hacked win 10 install from MCT-created media

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  1. Posts : 1,788
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       #11

    Marie SWE said:
    MS accounts, don't they sunk as default.. The others can answer that... as i have never used an MS account my self as local account is better in every way.

    Who knows... Your wife might be a super hacker... that is the best in the world (I'm joking of course)
    What i meant was if some one has saved some interesting things to read.. or clicked on a bad link.... When you are more users on the same device it is not easy to keep track on things so to speak.
    When was the folders and document created? (right click and properties) Then you can figure out when they popped up.... and if you might have saved it from another place or installed some program at the date and time, that might have created it.

    Grab the coffee and start the scans
    I have my cup beside me right now as i go thru some logs. Coffee and IT goes together. *smiling*
    Marie,

    Trust me on this. We have been married almost 30 years. If my wife has any hacking skills or interest she has kept that well hidden. Kids are grown up and out of the house, so it's just the two of us. My son has really good programming skills but I would be hurt and upset if he hacked my system. That's not in his nature. And he lives about 1500 km away from us.

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    I'm happy to report that I was able to do a normal Win 10 Pro 64 install, using the Media Creation Tool downloaded from the Microsoft web site. I use a different Win 10 system, in case my daily driver laptop has malware.

    I used the advanced repair options so I could start diskpart, and CLEANed the install drive.

    Anyway, it all worked and I;m happy.
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  2. Posts : 43,205
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       #12

    Purely speculating, you might have had some kind of rootkit infection present on your drive which would not have been removed simply by deleting O/S partitions. Wiping your drive and then clean installing as you have done should have dealt with that.
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  3. Posts : 6,920
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       #13

    FYI: I've sometimes seen text files like that added after installing software or else unzipping files to desktop. If you installed or tested some little known software recently it's possible that the installer created the text file.
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  4. Posts : 1,788
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       #14

    Callender said:
    FYI: I've sometimes seen text files like that added after installing software or else unzipping files to desktop. If you installed or tested some little known software recently it's possible that the installer created the text file.
    Windows 10??
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       #15

    x509 said:
    Marie,

    Trust me on this. We have been married almost 30 years. If my wife has any hacking skills or interest she has kept that well hidden. Kids are grown up and out of the house, so it's just the two of us. My son has really good programming skills but I would be hurt and upset if he hacked my system. That's not in his nature. And he lives about 1500 km away from us.

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    I'm happy to report that I was able to do a normal Win 10 Pro 64 install, using the Media Creation Tool downloaded from the Microsoft web site. I use a different Win 10 system, in case my daily driver laptop has malware.

    I used the advanced repair options so I could start diskpart, and CLEANed the install drive.

    Anyway, it all worked and I;m happy.
    *smiling* i was only joking about your wife being a super hacker.
    Have you not seen movies, there some one in the family is a secret agent, but has the boring suburban personality and is soccer-mom or a family-dad by day and then by night they become that super agent. *smiling*
    No i don't think anyone has messed with your computer

    Nice you have a clean install again.



    x509 said:
    Windows 10??
    What @Callender meant was what i hinted about in my previous post #10 where i wrote quote: ((or installed some program at the date and time, that might have created it.))
    That has nothing to do with Windows itself, but more about the program you install.... It dates back to the 80's where people that made/created programs wanted the users to read their stuff.. so they include desktop folders or files for easy reading... I don't say it is that, but i can be.
    So that was why i mention in post #10 quote: ((When was the folders and document created? (right click and properties) Then you can figure out when they popped up.... and if you might have saved it from another place or installed some program at the date and time, that might have created it.))
    Last edited by Marie SWE; 13 May 2023 at 10:27. Reason: spelling
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  6. Posts : 6,920
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       #16

    x509 said:
    Windows 10??
    Yes. It's better explained in Post #15
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  7. Posts : 1,250
    Windows 10
       #17

    Well where ever you got the initial MCT image this is where the image is pointing to Team OS : Your Only Destination To Custom OS !! they seem to have a substantial community if you are trusting of this then i guess a community this structured will be somewhat white hat where they are doing ethical stuff to the OS.

    All though error of caution would say why would you trust them over Microsoft? Microsoft is closed source at its core and then only parts of it are open. This would suggest that unless Team OS documents what they are doing then there is no reason to trust them to far, idk never looked into it and first time hearing of Team OS.

    As some people have mentioned and to elborate further the files on the system that you found are just calling cards sort of like business cards and is how dev engineers, hackers and cracking groups stamp their name on something they have reversed or cracked,

    often back in the day they were in races to see who could crack something first take games as a good example the old game cracking teams would stamp their name on the cracked software like this so that people knew they were the first to do it.

