A Virus Warning, Better Late Than Never

I’d hoped to spend the day with family, lazily working off the post-Thanksgiving stupor without thinking about, you know, computers and things. Alas, the siren call of the cooling fans drew me back, to post a brief warning involving the crisis in Mumbai, India.

I – and no doubt thousands of others – have spent part of the last two days watching developments unfold in Mumbai in real time, thanks to the local television station NDTV and their live online feed. Having checked the feed yesterday in Internet Explorer (I know, I know), I was quite surprised when my anti-virus software started going berzerk, warning of several trojans and viruses loading from that page.

It turns out, unfortunately, that this is well known, but not terribly well publicized in the past few days. I don’t believe it’s intentional; I suspect that NDTV have just chosen some dodgy and irresponsible advertising “partners” to monetize their website. Nonetheless, the amount of traffic that I expect has been driven to NDTV in the past few days suggests – strongly – that there are thousands of newly-infected computers out there, themselves unaware, unforeseen, and entirely coincidental secondary victims of the continuing nightmare in Mumbai.

If you were watching NDTV this week on a Windows computer, I strongly urge you to stop what you’re doing and run a full anti-virus scan on your machine. If you can live without real-time reporting, I’d also suggest you check out the BBC and their frequent, malware-free updates on the situation. Yes, you miss out on the drama and excitement (and gunshots in the background), but you also gain the knowledge that your computer isn’t being devoured by evil and malignant software…

Published in: General, Security | on November 28th, 2008| 4 Comments »

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  1. On 11/30/2008 at 12:14 am Meghdoot Said:

    Hi, I got the virus/worm affecting the computer while watching the NDTV video feed of the mumbai incident yesterday(11/28) night. Unfortunately my old norton anti virus s/w could not prevent it and even after updating it today could not detect it. Can you tell me what anti virus or anti spyware s/w you are using and also if possible the trojan names you might have seen. My system is in a very bad state.

    Thanks in advance for your help

    — Meghdoot

  2. On 11/30/2008 at 12:36 am Nemo Said:

    I’m not sure what the actual virus/virii/whatever is/are – my antivirus program, Avast, detected it/them – or its/their installer(s) – with a variety of fairly generic names, like “Win32.trojan-other”, or something like that.

    I’d suggest downloading Avast (it’s free), then running a full scan of your system with it, and see what it says; you might also want to get an anti-spyware program, as well, like Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware.

  3. On 12/1/2008 at 3:43 am Coffeehound Said:

    Check out the Trend Micro site for Housecall. This is a free and very good scanner for your computer. http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
    Trend software is not cheap, but this free scan is excellent. For better AV for free, check out comodo.com.

  4. On 1/25/2009 at 9:28 pm Siva Said:


    Yes this is a big problem with NDTV. I have had this issue for a long time with NDTV.

    It is a shame that NDTV has such advertisements in their website that infect people’s computers.

    I am very sure NDTV knows about these but are not bothered.

    People like Barkha dutt, Prannoy Roy, etc who are so called “intellectuals” do not seem to be doing anything to make NDTV more accountable.

    This channel is morally corrupt!