How to Remove Yahoo Messenger IQ Test Virus?

How to Remove Yahoo Messenger IQ Test Virus?

Yahoo Messenger IQ Test Virus

I’ve been getting weird messages from friends lately in Yahoo Messenger regarding this IQ test. A conversation will look like this,

>heyy
>I just took an IQ test here.. pretty cool 😛
>got a 113 lol… I thought I was smarter than that
>you should see if you can do better than me… if you can ill buy you a drink
>try it… I bet you cant haha
>take it now while i take a shower lol
>ill be back in a few after im all fresh

If you do see the link, do not click the link. It is a link to the virus that will install itself on your computer and you will be the one who’s going to be sending those messages now. You don’t want to be labeled a virus spreader don’t you?

If you are infected, here is what you should do.

  • Do not connect use Yahoo Messenger while you are infected – to spare others from the virus.
  • Scan your computer (you can use the eset online tool or malware bytes, freefixer, but make sure what you will be using is not a virus in disguise)
  • To be double sure, go to forums such as bleepingcomputer.com and ask for help to ensure that the virus is fully removed from your computer.
  • Reinstall your Yahoo Messenger (uninstall first, restart your computer then reinstall)
  • After everything is clean, change your password in yahoo then be careful in what you click.

Hope this helps and be safe while chatting and don’t be fooled by the Yahoo Messenger IQ Test Virus ok?

Till next time,

Allen

27 thoughts on “How to Remove Yahoo Messenger IQ Test Virus?

  1. Hey Allen! Thanks to your site I was able to prevent this virus from even touching my PC. This is the new updated conversation:

    >heyy
    >I just took an IQ test here.. pretty cool 😛
    >got a 113 lol… I thought I was smarter than that
    >you should see if you can do better than me… if you can ill buy you a drink
    >try it… I bet you cant haha
    >take it now while i take a shower lol
    >ill be back in a few after im all fresh

  2. Hey – thanks for putting this up. I got an IM like this and I thought it was pretty strange, so I googled some of the language before I went to the link and your website came up. I really appreciate it!

  3. Thanks for the info. Glad I looked up the site before clicking.

  4. this Virus is sophisticated! * out id’s and link

    zf* (10/7/2010 3:44:39 PM): heyy long time no talk!
    mr_*(10/7/2010 4:19:21 PM): yep it’s been a while
    zf* (10/7/2010 4:19:38 PM): i just took an IQ quiz here.. pretty cool
    mr_* (10/7/2010 4:19:46 PM): where?
    zf*(10/7/2010 4:20:03 PM): got a 113 lol… I thought I was smarter than that
    mr_* (10/7/2010 4:22:22 PM): where did you take the test?
    zf* (10/7/2010 4:22:44 PM): you should see if you can do better than me… if you can ill buy you a drink
    mr_* (10/7/2010 4:23:15 PM): link to quiz?
    zf* (10/7/2010 4:23:36 PM): try it… http://ho****.com/?invitecode=**40a8 I bet you cant haha
    mr_* (10/7/2010 4:23:55 PM): will give it a shot
    zf* (10/7/2010 4:24:11 PM): take it now while I take a shower lol
    mr_* (10/7/2010 4:25:16 PM): nice virus you are lol
    zf* (10/7/2010 4:25:28 PM): lol no, stop doubting me
    mr_hts_1 (10/7/2010 4:26:30 PM): then who am I then? do you even know me?
    zf* (10/7/2010 4:26:44 PM): i guess you are my friend lol
    mr_* (10/7/2010 4:27:22 PM): you should know the site I used to run or should I say I bought from you
    zf* (10/7/2010 4:27:38 PM): ill be back in a few after im all fresh
    mr_* (10/7/2010 4:31:47 PM): ok Virus I’ll wait for you
    zf*(10/7/2010 4:32:02 PM): BRB, let me know your score when im back!

