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frankbell 03-09-2019 12:24 AM

1,215,894 Objects
Upon receiving an email purporting to come from my ISP (I was too lazy to look at the headers) claiming that one of the devices at my IP address was infected with malware, I've been on a malware hunt.

I've installed Comodo (which is well regarded for Linux) on my tablet, enabled Lookout on my Android phone (my cellphone provider supports Lookout, and, as I have been with them for many years and found them reliable, I can go with that), and installed Comodo on my Slackware box (that took some twists and turns, but I got it to work). I already had Comodo on the Mageia machine.

I ran a Comodo scan tonight on my Slackware box, and Comodo tells me that it scanned 1,215,894 objects on that computer.

That is a heck of a lot of objects. That's all I've got to say.

Oh, yeah, so far everything has come up clean.

linuxtinker 03-09-2019 07:23 AM

Did you call your ISP and verify they sent you that email. I have received fake emails & phone calls stating the same. My favorite is when I get ones from India Telling my Windows machine has been infected. I usually let them log into my WinXP VM and have some fun :) .

LuckyCyborg 03-09-2019 08:17 AM


Originally Posted by frankbell (Post 5971940)
That is a heck of a lot of objects. That's all I've got to say.

In the slang of anti-viruses, the "objects" means files, files from archives, windows registry entries, whatever things scanned.

Then it scanned that count of "objects"

mralk3 03-09-2019 08:48 AM

1,215,894 Objects
I know you said you were too lazy to do so, but the email header will clear things up pretty quick.

hitest 03-09-2019 10:22 AM


Originally Posted by frankbell (Post 5971940)
Oh, yeah, so far everything has come up clean.

Nice! :)

frankbell 03-09-2019 08:54 PM

I'm didn't dig deep into whether the email was genuine, since so far nothing related to it has left this house, and it got me to do some stuff I should have already done, especially securing the cell phone and the tablet. I have a free basic security suite from my cell provider, but never got around to properly activating it.

Also, there was nothing in the email that obviously phishy, no "click this link NOW" or "call this number," simply recommendations for good housekeeping practices and suggested links to click, such as a valid link to my ISP's website for the AV package they freely offer on there (MacAfee, now owned by Norton). If it was a phish, it was easily the most sophisticated phish I've ever seen.

If I get another email, I'll not only inspect the headers, I'll call their tech support, which is excellent, and ask "on what grounds . . . ."

I'll give you an example of how good they are: I had to call them once for a connectivity issue and the person on the other end of the line was not at all disconcerted when I said I was using Linux; we just worked through the problem (it turned out to be a bad cable from the modem to the router. One of the neatest jobs of troubleshooting I've had the pleasure of participating in.

bassmadrigal 03-11-2019 03:20 AM


Originally Posted by frankbell (Post 5972234)
(MacAfee, now owned by Norton)

I can't seem to find anything to back this. Wikipedia states that McAfee was sold to Intel back in 2011. Then in 2017, Intel and TPG Capital setup a joint venture between both companies called McAfee.


On August 19, 2010, Intel announced that it would purchase McAfee for $48 a share in a deal valued at $7.68 billion.

On January 6, 2014, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced during the Consumer Electronics Show the name change from McAfee Security to Intel Security. The company's red shield logo would remain, with the firm continuing to operate as a wholly owned Intel subsidiary. John McAfee, who no longer has any involvement in the company, expressed his pleasure at his name no longer being associated with the software. "I am now everlastingly grateful to Intel for freeing me from this terrible association with the worst software on the planet. These are not my words, but the words of millions of irate users." However, as of 2016 the products still bore the McAfee name.

The company was spun back out of Intel on April 4, 2017.

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