that began to malfunction with auto shutdowns so severe that I had to take it offline & try to upgrade the Dell..
The hacks are intercepting accounts and service sites and software package downloads from manufacturer sites which you’d think would be safe but now aren’t,.
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Good thing that I didn’t buy/get a new computer yet, as it would have certainly become infected as well when I would have logged into my Google chrome account as I normally did.
Here is why. I thought the problem was limited to the computer it appeared on.
I didn’t know it was actually in my google account which in turn had access to my bookmarks and passwords to all my accounts !
Similarly or part of how it happened is the Intel problem that has some sort of ‘vulnerability’ dubbed Meltdown/Specter that has affected most computers globally in one way or another, each just waiting for a mitigating opportunity to strike.
My newer HP came with the Intel vulnerability that went unrecognized til it multiplied its effects enough to freeze my computer when on the internet. since I first got it there were initial seldom random shut downs that later became increasingly rapid shutdowns.
So I pulled my old XP Dell out of storage and bought a license to upgrade it to Win7 [as it wasn’t ready for Win10].
During the process I needed to do over 200 windows updates after installation of Win 7 i.
This including whatever drivers Windows Update didn’t have I was then referred to manufacturers sites and went to Dell and while uploading their support assistant something flashed on my screen saying “chrome.exe” then vanished but after installation Dell popped up saying that installation didn’t go right and to repeat so I did but that’s when the hack began and within several minutes my google account was taken over and popups made it impossible to stay on any one page .
Thus began my Ground Hog’s Day nightmare computer/internet scenario ~
of having to repeatedly erase hard drive reinstall windows 7 several times , redo the 200 updates and then set up all over and then when reinstalling chrome to log in to google anything ~ the threat returned and its been ongoing and spreading.
Only mitigation thus far was to again wipe out & re-format the hard drive, reinstall Windows and not access anything dealing with Google- not chrome, not acct, not gmail not search or anything!..
Firefox was helpful in reinstalling windows but IE was dragging and had to be updated and then Firefox began showing symptoms so another reinstall minus Firefox as well Now its all Microsoft, windows, browsers, email .
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I also have a Toshiba laptop with Win 10 Pro, that had a broken screen to be replaced by my son and went on that after he installed the new screen.
I had used it til recently so it was up to date & was able to get online right away.– only for that to become instantly infected when I logged into my google account !!!!
I have had all my pages saved and my other devices linked to my google account, so anything I log into the google on will and or has now been infected as well.
I then got a notice from my bank of a facebook POS sale! My bank was charged for it.
It was a charge for some purchase or something of an ad which I had no knowledge of so tried to log into facebook to investigate, but couldn’t as the options to get into my account were gone !
I then tried to log into facebook from Firefox but my settings button was missing and I had no access to my facebook other than to log on and go to my home page and profile page. I tried to post a warning about the google thing that was happening but it wouldn’t post.
I called my daughter and she was able to use her computer to log on to my facebook and was able to go to back pages and change my password and remove my debit card info and I called my bank and canceled my credit cards.
I now have only been able to reload Win 10 on my laptop without anything google and this is hard as I relied on google for over 10 years storing over 500 passwords on it and 100s of bookmarks which this hacker now had access too .
Its been a nightmare trying to change everything at every sites as many I don’t have the urls for so I had to call the back of all my credit cards to cancel them.
My daughter was able to trace the back page of my facebook to something of an ad/service that originated from Instagram to facebook.
I had opened an Instagram account a few years ago it was just to see what my kids post and I have never posted to it. It showed as if I had chosen to follow some woman from Florida ony 23 hrs earlier which I did not do nor had been on the account in over a year. That acount must have something to do with the fake ad on facebook as there was no record of whatever it was on my bank other than an all letter reference to no where.
This entire mess has cut off my communications as even my phones work through google and the internet which I have still to get up and running right as there are still drivers missing that are preventing my pcs from working right,.
Tonight is my first access back to facebook where I can see anything from the back pages of my account showing a balance and requesting I add a payment method to something I never ordered nor have any knowledge of.
I have lost the sims on my cell phone so cant make calls with it. When trying to replace google with Microsoft it reset the phone and somehow the sims died. I can only use the browser but its compromised as well and doesn’t open on page searches and sites like my directvnow wont work and other tv stations sites I had previously been able to use with my chromecast.
I should mention that
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool,
Microsoft Security Essentials,
ALL failed to expose or QUARANTINE the threat and behave as if nothing is wrong.
Diagnostic tests from Dell ,Intel and Windows show nothing wrong either, though computers work choppy now and slow.
Meanwhile I have had to increase Internet options to max security and disable all addons and extensions and removed Program files for google before attempting to get onto the internet as 4 previous attempts after reinstallations caused the same hacker to popup tabs to strange sites on IE and Mozilla as well,
For now I am operating in safe mode and IE using Edge which is hard to get used to but has only had a few pop up tabs before upping the security so now still facing getting the rest of the needed drivers to make system work right again.
While I relied on google extensively over the years I can not return to it as even its own browser cleaner failed to pick up on any of the threats and said browser was free of malware when it was not.
I now have been able to log into facebook with new password I gave my daughter to input and now can log in from my location using Microsoft Edge. From now on I am sticking to just the Microsoft products since they created windows in the first place and have a lot of online support available.