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After scanning my computer many times using big name anti-virus and malware programs I still had several problems. Finally Exterminate It found multiple infections from NetSky. I sent Exterminate It a sample and the next day I received an e-mail instructing me to update and rescan. After following the instructions ZAP the worm/trojan was gone. My computer seems to be completly back to normal now. Good Job Exterminate It!

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Taskmom

Aliases of Taskmom (AKA):

[Eset]Win32/VB.AJ trojan
[Panda]Bck/VB.aj
[CA]Win32.Taskmom, Win32/VB.AJ!Worm

How to Remove Taskmom from Your Computer^

You can effectively remove Taskmom from your computer with Exterminate It!.

After installing the program, run a scan to display a list of the files associated with Taskmom in the Scan Result screen and remove these files. For information about running scans and removing malware files, see the Exterminate It! Help.

Trojan

A trojan is a program that is disguised as legitimate software but is designed to carry out some harmful actions on the infected computer.

Unlike viruses and worms, trojans don’t replicate but they can be just as destructive.

These days trojans are very common. Trojans are divided into a number different categories based on their function or type of damage.

Be Aware of the Following Trojan Threats:

QFat10, Death, PolyEngine.Win32.EXPO, Dismember, CyberKit.

Worm

Worms are generally considered to be a subset of viruses, but have key differences. Unlike a virus, a worm is a computer program that replicates, but does not infect other files. Instead, a worm installs itself on a computer and then looks for a way to spread to other computers.

From a user’s perspective, there are noticeable differences. The longer a virus goes undetected, the more files it will infect on the victim computer. By contrast, there is just a single instance of the worm code on the computer.

Like viruses, worms are often subdivided according to the methods they use to infect a system. E-mail worms are distributed as attachments to e-mail messages. IM worms are attached to messages sent with instant messaging programs (such as IRC or ICQ). P2P (peer-to-peer) worms use file-sharing networks to spread. Network worms spread directly over the LAN (Local Area Network) or across the Internet, often exploiting a specific vulnerability.

Be Aware of the Following Worm Threats:

Pabug.co, Mandragore, Input.vbs, Win32.Rbot.ACI, Vgvpo.ANSI.Bomb.

Backdoor

Of all trojans, backdoor trojans pose the greatest danger to users’ PCs because they give their authors remote control over infected computers. They are downloaded, installed, and run silently, without the user’s consent or knowledge. Upon installation, backdoor trojans can be instructed to send, receive, execute and delete files, gather and transfer confidential data from the computer, log all activity on the computer, and perform other harmful activities.

Be Aware of the Following Backdoor Threats:

Program, VB.ri, Snart, Institution, Dikshev.

How Did My PC Get Infected with Taskmom?^

The following are the most likely reasons why your computer got infected with Taskmom:

  • Your operating system and Web browser's security settings are too lax.
  • You are not following safe Internet surfing and PC practices.

Downloading and Installing Freeware or Shareware

Small-charge or free software applications may come bundled with spyware, adware, or programs like Taskmom. Sometimes adware is attached to free software to enable the developers to cover the overhead involved in created the software. Spyware frequently piggybacks on free software into your computer to damage it and steal valuable private information.

Using Peer-to-Peer Software

The use of peer-to-peer (P2P) programs or other applications using a shared network exposes your system to the risk of unwittingly downloading infected files, including malicious programs like Taskmom.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

When you visit sites with dubious or objectionable content, trojans-including Taskmom, spyware and adware, may well be automatically downloaded and installed onto your computer.

Detecting Taskmom^

The following symptoms signal that your computer is very likely to be infected with Taskmom:

PC is working very slowly

Taskmom can seriously slow down your computer. If your PC takes a lot longer than normal to restart or your Internet connection is extremely slow, your computer may well be infected with Taskmom.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

Taskmom can tamper with your Internet settings or redirect your default home page to unwanted web sites. Taskmom may even add new shortcuts to your PC desktop.

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

Taskmom may swamp your computer with pestering popup ads, even when you're not connected to the Internet, while secretly tracking your browsing habits and gathering your personal information.

E-mails that you didn't write are being sent from your mailbox

Taskmom may gain complete control of your mailbox to generate and send e-mail with virus attachments, e-mail hoaxes, spam and other types of unsolicited e-mail to other people.