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Tips on How to Remove Gameover Zeus

In a day and age where everything that we do is heavily technology dependent, there seems to be nothing worse than getting a computer virus. Currently Gameover Zeus malware has infected somewhere between 500,000 and 1 million computers worldwide. For those users who have been infected, here are a few tips on how to remove Gameover Zeus and how to prevent it from attacking your computer.

What is Gameover Zeus?

Gameover Zeus, GOZ, also goes by the name P2PZeuS. It is a malicious software that was created by Russian and Ukrainian gangs with the purpose of stealing and redirecting financial transactions and data into their accounts. Once your computer is infected with this virus, it has the capability of making the bank account appear normal even though funds might not be there.

"Operation Tovar" was a multinational effort to shut down GOZ led by the FBI and Symantic which was successful but only temporarily. The FBI is warning people that there are only 2 weeks before it will most likely be up and running again so clean hard drives and install anti-virus software.

How it spreads

When the user opens certain pdf's or clicks on a link sent through e-mail, the virus will infect the computer and has the capability of attacking anti-virus software that is installed in the computer. This virus uses peer to peer software allowing it to continue to spread even if the main source is shut down.

How to Remove Gameover Zeus

The US-CERT recommends using any of these anti-malware tools to help scan and remove any infections.

  • Trend Micro http://www.trendmicro.com/threatdetector
  • F-Secure http://www.f-secure.com/en/web/home_global/online-scanner
  • Symantec http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/international-takedown-wounds-gameover-zeus-cybercrime-network
  • Microsoft http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx

Ways to prevent this

  • Install antivirus software and regularly run scans to find holes that attackers may find. Make sure it is up to date
  • ensure operating system has latest security update
  • Have an Administrator account that is different than your daily account. The administrator account would be used to make changes to the computer not for searching online, accessing e-mail accounts.
  • Also have a backup program with all your important documents
  • Chage passwords if you computer has already received the virus.

Prevention is better (and cheaper) than cure

One of the most important things to remember is to be careful and wary of unfamiliar e-mails/unsolicited email from unknown sources. There are always viruses just waiting to attack your computer and getting money from you somehow, so be careful and take the time to download anti-malware software to help prevent any of this from happening to you. If you have already been attacked by this virus, hopefully these tips helped you in resovling how to Remove Gameover Zeus from your computer.

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