  5. Hey there…thanks for the reminder…
    Phew!! Was able to avoid clicking on the link when i googled the address up and found your site. Luckyly too, the msg came from a friend who hardly msged and seldom spoke English :). Anyway, I think you’re doing people such a big favor by putting this up on your site. Thanks again 🙂

  6. Help me I open mine how will I know the thing removed it do you have the actual name ?

  7. Hey guys,
    This is a virus that builds itself onto your computer and it’s built out of Moscow, Russia. Every person they scam into this, they’re getting roughly $3 USD. I’m not sure if they’re getting it from you or how they’re getting it, but they’re getting it. DO NOT click this link!

  8. Thanks so much. I got this weird message at 3:30 AM from a friend that I knew would not be up. It sounded weird so I researched and found your warning.. I sent it to all my friends with no attachment. Just an FYI. Thank You

  9. My mother just got this. It didn’t have the shower discussion and included a $20 bet.

    Rick/Home: hey
    Vicky Bergstrom: hi honey
    Rick/Home: i just took an IQ quiz here.. pretty cool
    Vicky Bergstrom: ah, how’d it go?
    Rick/Home: got a 113 lol… I thought I was smarter than that
    Vicky Bergstrom: I already know you’re brilliant though…
    Vicky Bergstrom: you are….test is obviously FLAWED…
    Rick/Home: you should see if you can do better than me… http://howsma***.com/?invitecode=***6782 if u can ill give you twenty dollars lol
    Rick/Home: try beating me… I bet you cant lol

  10. thanks for posting this. i just got this I/M as well. luckily the I/M did not contain a link so i don’t think i’m infected as i didn’t click on anything. the original conversation is what was sent to me, almost word for word. thanks again for posting this, i’m so glad i googled!

  11. Thanks for the info! I was notified by a friend earlier this week that my account got hacked, yet I’ve never received an IM like that, let alone clicked on the link! I don’t use Yahoo Messenger much at all any more and I don’t even have it installed on my laptop. On the rare occasion I DO use it, I use the one I can access directly from my email account. I also have Yahoo Mobile Messenger on my phone.

    I had my web browser/email account open while I was watching movies last weekend, and both nights I noticed that I got disconnected from my email chat because it said I had signed in using another device. I checked my phone, and I wasn’t signed in to Mobile Messenger. Once I found out about this virus, I checked the settings in my Yahoo account. Some of the security settings had been CHANGED, as were the ones on my phone!!

    I immediately changed my password and security settings, notified my contacts via a phone text message, and removed my email retrieval information and Mobile Messenger from my phone. (I realized that my yahoo ID and passwords were saved in my phone so I never had to enter them to access my email/messenger. I’m smart enough to NOT do that on my computer, yet I did it on my phone!!) I’m curious as to whether it’s possible to have your account hacked through your cell phone. Thoughts?

  12. This may not be a virus, but instead an account hijack. More than one friend of mine has got this without clicking on the link, and they were signed off with a signed-on-elsewhere message when the messages were sent.

  13. VIRUS: Hi
    Jhey : hello
    Virus: I just took an IQ quiz here.. pretty cool 😛
    Jhey : 2nd time a virus IM me.
    Virus : got a 113 lol… I thought I was smarter than that
    Jhey : yeah ryt lets see till when will you keep on sending me msg.
    Virus : you should see if you can do better than me… http://iqtestinglpas.com/?invitecode=6hjwo9337c if you can ill give you twenty dollars lol
    Jhey : yea yea
    VIRUS : try beating me… I bet you cant lol
    Jhey : watever
    VIRUS: take it now while I take a shower lol
    Jhey: -__-
    Virus: brb, let me know your score when im back!

    GOOD THING the 1st person who sent me this msg is someone i really don’t like talking to. and the 2nd time i received this msg was when the SUPPOSED to be user of the account is IN DEEP SLEEP already. and she doesnt use english talking to me we talk in chinese always. that’s why i doubted it and thank you for the advice!

  14. if your friend is using a different font from the default Arial, it’s pretty obvious. That was the first part of me knowing something’s wrong. Almost everyone in my list is already sending me these.

