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Public Service Announcement by karmat111 Public Service Announcement by karmat111
This is another 'public service announcement' to try and alert the people who are still downloading all the malware-infected skins in the Rainmeter Gallery on deviantART!

This has been going on for almost a year and a half! Right now on the main Rainmeter gallery page, out of 120 showing, 110 of them are infected skins!!! And on the next page, there are more. And there are people still downloading them, I can't believe it!

Do they not have anti-virus software on their systems to warn them? Do they not read the warnings that we, in the Rainmeter Group, post around? Do they not notice that the previews are identical to ones that are already out there? Do they not notice that in the gallery, the same thumbnails are there over and over again? Do they not notice that the comments are disabled or hidden? Do they not notice that the loser just joined today and has like 10 skins in their gallery? Do they not know by now that there are basement dwellers with nothing better to do with their time than upload this crap?

Do they think that deviantART moderates the site for malware? The people who are doing this just pull the skins before deviantART reacts to a report and just upload different ones. It's only the odd time that one of them gets caught and banned. Or they deactivate their account and open another one in a different name.

They get most of the skins and previews from Customize.org, so if you really want the original skin without a virus, just go to [link] and look for it there!

Here's a complete list of the 'new' members that are uploading malware into pre-existing skins to screw up YOUR computer! If you don't believe me, go ahead and download one of them....


DO NOT DOWNLOAD ANYTHING FROM THESE USERS:
~amokstar
~ChurchOfMars
~jenn-con
~Zackzc
~wapix74000
~crewl
~NetoStyle

BANNED FOR UPLOADING MALWARE IN RAINMETER SKINS:
!fluffydeviant
!aaalexeee
!profedia2fedia
!jittojohn5
!Alexandrette07
!brew1086
!JustinRelo
!Crystal-Tutt
!DJRain
!ravz1337
!darkuser1
!keiththebreeze
!elfayette87
!electrolyt
!AmazingRainmeter
!ArtIcyrock
!damian33
!Xi0ner
!kellysmith13
!RainingArt
!SuicidalShoe
!PaulKlaster
!phreakx5
!scoobeigh
!saint-luciferr
!Mongoose25th
!lorenzo-889
!zippostaff
!ye8us
!jammie-clone
!fedia-profedia
!laila-motshagen
!artyboy007
!Zorax97
!boby-sarah
!itisjustmy
!PCThemes
!ssmarie88
!Jessica492
!seanM2000
!awesomeadmin
!Juliana-Artista
!granno123
!TechADMIN
!willem300852
!Miss-Devianta
!lolskillstorm
!captivemind9
!GlobalRain
!bobyGold
!DeviantMedium
!xtechnique
!artworkmedia
!th4t0nek1d
!amberlee9
!isk8alot
!minx0
!JacobSPAZARD
!John874
!PortRain
!emilyb3ar
!hondje91
!Vegamobiel
!JohnBarrin
!Josh352
!jurppaaa
!XxsillyboyxX
!radiatingshare
!chotis-n70
!Johnzz9
!madara-shodaime
!Greg6666
!is0pr0
!fransbroosus
!santorm
!afentra
!EliteDev
!christopher07
!Becabo
!rickyrozay240
!RainScene
!RainmeterFreak
!Zach435
!Jennyf3r01
!VEVOdesign
!faceoflife
!d-evian-t
!patwar10
!Charlotesweb11
!pedroialuva15
!dev--iant
!ARTmedium
!twinsen07
!DarkSec
!Jasmin2
!Dev-Iant55
!povocomxp
!godfath3r126
!kirbypro999
!deviantart-23
!Harry4924
!m3mbrane
!ThePrinceFrog
!jakehop22
!Glitzzglamour
!melissad99
!silentladyhome
!OmnimoMEDIA
!Filler500x
!RainmeterMan2012
!sikora69
!dbrooks1001
!Blink182ftw
!Cali-Artist
!SpicyGirl21
!nature77
!OpenSourcer
!ReallyLOL
!HelloTripleOseven
!ThemeMaster989
!Travi4Life
!EmiliaLasting
!mohidinbeg
!man23456
!randheeraksha
!lizzyannewilliams
!silnia
!JohnR81
!HappyFella90
!Theboyz
!playsoccer23
!matta66
!santoruis
!Gizzmo123
!antoncarlson
!djredguy
!SGTSpliceps
!mirana12345
!onurize
!kan3redz
!KimSlander
!Rubadubblub
!Dizyroo11
!wallakmi
!vandi123
!Fpali
!Ramiumeba
!Martinmills
!Picassiod
!steekarlkani
!Xclusive14
!Customindows
!radiothom
!Gilles123
!gvr131313
!wicked200
!DimondGeezer
!freedommozzy76
!Bulletproofz


