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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    I have created listings of my "before" and "after" sessions.

    There were no changes to the files, apart from the obvious (cache, LogMeIn, Ammy, and the one program already mentioned).

    I cannot compare the registry listings, because there are control characters before every other character. The files are viewable in gedit, but not from my comparison programs (Meld Diff Viewer, which says the files are binary, or Diffuse Merge Tool, which displays all the characters and makes it hard for me to read). Do you know how to eliminate those control characters so that I may compare the files?

    I cannot attach the files, as they are too large; the compressed set takes 5.4Mb. If you wish to have a copy, let me know and I'll see whether or not I can use Ubuntu One to share the files (I've never used Ubuntu One so I don't know how it works).
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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    Winhex would do what you want although I don't think it's terribly user-friendly.

    edit- the winhex user manual is 131 pages...

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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    Quote Originally Posted by Ms. Daisy View Post
    Winhex would do what you want although I don't think it's terribly user-friendly.

    edit- the winhex user manual is 131 pages...
    Oh, a Windows program! Hmm...

    I have uploaded the file to Ubuntu One (5.6Mb).
    Last edited by Paddy Landau; June 18th, 2012 at 12:04 PM. Reason: Minor correction to the size
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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    Heh, I've had 8 calls from these guys so far. The first time they tried to tell me that my "windows server" had errors and that they can show them to me. I haven't answered the phone again, but they did call from a 1-000-000-0000 number.

    Think it's time to set up a VM running Windows 95 or something and have some fun should they call back..
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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesA View Post
    Think it's time to set up a VM running Windows 95 or something and have some fun should they call back..
    That should be fun. Or download Windows 8 Preview and use that.

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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    I've had several of these scam calls. I usually tell them that I have put a curse on them and they will lose all their money or that they will go to prison.
    This was the best retaliation that I heard of:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/3887493.stm

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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy Landau View Post
    ... I cannot compare the registry listings, because there are control characters before every other character. ... Do you know how to eliminate those control characters so that I may compare the files?
    I have tried Winhex, which created an enormous report of 324Mb -- but it assumed that the input files were hex and produced a byte-by-byte hex comparison. No good.

    I tried iconv, which succeeded in converting the UTF16LE files only part-way before failing, so that was no good.

    EDIT: I have assumed UTF16LE, as the file command says so.

    I have run out of ideas to compare the files. They are easily readable in gedit, but it seems no program can actually compare them sensibly

    If no one here can help, I'll create a new thread to ask for help. EDIT: I've created a new thread for this.
    Last edited by Paddy Landau; March 24th, 2012 at 04:53 PM. Reason: More information
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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    I don't want to rain on your parade, but you have ventured into the world of digital forensics. I haven't found anyone into that on Ubuntu forums. You may want to look for a digital forensics forum, I can't recommend any particular one as I haven't used any. There are a few digital forensics tool kits that are free: WinHex and SANS SIFT. Other more powerful toolkits cost thousands of US dollars. I haven't found the paid or free versions to be intuitive in the least. AFAICT, they require extensive knowledge and training to use them to their fullest extent.

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    Re: Beating back the telephone virus scammers

    Ms. Daisy, all I want to do is find what differences there are in two apparently text files! If it gets complicated, I won't bother. I've had no response to my other thread, so I think I'll not bother

    Thanks for your advice.
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