Watch the video at the bottom of this post.
WARNING: Do not lose your Skype account to this hacker’s virus! This suspicious Skype file contains a Virus that can take over your Skype account and send the file to all your Skype contacts.
More Info on Skype Virus, hackings, Phishings:
- Skype-file-sending-virus Video Demo
Update on PayPal Support & reversing false charges:
Some people have reported that they have lost money from their PayPal account. The Skype hacker buys Skype credit from your PayPal! Here is some good news. I am talking with PayPal and they say if I hear of anyone who lost money to the Skype hacker / virus to call them at 402-935-2050 ask for the security department. I am assured that they will do some thing about it to get your money back.
You can file a fraud report and get those charges returned to you. If there is evidence of unauthorized activity on your PayPal account then they will refund your money/ reverse the charges …. only IF you report it to them though.
Here is a new Skype room for …
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It is always a good policy not to accept any files through Skype or email unless you are expecting them, no matter whom the file come from. Always ask the sender what the file is about. This should be an everyday precaution and good habit to get into.
There is a virus that is sending files out from Skype contacts with out their knowing it, even your trusted friends! ( so you think not knowing their Skype account was hacked and taken over).
This hack is sending skype files with a virus from our friends Skype accounts.
So this is an emergency … of our Skype systems!!!
Please ,every one help!!!! Do not save any files sent to you through Skype with out making sure first that it is not this Skype virus. Some have accepted the file and have not opened it… delete it and remember to empty your trash.
What to do if you already saved the file
Several friends of mine have saved the file. We walked them through what to do (more in the video below on that too). If you have saved a file from Skype - Do NOT open it.... First contact the person the file came from to establish if it is really something they sent. If they do not respond on Skype it may be that their account has become unaccessible to them due to being hacked by this virus. If you have no access to your Skype account, your account has likely been taken over and compromised. Take immediate action.
Seems at least two people who where infected are now telling me that they only saved it and did not click on it or open it and it self executed and infected them. Please help our Skype family - if you saved the file, please log out of your Skype now . Quit Skype -see how in the video below. Do a virus scan. If you can find it, delete it and If possible warn others to not accept files from you until it is safe. You may have to use non Skype means to communicate to your contacts (email, Twitter, phone, etc). The people who have been infected normally either show as being “OFFLINE” or on “DND”, so you will not be able to contact them via Skype. If you see either of these two settings for the contact who sent you the file, and they do not respond to you, DELETE THE FILE IMMEDIATELY.
IF YOU WANT TO HELP… make sure every Skype room you know has this information as well as all your contacts. I used Message Magic to let all my contacts know all at once. In short tell them this:
Skype Virus File Coming from friends on Skype:
- This Skype Virus is sending either .pif or .exe files from our friends Skype accounts
- a .exe file is (executable if opened)
- a .pif is much worse, its is self executable (read comment below)
- Do not Save any Skype files from friends right now
- If you have saved a skype file then please do NOT open it – delete it & remember to empty your trash.
- If you have opened it, see if you can log out of your skype account for now (Quit).
- Start letting people know on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc, etc, etc what has happened to you and warn people not to accept any Skype files from you. (You will lose access to your Skype so you can not use Skype to communicate to them).
Send the warning please every one… this is real. It is affecting our Skype community now.
Watch this Video for more detials.