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    From David@21:1/5 to BoaterDave on Sat Apr 11 10:37:45 2020
    XPost: alt.computer.workshop

    On 20/12/2006 23:00, BoaterDave wrote:
    Hello Michael,

    Thank you for responding. Your comments were rather supportive of my theory.

    I haven't (or so I thought!) intimated that *.bat files are spreading 'in
    the wild', rather that I feel that they may be being utilised by (probably)
    a small number of 'bad guys' who are hiding within a specific newsgroup, the purpose of which is supposed to help others with their PC problems (*still* no concrete proof, which is highly frustrating!). There are, though,
    hundreds of users of the 'host' server, so many users may be compromised.

    When I discussed the threat I received with our Police (once I had recovered funds fraudulently taken from my bank account by PayPal last year) I discovered just how massive Cybercrime has become. Discussion with their Hi-Tech crime unit then led me to investigate further, and I discovered findings by Sunbelt Software which, in turn, made me realise that no-one really knows just *how* such crime is growing. So, perhaps in memory of my son, I've done my best to identify how it *may* be being done (at least in part).

    I feel that I can take the matter little further on my own.

    Thanks again.

    David

    PS You will find many posts I've made before if you 'Google' for BoaterDave, but find out just who *I* am if you 'Google' for BoaterDaveTJ :) ____________________________________________________

    "Michael D. Alligood" <mdalligood@bellsouth.net> wrote in message news:uvPeWwFJHHA.5104@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    I guess I will join this thread and post my 2 cents in as well. Let us
    start with the basics: What is a virus? According to Microsoft, a viruses
    are, "(Computer viruses are) software programs that are deliberately
    designed to interfere with computer operation, record, corrupt, or delete
    data, or spread themselves to other computers and throughout the Internet." >> This includes *.bat files. So can *.bat files be viruses? Of course. It is >> a possibility. However, *.bat files are old technology (but that is still
    in use today). The probability of a *.bat virus spreading on the internet
    is slim; at least one that is spreading quickly in the wild. A batch file
    is a collection of commands; although not as sophisticated as today's
    scripts.

    I remember old batch files that would reboot your computer and format your >> c:\ drive or worse fdisk the whole drive. To knock on wood, I have not run >> across many viruses nowadays that do this. IMHO, I worry about spyware 10x >> more than viruses.

    I feel as if I have digressed, so I will stop now. :-) I hope that helps


    --
    Michael D. Alligood
    MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+,
    Network+, i-Net+, CIW Assoc.,
    CIW Certified Instructor



    "BoaterDave" <BoaterDave@nospam.invalid> wrote in message
    news:OPX5MnFJHHA.2236@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl:

    Ooops! Sorry about that - I was deep in thought and sent the blank
    response
    in error. :(

    Perhaps it was Divine intervention - I then saw the post from Kerry
    Brown.
    Or, as he's known elsewhere, TechB.

    What you couldn't know, gls858, is that my younger son, Nick, who would
    have
    been 36 tomorrow, tragically collapsed and died almost 8 years ago. No
    cause
    for his death was found. He was a computer guru, with a first class
    degree
    in Physics, and worked for ICL. He could *always* answer my queries
    ........
    and I miss him.

    I appreciate *your* help. Thank you.

    My basic understanding now is that, as a 'bat' file is not a 'virus' per >>> se,
    it would (probably) not be picked up by an anti-virus programme. However, >>> I
    suspect that if such a file was surepticiously placed on one's PC, it
    could
    issue commands to make one's PC do just about anything, including being
    able
    to make adjustments to, in my case, NIS 2006.

    If I'm right about this (and I recognise that I may have got it wrong yet >>> again!) unless one specifically seeks out a suspicious 'bat' file, one's >>> PC
    could apparently be working normally whilst, at the same time, be acting >>> as
    a 'zombie' for unscrupulous persons unknown. (Perhaps that is what my
    'script kiddie' meant - he's no academic, that's for sure!)

