Cox Communications is dedicated to protecting the internet experience of our customers. When Cox detects that one or more of your devices or computers is infected with malicious software, also known as malware or viruses, we send you an email to your preferred email address as well as any Cox Email addresses on your account.
Handling Viruses and Malware
Cox recommends several actions to help you resolve virus or malware infections.
- Check to make sure you have installed Cox Security Suite Plus powered by McAfee® to help keep your devices protected from online threats. Cox Security Suite Plus is offered at no additional charge to Cox Internet customers. To download the software for free, visit www.cox.com/securitysuite to sign in to My Account with your primary User ID and Password.
- Be sure to scan for viruses on all devices connected to your Cox Internet service. The computer or device that received the email notification may not be the infected device or computer.
Because no single security software is 100% effective, Cox recommends that you run additional software in addition to Cox Security Suite Plus. There are many anti-virus programs available, both free and for purchase. The following are a few examples of additional software that can remove infections.
- Microsoft Safety Scanner - Microsoft Safety Scanner is a scan tool designed to find and remove malware from Windows computers.
- Norton Power Eraser - This tool is useful if your computer has become a victim of crimeware that regular virus scans cannot detect.
While this software may be helpful to you, Cox provides support only for Cox Security Suite Plus. Contact the software manufacturer for assistance.
If you need some extra help, Cox offers premium technical support. Visit www.cox.com/completecare to reach Cox Complete Care or call 877-COX-ASST (269-2778).
Malware and Virus Types
You may receive an email notification regarding the following malware, viruses, or system vulnerabilities. Use the table below to learn more.
|Virus, Malware, or Vulnerability||Details|
|Zeus||Zeus is a Trojan virus designed to steal confidential information from the computers it compromises. It specifically targets the following information. |
|ZeroAccess||ZeroAccess is a Trojan virus that compromises computers in the following ways. |
|Zbot||Zbot is a Backdoor that targets the Windows operating system. This malware is a variant of the Zeus banker Trojan and is also known as the Panda Banker. It identifies itself to the control server and obtains instructions for further operations, such as the following. |
|Esendi.A||Esendi.A is a severe malware with multiple purposes, such as the following. |
|Sality||Sality is malicious software that may communicate over a peer-to-peer (P2P) network to form a botnet for the following purposes. |
|Makanpu.A||Makanpu.A is a bot agent that targets the Windows operating system to do the following actions. |
|Bladabindi||Bladabindi is a remote access tool (RAT) malware that does the following actions. |
|Ramnit||Ramnit is a worm that steals sensitive data, including personal and banking information, and allows a backdoor connection for remote attackers, to do the following actions. |
|Open DNS Resolver||Open DNS Resolver is a setting in which a router, computer, or other internet-ready device provides recursive name resolution for clients outside of its administrative domain. This setting is typically triggered as a result of a virus or malware infection and results in the following issues. |
|Mirai||Mirai is malware that turns networked devices running Linux into botnets to do the following actions. |