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What is this?.. screenclean.swf

petef

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#1
What is this?.. screenclean.swf
I recently came across the message & link below in an Email from a known
source. My first impression is that this is surely a hoax, however, after
doing some research I'm not finding any info related to malware on this
"screenclean.swf" topic. I know of no technical theory that would
support the concept of cleaning your screen from the inside.

What's up with this?
(see message below but I don't recommend clicking the link)

---pete---


> Happy New Year!
>
> For those to whom I owe e-mail responses; I've fallen behind, due to a
> difficulty in reading the computer screen. Truth be known, I thought I might
> have a cataract problem. A friend recently wrote, saying that with older
> monitors especially, a deposit gradually accumulates on the inside of the
> screen. Taking a monitor apart for cleaning is not recommended for the average
> user. Fortunately, there is a new downloadable tool that will reverse this
> process, should that be the cause of gradual loss of clarity. I tried it and
> couldn't believe the difference! You can download and try it for yourself, by
> going to:
> http://www.roberthein.dk/screenclean.swf
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RandyL

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#2
I pete;
Since it's a .swf file extension it's just a shockwave flash file. Harmless. I have a screenclean .swf file and it's hilarious. You open the file and move your mouse around it to view the results.
The link is dead it appears.
RandyL
 

petef

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#3
Yeah, I found the link in my message to be broken, which is probably a good thing.

After doing some initial research on this screenclean.swf topic, I came
across a site that had a video to watch on this screen cleaning issue.
Since it was just an online player, I attempted to view it wich resulted
in a dialog box indicating I needed to download and install a codec in
order to view the presentation. I tried to "x" out of that dialog but it
kept repeating, so I ended up using CTRL+ALT+DEL and ending task
on my browser in order to get off that site.

Ok, so that's all I needed to know. It's most likely a trick to get you
download and install some kind of malware. The codec is probably a
trojan.

This must be a brand new one because I was not
able to find much info on it, related to malware.

If anyone has any other info please, post it.
Thanks.

---pete---
 

Seth

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#4
It's just a joke, but the prompt for the codec is likely the MediaCodec Trojan.

Send me the link via PM Pete. I'll get the codec.
 

plushy

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#5
haha I was looking for this file and came across this forum and decided to register to tell you. screenclean.swf is a shockwave file that shows a picture of a puppy licking the screen, it's quite funny :p I doubt you need to worry about it harming you, it's rather cute actually.
 

Seth

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#6
Yes it's rather cute. But, it can come with a very stubborn variant of the MediaCodec Trojan as was the case in this scenario.