what is blue star in taskbar?

Discussion in 'Spyware' started by lenny, May 10, 2006.

  1. lenny

    lenny Guest

    Hi,
    I have a blue 5 pointed star sat in my taskbar (near the clock) and it is
    telling me that my version of Windows XP is an illegal version and if I
    click on the link it takes me to a page where I can buy a proper version.
    Obviously I haven't done anything of the sort as my version is a legal one.
    Is the star a sign that I am infected with Spyfalcon or something similar?
    Before I start to spend hours trying to clean the computer can someone tell
    me what this is for sure?
    Thanks
    Lenny
     
    lenny, May 10, 2006
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  2. From: "lenny" <>

    | Hi,
    | I have a blue 5 pointed star sat in my taskbar (near the clock) and it is
    | telling me that my version of Windows XP is an illegal version and if I
    | click on the link it takes me to a page where I can buy a proper version.
    | Obviously I haven't done anything of the sort as my version is a legal one.
    | Is the star a sign that I am infected with Spyfalcon or something similar?
    | Before I start to spend hours trying to clean the computer can someone tell
    | me what this is for sure?
    | Thanks
    | Lenny
    |

    What is the URL tyou are directed to ?
     
    David H. Lipman, May 10, 2006
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  3. lenny

    lenny Guest

    Sorry but not sure now as it is on another computer in my office (I am not
    there at the moment). I am at home and thought I might try to find the
    answer before I go back in the morning.
     
    lenny, May 10, 2006
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  4. From: "lenny" <>

    | Sorry but not sure now as it is on another computer in my office (I am not
    | there at the moment). I am at home and thought I might try to find the
    | answer before I go back in the morning.

    The URL will help pinpoint the malware as many malware families have many domians but are
    registered by the same syndicate. That is unless they are using a proxy Registrar.
     
    David H. Lipman, May 11, 2006
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  5. lenny

    lenny Guest

    Thanks for the swift reply,
    Have you come across the blue star before that is trying to get me to buy a
    legal copy of Windows or at least load a webpage? Is it part of the Spyaxe
    family do you think?
    Cheers
     
    lenny, May 11, 2006
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  6. From: "lenny" <>

    | Thanks for the swift reply,
    | Have you come across the blue star before that is trying to get me to buy a
    | legal copy of Windows or at least load a webpage? Is it part of the Spyaxe
    | family do you think?
    | Cheers

    I don't know. If it was the FakeAlert it would tell you are infected and want you to
    download SpywareQuake which is part of that family.
     
    David H. Lipman, May 11, 2006
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  7. lenny

    VTJim Guest

    Did you perhaps download the latest windows updates? One of those is a
    "Genuine Advantage Update". It will put an icon in the system tray
    informing you that it considers your key invalid, and give you an
    address where you can purchase a genuine copy.
     
    VTJim, May 11, 2006
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