    Warez groups is a generalization of what i am talking about, this is just a short list of groups mix of old and some modern ones but this goes back to like the start of computers and there has been 1000s of groups, some even go under the radar more like an allegory or fable.
    List of warez groups - Wikipedia
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  8. Posts : 1,788
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       #18

    Malneb said:
    Well where ever you got the initial MCT image this is where the image is pointing to Team OS : Your Only Destination To Custom OS !! they seem to have a substantial community if you are trusting of this then i guess a community this structured will be somewhat white hat where they are doing ethical stuff to the OS.

    All though error of caution would say why would you trust them over Microsoft? Microsoft is closed source at its core and then only parts of it are open. This would suggest that unless Team OS documents what they are doing then there is no reason to trust them to far, idk never looked into it and first time hearing of Team OS.
    I'd never heard of TeamOS until now. It was clear that theses guys had tampered with the official MS release, and the opportunities for malware, identity theft, etc are risks not worth taking


    As some people have mentioned and to elborate further the files on the system that you found are just calling cards sort of like business cards and is how dev engineers, hackers and cracking groups stamp their name on something they have reversed or cracked,

    often back in the day they were in races to see who could crack something first take games as a good example the old game cracking teams would stamp their name on the cracked software like this so that people knew they were the first to do it.

    Warez groups is a generalization of what i am talking about, this is just a short list of groups mix of old and some modern ones but this goes back to like the start of computers and there has been 1000s of groups, some even go under the radar more like an allegory or fable.
    List of warez groups - Wikipedia
    I vaguely remember seeking posts (don't ask me which groups or forums) about cracked software, but I always ignored them.

    Are warez groups still a thing? Or has the trend to online distribution and registration of software pretty much killed off malware? In today's world, wouldn't cracked software be just a way to distribute malware?

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    Callender said:
    Yes. It's better explained in Post #15
    Yes.

    In any case, I was able to diskpart CLEAN the install NMVe drive and then do a clean install of Win 10 that looks legit. This diversion with TeamOS has been a bit of a wakeup call for me.
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  9. Posts : 1,250
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       #19

    Yes they are still a thing the legitimate groups are not about spreading Malware they are after the notoriety of cracking stuff or hacking into stuff that is really hard to do its not about spreading Malware but the challenge of it. Malware is just a byproduct of that because other people or groups do spread Malware this way by disusing the Malware using well known team names.

    Like example if you know some of the teams that are trusted like say SKIDROW who is one of the groups who probably have cracked the most games ever to date especially modern hard to crack ones are known as such but that comes with the caveat of fake sites/sources/groups that use that name to spread Malware to people who don't know the official channels or how to verify the sources of the files.

    I guess TeamOS wanted to get their name there with the MCT file and behind Microsoft's wall like think of it as defacing the Hollywood sign so it spells you name or something same sort of thing.

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    Keep in mind we do all this, because we can and because we like the thrilling excitement of winning over the other competing groups. We absolutely don't do all these releases, to please the general user that rather want to spend their cash on updating to the latest hardware, and sees the scene releases as a source to play all these games for free. Enjoy playing and remember if you like it, support the developer!
    Take this for example they will often write blurbs in their content. One from SKIDROW for example. In older times like on old game consoles they would wright their team names in the actual games code so like if you win the game or go to a certain screen it would show their team name instead, stuff like this.
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  10. Posts : 1,788
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       #20

    Malneb said:
    Yes they are still a thing the legitimate groups are not about spreading Malware they are after the notoriety of cracking stuff or hacking into stuff that is really hard to do its not about spreading Malware but the challenge of it. Malware is just a byproduct of that because other people or groups do spread Malware this way by disusing the Malware using well known team names.

    Like example if you know some of the teams that are trusted like say SKIDROW who is one of the groups who probably have cracked the most games ever to date especially modern hard to crack ones are known as such but that comes with the caveat of fake sites/sources/groups that use that name to spread Malware to people who don't know the official channels or how to verify the sources of the files.

    I guess TeamOS wanted to get their name there with the MCT file and behind Microsoft's wall like think of it as defacing the Hollywood sign so it spells you name or something same sort of thing.

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    Take this for example they will often write blurbs in their content. One from SKIDROW for example. In older times like on old game consoles they would wright their team names in the actual games code so like if you win the game or go to a certain screen it would show their team name instead, stuff like this.
    I guess I didn't know that groups like SKIDROW still existed. Even if I were a gamer which I am not, I wouldn't touch any of this stuff. It's like having an "open house for Malware foxes" at the chicken coop. I spend time and money to keep the malware away, and I'm not going to invite them in.
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