    Referring to the post from KB, I'd just mention that he 'advises' on the >>> N/g
    to which I was lured (by email) following posts I made here with MS back >>> in
    February. I was highly suspicious then, and still feel that there may be >>> those with malicious intent residing there (perhaps using the PC's of
    other
    newsgroup members as zombies too - just my theory!). I'm aware that some >>> 'members' there scan these MS newsgroups - perhaps looking for other
    vulnerable 'clients' - I could determine no other reason.

    I didn't know what a 'Troll' was this time last year. All I've been
    trying
    to do is identify just how the 'bad guys' wreak havoc on the 'Net, not
    simply 'clean' my own machine.

    FWIW (and I didn't know what that meant either, then! <g>)

    David
    ______________________________________________________


    "gls858" <gls858@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:%23I3gzxEJHHA.1468@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...

    It's not the fact that's it's a .bat file that makes it good or bad
    it's the commands that it contains. A .bat is simply a series of
    commands.
    If you want to see the contents of a .bat file simply right click and
    select edit. If you or your so called "script kiddie" don't understand >>>> the
    commands contained in the batch file I would suggest you find a real
    computer programmer to explain to you what the file is intended to do. >>>> Batch files are commonly used to perform redundant tasks on a schedule. >>>>
    gls858

    There's a post from Kerry Brown there too!

    <#K3I#IFJHHA.3424@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl>

    He lied!

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  • From Wolffan@21:1/5 to David on Sat Apr 11 08:02:06 2020
    XPost: alt.computer.workshop

    On 11 Apr 2020, David wrote
    (in article <KdgkG.300961$kO2.131389@fx20.iad>):

    On 20/12/2006 23:00, BoaterDave wrote:
    [nonsense, deleted]
    There's a post from Kerry Brown there too!

    <#K3I#IFJHHA.3424@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl>

    He lied!

    You have, again, dug up a necrothread, this time from 2006, and are, again, replying to yourself, as ‘BoterDave is one of your several dozen nyms. Once again you have provided evidence to support the position that you are a
    lying, brain-damaged, alcohol-soaked, troll, as you are quoting _yourself_ as if it were evidence to support yourself. It could be that you merely forgot
    who ‘BoaterDave’ was/is, but that in itself would be evidence supporting the contention that you’re a brain-damaged alcoholic. The fact that you
    are, again, compelled to quote yourself in support of your inane, insane, idiocy should have told you that you are in a distinct minority on the
    subject. As you’re a brain-damaged fool, you failed to notice. As you’re
    a brain-damaged fool you thought, erroneously, that no-one would check. Assuming that what happens using the single surviving neuron in your alcohol-soaked brain can be classified as ‘thought’, that is.

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  • From David@21:1/5 to Wolffan on Sun Apr 12 00:06:06 2020
    XPost: alt.computer.workshop

    On 11/04/2020 13:02, Wolffan wrote:
    On 11 Apr 2020, David wrote
    (in article <KdgkG.300961$kO2.131389@fx20.iad>):

    On 20/12/2006 23:00, BoaterDave wrote:
    [nonsense, deleted]
    There's a post from Kerry Brown there too!

    <#K3I#IFJHHA.3424@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl>

    He lied!

    You have, again, dug up a necrothread, this time from 2006, and are, again, replying to yourself, as ‘BoterDave is one of your several dozen nyms. Once again you have provided evidence to support the position that you are a lying, brain-damaged, alcohol-soaked, troll, as you are quoting _yourself_ as if it were evidence to support yourself. It could be that you merely forgot who ‘BoaterDave’ was/is, but that in itself would be evidence supporting the contention that you’re a brain-damaged alcoholic. The fact that you are, again, compelled to quote yourself in support of your inane, insane, idiocy should have told you that you are in a distinct minority on the subject. As you’re a brain-damaged fool, you failed to notice. As you’re a brain-damaged fool you thought, erroneously, that no-one would check. Assuming that what happens using the single surviving neuron in your alcohol-soaked brain can be classified as ‘thought’, that is.

    You appear to have snipped some detail, Woolfie!

    Here it is again.


    On 20/12/2006 23:00, BoaterDave wrote:
    Hello Michael,

    Thank you for responding. Your comments were rather supportive of my
    theory.

