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By Alienfish
May 15, 2009
  1. Right, since ive been told to create a new thread for this, here it is.

    Has anyone had a similiar problem with sth like this:

    Notice of Illegal Software Piracy and Copyright Infringement
    Please read important legal information below...

    Software Name: PCHEAL

    Date/Time: 2009-05-15 05:11:12 CST (GMT -06:00)
    IP Address: 80.*******************

    Illegal Serial: 1*********

    * YOU WILL BE REPORTED TO YOUR INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER AND LAW ENFORCEMENT. THIS ILLEGAL SOFTWARE USAGE WILL ALSO BE INVESTIGATED FOR POTENTIAL COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT AND CIVIL LAWSUITS AGAINST YOU. INTENTIONAL CRIMINAL COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IS A VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AND IS PUNISHABLE WITH A FINE OF UP TO $250,000 USD AND/OR IMPRISONMENT. *

    This computer program (PCHEAL) is protected by copyright law and international treaties. Unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this program, or any portion of it, may result in severe civil and criminal penalties, and will be prosecuted to the maximum extent possible under the law.

    This computer program (PCHEAL) which has been installed and used on the computer with the IP address: 80.************** is in violation of the software terms of agreement (sections: 3, 7 and 8) , as well as being in violation of international copyright law. This computer was logged over the internet with this computer program being accessed and used illegally. The information in this notice has been transmitted over the internet to the company SWIFTDOG for immediate investigation into copyright infringement/software piracy claim(s) against you. Information including your IP ADDRESS, ISP INFORMATION and SERIAL NUMBER entered have been obtained for potential charges against you.

    An individual with direct access to the computer with the IP address: 80. ************* has installed this copyright protected computer program (PCHEAL) and has intentionally entered an illegally obtained serial number, and/or has applied a software patch to circumvent the protection mechanism(s) of this computer program to gain unrestricted access to the computer program. The illegal serial number entered and date/time of this incident is noted above.

    Copies of this information have been transmitted over the internet to the company SWIFTDOG in regards to this matter; in order to protect our intellectual property rights as well as to open a case to investigate this matter and potentially bring charges against you. Removal of this computer program does not limit our legal rights or claims. All copyright violations are investigated with the data we have obtained.


    Obtain a Serial Number and Legal License
    Purchase or receive a free serial number and license for the software immediately to make yourself legal and avoid illegal software usage.


    Is this for real? am I in trouble? or is it just a scam?
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  3. Alienfish

    Alienfish TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for replying kimsland, Heres my log, is this right?

    note - should I remove anything before I post my Hijackthis log? I mean is there any personal data that it picks up from my computer? this is all new to me....:p
     

    Attached Files:

  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    No

    No personal info
    I haven't even opened it yet though, here we go....

    Kontiki is peer-to-peer software (P2P)

    Still looking, will update as I go...
     
  5. kritius

    kritius TS Guru Posts: 2,084

    Kontiki is to do with channel 4 in the UK.

    4oD is a service that channel 4 run to allow people to catch up on watching tv online. Not p2p.
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  7. Alienfish

    Alienfish TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for your help guys, going thro that thread now, will post the logs when im done.

    kimsland, yeah thats 4oD, I dont have any p2p software cos there notorious for viruses/malware!
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Thanks

    Next time I'll post back only when I'm finalized
    4oD you say, well that's great, all is well there.
     
  9. Alienfish

    Alienfish TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Currently scanning using mawarebytes....this is taking ages lol

    would it be quicker and safer to just reinstall vista? would the reformat in windows be sufficient to remove everything? or would I need a dos reformat program or sth?

    since ive been meaning to do it for some time cos my systems a mess, this might just be the ideal time....:p
     
  10. kritius

    kritius TS Guru Posts: 2,084

    It would have to be a full reinstall and just just a repair install, everything would have to be wiped.
     
  11. Alienfish

    Alienfish TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yeah boot of o/s, reformat drives etc rather than vistas recovery options etc
     
  12. kritius

    kritius TS Guru Posts: 2,084

    yes. Back up Jpegs etc, no .zip or .exe etc.
     
  13. Alienfish

    Alienfish TS Rookie Topic Starter

    u mean back up all my stuff except saved programs and stuff?
     
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Maybe it would be best to say: Backup all User Data to external Media (CD; DVD; Flash Drive; etc)

    Note: You cannot backup Programs etc
     
  15. Alienfish

    Alienfish TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hey Kimsland and kritius, ive just updated my system, reinstalled everything, and its all good and running fine now, much faster now that ive cleared all the rubbish off too!

    Just wanted to say thanx for ur help tho, u guys are real nice.

    Cheers!

    Alienfish
     
  16. shang

    shang TS Rookie

    hmm could u help me im in same problem

    what do i do
     
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