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Computer is Talking to Me Virus "We Make Our Own Rules Now"

Updated on May 28, 2013


The very first time this happens you will likely find yourself absolutely terrified. I was at my home, by myself. My computer is always “on” but I do not leave applications running on it. Anyway, I had done a little pc work; nothing special. I did not download / install anything (nor do I). I didn’t play games, watch videos or do anything of that nature. My computer work consists of basically what you see; I am writing (articles, emails, making employee schedules, etc – trust me, nothing “exciting”). Anyway, so I stopped working for a few to make some coffee and while I am in my kitchen I hear a conversation that sounded like two men around my age talking to each other. I ran to my PC to figure out what this was and I hear what sounds like a lighter flicking then, "We don't have to follow any rules. We make our own rules now. The law of Braxton is dead." - I sat at my computer in disbelief. There’s no DVD in my tower (I don’t watch movies on my pc anyway) and like I said, nothing but the desktop and an excel file was open…

I then went to Task Manager by right-clicking on the blank space in the bottom bar and viewed what was running…basically nothing was active. “What on earth is going on?” I thought.

I then did some research and determined that the saying I heard is from a movie from 1998 called Kill Zone, also known as The Prodigal Guns.

So I used Sophos Virus Removal and did a scan – Bingo! Here we have it! (See photo below):

I wanted to make sure I could research the virus, so I saved the bookmark to the page on Sophos then immediately had it removed and restarted my pc.

So lets get into what this virus is:

It is called Troj/ZAUMem-B.


File Type: application/x-ms-dos-executable

This virus falls into the category of “Viruses and Spyware”

This Trojan Virus is a “backdoor virus”. A Backdoor Virus is a program file that can compromise system integrity by making changes to the system that allow it to be used for malicious purposes. The owner of the computer will not be aware of this virus. Usually, Backdoor exploits vulnerabilities of installed software to obtain remote, unauthorized access to your computer. This means that once the backdoor virus has infected your pc, the malicious attackers can literally operate your pc, in full, without your knowledge. They can do everything from opening folders to reading documents and more; hence the reason it is called “backdoor” – basically the culprit is entering your computer without permission, like an undectected robber coming in through your backdoor. Almost all viruses are attached to an executable file, which means the virus may exist on your computer but it actually cannot infect your computer unless you run or open the malicious program. It is important to remember that a virus cannot be spread without a human action,(this can be as simple as sharing infected files or sending an email with a virus as an attachment).


I used Sophos to get rid of the virus. BUT THEN THINGS GET WORSE

I immediately do a follow up scan. Of course I expect that since there was 1 virus and 1 virus was removed, preschool math tells me that there should be zero viruses. But my second scan comes back EVEN WORSE! As you will see from my photo below, it is now showing that TWO viruses are found in my “Cookies” folder:


This time it found both MalEncPkAIT AND MalExpJSN Malware Viruses

Both of these new finds are malware (Malware is short for malicious software, and is a term used to describe all of the viruses, worms, spyware, and pretty much anything that is specifically designed to cause harm to your PC or steal your information). NOTE: However, a virus is also considered to be Malware. I guess the easiest way to explain the difference between a Virus and Malware is this: “A virus is a piece of code that attaches itself to an existing program, in order to propagate itself to other computers and cause other types of damage. Malware is a piece of software that is intent on harming your computer or stealing data”



So, to address, The new Malwares I found after this scan -

Mal/ExpJS-N are components of an exploit kit known as 'Blackhole'. This kit enables attackers to easily construct and manage malicious web sites that can be used to infect users with malware. The core script user in the kit will check specific browser plugins and load the appropriate exploit content (e.g. PDF, Flash, and Java) in order to infect the victim with some malware.

Virus: mal/encpk-ait: The file sends control codes directly to certain device drivers making use of the Device to Control Windows API function


One of the main differences between Malware and a Virus is that a virus is typically “sneaky”; you most likely will not see this bandit, but you may notice oddities, just like how you found this article, which was most likely because your “computer was talking” to you. However, Malware will likely produce noticeable popups. Many of the popups produced by Malware can look like genuine Windows “Virus Found” notifications – these are all scams.

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