    I haven't (or so I thought!) intimated that *.bat files are spreading 'in the wild', rather that I feel that they may be being utilised by
    (probably)
    a small number of 'bad guys' who are hiding within a specific
    newsgroup, the
    purpose of which is supposed to help others with their PC problems
    (*still*
    no concrete proof, which is highly frustrating!). There are, though, hundreds of users of the 'host' server, so many users may be compromised.

    When I discussed the threat I received with our Police (once I had
    recovered
    funds fraudulently taken from my bank account by PayPal last year) I discovered just how massive Cybercrime has become. Discussion with their Hi-Tech crime unit then led me to investigate further, and I discovered findings by Sunbelt Software which, in turn, made me realise that no-one really knows just *how* such crime is growing. So, perhaps in memory
    of my
    son, I've done my best to identify how it *may* be being done (at
    least in
    part).

    I feel that I can take the matter little further on my own.

    Thanks again.

    David

    PS You will find many posts I've made before if you 'Google' for
    BoaterDave,
    but find out just who *I* am if you 'Google' for BoaterDaveTJ ____________________________________________________

    "Michael D. Alligood" <mdalligood@bellsouth.net> wrote in message news:uvPeWwFJHHA.5104@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    I guess I will join this thread and post my 2 cents in as well. Let us
    start with the basics: What is a virus? According to Microsoft, a
    viruses
    are, "(Computer viruses are) software programs that are deliberately
    designed to interfere with computer operation, record, corrupt, or
    delete
    data, or spread themselves to other computers and throughout the
    Internet."
    This includes *.bat files. So can *.bat files be viruses? Of course.
    It is
    a possibility. However, *.bat files are old technology (but that is
    still
    in use today). The probability of a *.bat virus spreading on the
    internet
    is slim; at least one that is spreading quickly in the wild. A batch
    file
    is a collection of commands; although not as sophisticated as today's
    scripts.

    I remember old batch files that would reboot your computer and
    format your
    c:\ drive or worse fdisk the whole drive. To knock on wood, I have
    not run
    across many viruses nowadays that do this. IMHO, I worry about
    spyware 10x
    more than viruses.

    I feel as if I have digressed, so I will stop now. I hope that helps


    --
    Michael D. Alligood
    MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+,
    Network+, i-Net+, CIW Assoc.,
    CIW Certified Instructor



    "BoaterDave" <BoaterDave@nospam.invalid> wrote in message
    news:OPX5MnFJHHA.2236@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl:

    Ooops! Sorry about that - I was deep in thought and sent the blank
    response
    in error.

    Perhaps it was Divine intervention - I then saw the post from Kerry
    Brown.
    Or, as he's known elsewhere, TechB.

    What you couldn't know, gls858, is that my younger son, Nick, who would
    have
    been 36 tomorrow, tragically collapsed and died almost 8 years ago. No
    cause
    for his death was found. He was a computer guru, with a first class
    degree
    in Physics, and worked for ICL. He could *always* answer my queries
    ........
    and I miss him.

    I appreciate *your* help. Thank you.

    My basic understanding now is that, as a 'bat' file is not a
    'virus' per
    se,
    it would (probably) not be picked up by an anti-virus programme.
    However,
    I
    suspect that if such a file was surepticiously placed on one's PC, it
    could
    issue commands to make one's PC do just about anything, including being
    able
    to make adjustments to, in my case, NIS 2006.

    If I'm right about this (and I recognise that I may have got it
    wrong yet
    again!) unless one specifically seeks out a suspicious 'bat' file,
    one's
    PC
    could apparently be working normally whilst, at the same time, be
    acting
    as
    a 'zombie' for unscrupulous persons unknown. (Perhaps that is what my
    'script kiddie' meant - he's no academic, that's for sure!)

    Referring to the post from KB, I'd just mention that he 'advises'
    on the
    N/g
    to which I was lured (by email) following posts I made here with MS
    back
    in
    February. I was highly suspicious then, and still feel that there
    may be
    those with malicious intent residing there (perhaps using the PC's of
    other
    newsgroup members as zombies too - just my theory!). I'm aware that
    some
    'members' there scan these MS newsgroups - perhaps looking for other
    vulnerable 'clients' - I could determine no other reason.

