Skype Virus Alert!!! Remember, only click links you know is safe ;-) (UPDATED)

Looks like a new virus is loose and it is directed to Skype users….

DontClickLink

lol!!! [Skype Display Name] video:
http://videosk.info/?n=%5BSkype Display name]

another example
[Skype Display name] video: http://skyvideo24online.ru/video/?n=%5BSkype Display Name] 🙂
and
[Skype Display Name] video: http://popvideoskype.info/video/?n=%5BSkype Display Name] 🙂

This will open a browser window and ask you to install a plug-in. whatever you do.. do not click!!! This is a lovely virus that takes hold of your Skype and resends link to ALL your contacts (and who knows what else), Just like all chats, posts in FB, emails, basically anything that ma contain a link or file, even if you know the person, if you were not expecting the link or file, question it first, even ping the person to validate it is clean first. Also you can do a little leg work and check the link URL to see if it is going to a familiar location, if not, send up the flags of alarm!

**UPDATE, March 6, 2015**

Many of you have wondered how to clean it or how your machine was infected. I spoke with some who sent the link and here is the information I gathered:

Operating System: All are running Windows 7 or 8
Skype Version: All are running latest version 7.1.0.105

One confirmed case is that a program was installed into control panel. This program was called SkyFall. This person was able to remove it from Add/Remove Programs (Programs and Features) in Control Panel.

Another case ran Defender (built in anti-virus for Windows) and it removed some infected files. In all cases, they were only affected when they ran a setup.exe that was downloaded when you click on the link.

As I mentioned in comments, here is my set of recommendations:

  1. it is always good to keep your Windows updated (if you are running Windows). Even Mac OS you should always run the latest updates.
  2. Make sure your Anti-virus program is updated. If you do not have one, I personally am a fan of Avast.
  3. If you are running an older version of Skype (easy way to tell is if all the profile images of your Skype Contacts are round, you are using latest version, else you are likely running an older version). If so, locate the Skype Add-On manager (sorry it has been so long I do not remember exact location) and see if there is a new plug-in/add-on listed. Remove it if there is, or, maybe it is time to upgrade your Skype 🙂
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12 thoughts on “Skype Virus Alert!!! Remember, only click links you know is safe ;-) (UPDATED)

    1. Jeff Kozloff Post author

      Hi,
      It appears, you need to perform next step of downloading the “video plugin” and install that plugin, then it can can send messages to other people in your Skype account. From what I read online, if you did do this, it may (or may not) send same message again and again each time you login to Skype, though in my cases those who sent me the message only sent it once. There is always the concern about key stroke monitoring though I have not seen actual evidence to this.

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    1. Jeff Kozloff Post author

      Hi “Just_a_user” 🙂
      I do not have an answer right now, but I will ask those who were infected and get back to you soon (probably tomorrow).

      Thanks!
      Jeff

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    1. Jeff Kozloff Post author

      Hi Simon,
      I think this virus exposes a vulnerability in an older version of Skype when Add-ons were supported back in 2013. Yes, people are still running that old of Skype (it is hard for people to move away from stability, just look at Windows XP, RIP). Anyway, as another commenter posted, it will be interesting to see what versions of Skype they are running who sent that link to see if it is a skype add-on type of virus. In meantime, I suggest the following:

      1. it is always good to keep your Windows updated (if you are running Windows)
      2. Make sure your Anti-virus program is updated. If you do not have one, I personally am a fan of .
      3. If you are running an older version of Skype (easy way to tell is if all the profile images of your Skype Contacts are round, you are using latest version, else you are likely running an older version). If so, locate the Skype Add-On manager (sorry it has been so long I do not remember exact location) and see if there is a new plug-in/add-on listed. Remove it if there is, or, maybe it is time to upgrade your Skype….

      Hope this helps! I’ll come back later after I gather details from those I know that were exposed to the virus yesterday.

      Jeff

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  1. KL

    Are you pretty sure you need to install the plugin to be hit? I clicked the link in skype but then stopped when the broswer opened. Want to know I’m OK.

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  2. Jeff Kozloff Post author

    Hello all,
    I have updated the article with latest details I gathered from those who were infected.

    KL,
    It does appear that you are only infected if you run the setup.exe that is downloaded when you click the video. just clicking on the link itself appears to cause no harm.

    Thanks!
    Jeff

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    1. Jeff Kozloff Post author

      Hi, it counts on if you installed the plugin or not. If you did, I suggest you follow the steps described in the end of my post that provides a few recommendations that I hope helps this case.

      Let us know how it goes!

      Jeff

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