  15. i tried clicking on the file, but i cant access it..im lucky hahaha

  16. Hi there! Thanks for the info.
    I can see that this friend does’nt use english at all when she’s chatting with me, and she was in school that time. obviously she’s not the one typing. I replied “hacker” then the hacker typed back “im not hacked!” lol. good thing i did not get the virus

  17. Thank you for posting this I did not click on the link the message is about the same has changed a little if you want me to post the new version i received yesterday..just let me know….Troy

  18. i got a kick out of talking with it :))

  19. HEY! its gotten smarter D: if you ask ” -insert friends name here- is this really you?” its says “Yea its me 🙂 ” … =.=
    I have it now but its only the third or forth time ive gotten the message.

  20. I’m very grateful for this warning. I just got that message from my brother whom I knew was saving his money. So when he bet me $20 I thought something was odd. I di try the website but thankfully my computer didn’t let me through and I found this site when I searched for it.

  21. Thank you so much for this warning! I first got tricked into this by one of my friends, she suddenly IM’d me & asked me to take the IQ test. I believed her then I clicked on the link, redirecting me to some site named “Travian”. Good thing I was using a public computer at the time and not my laptop. :)) So the next time I encountered the message, I jokingly conversed with the virus but I DID NOT click the link. Many of my friends have this virus already, but it’ pretty obvious because the friend who usually IM me these stuff are those whom I don’t really talk to much & others who have already changed & updated their YM ID’s.

  22. Oops!
    I clicked before I saw this info!

  23. Hey dude! Thanks for the advice. Currently running the antivirus scan now. Anyway if you type virus it will say
    “lol no, stop doubting me”

    hahaha what the hell.

    Thanks. 🙂

  24. I thought something was fishy when my cousin sent me that link and started writtin me we hate each others guts then i saw that and thought fishy shes tryin to do something. copied and pasted link onto google and found out it was a virus thank you so much you saved my computer!!!!!

  25. I got the same strange conversation and given link from my lil’ bro. At first I didn’t see any weird conversation since it said it was for some school project something but when it give some strange link I started to doubt it. I tried asking but it completely ignore me. Yeah I click the link too but it directed me to google.com instead but the address bar still have the link. Here are the conversation I manage to record first and second time…

    1st conversation
    >you there?
    you there?
    <yeah im here
    will you do me a quick favor and take an IQ quiz for a project im doing?
    I need to see how many people out of my friends get over a 115.
    <huh?
    just go to hxxp://iqtest293.com/?invitecode=djfwsu6785 and take the test.. if u do ill owe you big time.
    you dont even know me anymore? wow..
    please let me know what score you get. thanks so much
    im going to go cook while you do it
    brb, let me know your score when im back!
    you there?
    will you do me a quick favor and take an IQ quiz for a project im doing?
    I need to see how many people out of my friends get over a 115.
    just go to hxxp://iqtest657.com/?invitecode=38l8vjf873 and take the test.. if u do ill owe you big time.
    lol no, stop doubting me
    please let me know what score you get. thanks so much
    im going to go cook while you do it
    brb, let me know your score when im back!
    <I got the answer a lot of times already

    Not sure if it infect Linux system though since I'm using Ubuntu Empathy during the conversation…

  26. i was looking for this friend a long time ago and he added me … and when it did instead of finding how i am … he gaved me the link … i thought it was very strange and searched on google myself too and i was write that something was weired … i did not pressed on that link , i also get from other contacts of mine links without them talking to me … here is the little conversation , on how they aproach u …
    mcdonald: hey there Lucia: hi bb
    Lucia: wow u r here
    mcdonald: can you pleasee help me out really quick and take an IQ quiz for a major final project im doing? i need to see how many people out of my friends get over a 105
    Lucia: what do u mean ?
    mcdonald: just go to hxxp://www.iqtest8509.com/?invitecode=ldofilfdbe and take the test.. if you do ill owe you big time Lucia: can i know ur name?
    mcdonald: please let me know what score you get. thanks so much
    Lucia: sorry , i thought u r somebody else
    mcdonald: im going to go cook while you do it
    Lucia: but do u know who i am ?
    mcdonald: BRB, let me know your score when im back!

    I KNOW IT’S A VIRUS SO , THIS DOESN’T WORK FOR ME … U STOLE THIS ID AND U WILL BE REPORTED …

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