    I didn't know what a 'Troll' was this time last year. All I've been
    trying
    to do is identify just how the 'bad guys' wreak havoc on the 'Net, not
    simply 'clean' my own machine.

    FWIW (and I didn't know what that meant either, then! <g>)

    David
    ______________________________________________________


    "gls858" <gls858@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:%23I3gzxEJHHA.1468@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...

    It's not the fact that's it's a .bat file that makes it good or bad
    it's the commands that it contains. A .bat is simply a series of
    commands.
    If you want to see the contents of a .bat file simply right click and
    select edit. If you or your so called "script kiddie" don't understand
    the
    commands contained in the batch file I would suggest you find a real
    computer programmer to explain to you what the file is intended to do.
    Batch files are commonly used to perform redundant tasks on a
    schedule.

    gls858

    There's a post from Kerry Brown there too!

    <#K3I#IFJHHA.3424@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl>

    He lied!

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  • From Wolffan@21:1/5 to David on Sat Apr 11 20:07:53 2020
    XPost: alt.computer.workshop

    On 11 Apr 2020, David wrote
    (in article <z3skG.210290$8h.108483@fx26.iad>):

    On 11/04/2020 13:02, Wolffan wrote:
    On 11 Apr 2020, David wrote
    (in article <KdgkG.300961$kO2.131389@fx20.iad>):

    On 20/12/2006 23:00, BoaterDave wrote:
    [nonsense, deleted]
    There's a post from Kerry Brown there too!

    <#K3I#IFJHHA.3424@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl>

    He lied!

    You have, again, dug up a necrothread, this time from 2006, and are, again, replying to yourself, as ‘BoterDave is one of your several dozen nyms. Once
    again you have provided evidence to support the position that you are a lying, brain-damaged, alcohol-soaked, troll, as you are quoting _yourself_ as
    if it were evidence to support yourself. It could be that you merely forgot who ‘BoaterDave’ was/is, but that in itself would be evidence supporting
    the contention that you’re a brain-damaged alcoholic. The fact that you are, again, compelled to quote yourself in support of your inane, insane, idiocy should have told you that you are in a distinct minority on the subject. As you’re a brain-damaged fool, you failed to notice. As you’re
    a brain-damaged fool you thought, erroneously, that no-one would check. Assuming that what happens using the single surviving neuron in your alcohol-soaked brain can be classified as ‘thought’, that is.

    You appear to have snipped some detail, Woolfie!

    you’re an idiot.

    you, quoting yourself, deleted again. It’s still you replying to your own post from 2006 because you simply lack the ability to support your position.

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  • From Shadow@21:1/5 to All on Sat Apr 11 21:36:43 2020
    XPost: alt.computer.workshop

    On Sun, 12 Apr 2020 00:06:06 +0100, David <David@address.invalid>
    wrote:

    On 11/04/2020 13:02, Wolffan wrote:
    On 11 Apr 2020, David wrote
    (in article <KdgkG.300961$kO2.131389@fx20.iad>):

    On 20/12/2006 23:00, BoaterDave wrote:
    [nonsense, deleted]

    You have, again, dug up a necrothread, this time from 2006, and are, again, >> replying to yourself, as BoterDave is one of your several dozen nyms. Once >> again you have provided evidence to support the position that you are a
    lying, brain-damaged, alcohol-soaked, troll, as you are quoting _yourself_ as
    if it were evidence to support yourself. It could be that you merely forgot >> who BoaterDave was/is, but that in itself would be evidence supporting
    the contention that youre a brain-damaged alcoholic. The fact that you
    are, again, compelled to quote yourself in support of your inane, insane,
    idiocy should have told you that you are in a distinct minority on the
    subject. As youre a brain-damaged fool, you failed to notice. As youre
    a brain-damaged fool you thought, erroneously, that no-one would check.
    Assuming that what happens using the single surviving neuron in your
    alcohol-soaked brain can be classified as thought, that is.

    You appear to have snipped some detail,

    Only the unimportant and STALKING text.
    The rest he left intact.
    Try to keep acf a family safe group.
    How's you fath, I mean mother?
    Adhering to social distancing? Great!!!
    []'s
    --
    Don't be evil - Google 2004
    We have a new policy - Google 2012

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