3rd virus attack at Photo Bucket - BEWARE!

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I've suspended my use of photonucket and I'll use some other image host.
Hi Dude,

Thanks for the heads up on this one. I've been following this thread for the past 2 days. I'll check out Shutterfly as well. I hope they have clear posting instructions..
Man, the punch card days... Not to sound mean or anything, but we would pull a punch card out of the center of a stack and slide it back into the stack several cards later... The victims never learned either...

i was uploading on pb last weekend when a Flashplayer popup nabbed my ie browser. Quite the ordeal. I don't trust ms now. Using firefox n avg now. Eric
I get these annoying pop-ups that i think when i closed it the virus was loaded.....not sure,but the problem i had came thru as a unauthorized adobe flash update...I nailed it with spy-bot,but recently upgraded my security....
ALX, when you get those popups, DO NOT, close them with either the "close" or the exit X in upper left. Open Task Manager and close your browser, which will close the popup. This is very annoying, but if the popup is malicious and you click anything in that popup you are triggering whatever it wants you to do. If you are still getting the popups after you have left the site where you think they originated you have picked up a virus/trojan/ something malicious. Close everything down and run you spy & anti virus stuff.

In my initial post I cover what I use for AV, and general Malware. Please note the first two times I was hit while on Photobucket, my AV setup did what anyone would want, first try all 3 "Avast, Superantispyware, and Winpatrol" all notified me of a problem and I did a quick google on the listed virus, then rebooted to "safe mode" ran Superantispyware, and all the problems appeared solved. 2nd attack while on Photobucket, Avast didn't warn me, Superantispyware and Winpatrol, notified me of the attack. I again rebooted to Safe Mode ran Superantispyware, and while it appeared that the problem was solved, it wasn't. This time only 2 of the 4 virus files were deleted and 2 still remained. I still had problems. This was frustrating because I paid for Superantispyware and it wasn't doing the job. So I downloaded Malwarebytes installed and ran it. 7 viruses were identified, and deleted, my system was mostly clean, all remaining issues appear solved.

In the article I link above, today viruses can block your AV apps, making it impossible to clean out the malicious files. I think this is what happened with Superantispyware, it was blocked from deleting the other files. Since Malwarebytes wasn't on my system when the Virus attack occurred thus Malwarebytes wasn't blocked. So after Malwarebytes successful cleaning, I then deleted Malwarebytes completely off my C: Drive but have a copy of the Malwarebytes setup file on another drive ready for install if I am attacked again.

BTW, there are viruses out there that won't even let you run any AV and can detect if you try to install an new AV then block that AV. After 20 years of playing with PCs I have only once had to reformat my hard drive and reinstall windows to overcome a serious attack. You should know there are situations where reformat and reinstall windows is unavoidable.
Like mentioned before here AVG has a free program that will catch most things out there. You might want to download it and it will certainly help with what you are running now.
List of potential alternative Image Hosting sites, instead of using Photobucket.

Imageshack from what I can find is Photobucket's main competition...
  • Bayimg
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  • BiggerBids
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  • EzPixs
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  • Firesnaps
    - Online digital photo management, image hosting and photo printing service.
  • Hellameke
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  • Host My Pic Online
    - Very simple-to-use site for people to upload their images quickly.
  • Hostwave
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  • Image Uploads
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  • ImageCabin
    - Image and video host with optional user registration for file management and personal albums. Registered users also get more space.
  • ImageFly
    - Free image hosting service which proposes to pay image uploaders for each view of their images. Bonuses for referring other contributors are offered as well. No file size or transfer limits are specified.
  • ImageHosting.com
    - Free image hosting for online photo gallery creation and photo sharing.
  • ImagesFly.com
    - Free image hosting service by ImagesFly.com, also includes a watermarking tool to protect copyright of your images.No registration required.
  • ImageShack
    - Free image upload hosting solution.
  • ImageVenue hosting
    - Free image hosting for your pictures
  • Large Image Host
    - Easy free image host for uploading images files without registration. Features include 1.5mb file upload limit, automatic thumb and code generation.
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    - Offers free image hosting.
  • Munkypix
    - Free image hosting to share your images with your friends / family and the community.
  • Negimaki
    - Provides photoblog hosting using Gallery and WordPress.
  • Olaolaonline.net
    - Free image hosting service. Registration not required. Upload limit of 1 MB for jpg, gif and png images. Public gallery, comment insertion available. Support forum. English and Italian version.
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  • Pic-Hoster
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  • PicTiger
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  • PushPic
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  • PutPix
    - Free image, picture and photo hosting.
  • Shutterfly
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  • SigShare.com
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    - Picture hosting for weblog and journal users.
  • WeImage
    - Free image and video hosting / sharing service.
  • xs.to
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    - Simple and easy image hosting solution with optional password protection of files.
  • Yoxio.com
    - Free galleries available. Users who signup with a premium subscription option can raise limits from 10 MB to 50 MB of disk space.
I just signed up for Imageshack and uploaded then posted some images here at SMF.

Image shack up load is SLOW compared to photobucket.
Good work there Deltadude. I had no idea there we so many options for this. Does this qualify for "sticky" status? It would be great to have this for our many new members signing up as well as some of the old timers who may not know about other alternatives? Just an idea.

for taking time to round all them up for us.
i kept on using PB as i have had no probs with it. the viruses are out there and it is the protection you supply your pc with which makes the difference. use trend AV and spysweeper and never had a prob... i have checked out other image sharing sites and of yet not found one that will compete with the bulk uploader on Photobucket. i staying there, if i quit posting well maybe i got a virus, if not dont blame the site, ck protection first. on purpose i stayed logged on to PB as much as possible since i read this thread. absolutly no probs, just great uploading.
I can appreciate others having problems with PB but I will admit, I've never had a pop up on that site. I run Avast and ZoneAlarm and can't say I've had a problem.

I just had to fix my sons girlfriends PC due to it being infected so I know it's a total pita.

I hope y'all get things straightened up with out to much hassle.
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