Full screen rainmeter skin by me with code from Gerguter, r3rinald, Redefined-illution, VCloiuds, Kaelri, Taichou Henk, Witty Design, Eli
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:icondilshad9692:
Dilshad9692 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student Artist
You did a great job...
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:iconkarmat111:
karmat111 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Thanks, glad it's over with!
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:iconkamiru-desu:
Kamiru-desu Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
New one: [link]
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:iconkarmat111:
karmat111 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Thanks
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:icontrikshot:
trikshot Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Yay! Thank you to the deviantART staff (or whoever was responsible) for removing the hundreds of malicious themes. As a result, this Public Service Announcement has moved from being buried pages and pages and pages in to being only on the second page (with the default 24-deviations view).

Thanks for cleaning up the mess! :w00t:
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:iconkarmat111:
karmat111 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
We've been trying, dA has finally responded and cleaned out the gallery - but they are still coming in, so we have to keep at it.
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:iconkuslig:
kuslig Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
The lengths some people go through to spread their crap. Fuckers! Thanks for the heads up Karen! :blowkiss:
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:iconkarmat111:
karmat111 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
no problem :)
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:iconwarrenclyde:
WarrenClyde Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Sickening...pathetic no lifes and the scum of society.
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:icondv-ent:
dv-ent Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i think its a disgrace... and to be honest, has made me give up on making new skins for the time being :(
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:iconkarmat111:
karmat111 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
You could share your work over at the Forums under 'Share Your Creation' and at Customize.org (they actually have moderators there that will ban people!) and at Wincustomize.com (they moderate before accepting work), don't let these losers stop you from creating!
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:icondoctorv23:
DoctorV23 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Thanks Karen for doing this. :)

What is dA trying to do, get blacklisted by Google? :frustrated:
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:iconjsmorley:
jsmorley Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Karen, I sent you a PM on the Rainmeter forums...
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:iconpaulrokicki:
PaulRokicki Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
with so many options for FREE antivirus software everyone should have one installed. if they dont then they are plain stupid.
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:iconkarmat111:
karmat111 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
agreed
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:icontrikshot:
trikshot Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
It's really sad what these lowlifes have done to the Rainmeter gallery. It used to be that there was an occasional "Comments Disabled" theme among the legitimate ones, but over the past couple of months it's really ramped up so that it's rare to see a legitimate theme among all the "Comments Disabled" malware. It even got to the point that 24 out of 24 on the first page of the most recent uploads (and 29 of the most recent 30) were "Comments Disabled." :steaming:

What can be done about this? It has gotten out of hand! :frustrated:
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:iconkarmat111:
karmat111 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Complain to deviantART, educate your friends, report each one you come across. When people stop downloading them, the children who are doing this will get bored and move on to something else destructive.
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trikshot Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
I'm wondering whether or not the download counter increases are due to people testing them on virustotal.com. Following this line of thought, I tried an experiment. I picked a random "Comments Disabled" theme and fed its download URL to the URL scanner at virustotal.com and had it scan the file. I then reloaded the theme's page and the download counter had increased by 2.

Only the deviantART staff would be able to tell by looking at the download logs, but I have a feeling many of those downloads would be attributed to VirusTotal or similar virus testing sites.
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:iconkarmat111:
karmat111 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Well, that's a nice thought, I hope you're right.
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:iconprimalplan:
primalplan Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Upload your skin bud :)
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:iconlagadesk:
LaGaDesk Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for this informations! :)

:wave:
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:iconvorgonjam:
Vorgonjam Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't download anything that says "comments disabled"...For me that tells me that either the author is a thief(stealing other artists work), or MALWARE...

I can't believe people are still downloading that crap...

karmat111, keep up the good work warning people, maybe one day it will dawn on them not to download the junk....
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:iconkarmat111:
karmat111 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
hope so
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:iconshippd:
ShippD Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Holy shit batman did not realize that was still going on.... yep DA is no help at all like you said they just open a new account..But it sucks we cant trust what is uploaded..I say we track them down and well i'll send someone to there front door see how they like that..I have done that before and the kid was not happy and well his dad answered the door and i told him what was up and well the kid was never around again lol...you can track a ip addy...Thanks Karen
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:iconkarmat111:
karmat111 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
I know, they are probably all about 11 years old! Little shits, bring back the strap!
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:iconshippd:
ShippD Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
yep i am sure they are.....
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