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0 posted 06-20-2004 03:44 PM       View Profile for Ratleader   Email Ratleader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ratleader's Home Page   View IP for Ratleader


I have had trouble recently with the adware and spyware in my computer, stuff that watches where you go and reports it to outside parties, and/or puts ad windows up as if they were coming from websites you visit.

I bought programs to take it out of my computer, but it kept coming back, seemingly every time I went online.

This time I cleaned after a fresh reboot, went only to a PIP forum, and rechecked. The result: eight instances of adware and spyware suddenly appeared.

I got multiple instances of some. The names of the ones I found are: VX2.f; VX2.ABetterInternet; StopPop; Twain-Tech (three instances); and Downloadware (two instances).

This stuff violates personal security and can do things like stealing passwords and private information, as well as downloading advertising to your machine and displaying it on you. It also slows down the computer's operation.

I'll keep checking my own computer each time I'm here, but I'd appreciate it if you'd look for it on the site and take it off if you find it.
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1 posted 06-20-2004 03:46 PM       View Profile for Ratleader   Email Ratleader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ratleader's Home Page   View IP for Ratleader

Grrrr....I just redisplayed this message, and got a popup offering me the golden chance to improve my computer's performance -- Irony Rules!

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2 posted 06-20-2004 05:11 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

Yikes, this is NOT a good side benefit!
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Perhaps it's the ads that help pay for the site that are doing this? I didn't know that the adware stuff would take your passwords...(it's a good idea to change them often and keep the world guessing).
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4 posted 06-20-2004 07:37 PM       View Profile for Ratleader   Email Ratleader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ratleader's Home Page   View IP for Ratleader

The adware won't, that's only a pain in the (fill in the blank)... but the same type of bug can be used to report every keystroke you enter....so if I go to my bank or online broker somebody I don't know could get my account numbers, pins and passwords.

Here's the lowdown on that vx2.f -- it's a type that can do either: http://www.pestpatrol.com/pestinfo/v/vx2.asp

I just tested again and didn't have them, and I have visited a couple of different forums. So, maybe it's a fluke or was placed there by one of the ad banners that only come up occasionally. I dunno, but I don't like it and thought I'd better let folks know.

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Ads on the Internet cannot run programs on your computer unless you tell them they can, either by clicking a program (in which case you are asked to run or save the program) or by allowing Active-X controls. It's possible you have Active-X controls enabled, but not likely (at least no one should EVER have them enabled).

I hate to say it, but the most likely scenario is that you are infected and not being as fully cleaned as you might think. Otherwise, I would expect a lot more people to be experiencing the same (including me, since I use IE on the forums). Easy to check. Clean your system as you did before and then do NOT come into the forums. If you see the same thing on, say, Google, you can be sure your own system is the one requesting the programs to be loaded.

I'm a bit rushed for time right now, but will check into our advertisers a bit later to see if other sites have complained about nefarious behaviors.
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6 posted 06-20-2004 07:56 PM       View Profile for Ratleader   Email Ratleader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ratleader's Home Page   View IP for Ratleader

Thanks, Ron -- meanwhile I'll go look at Active-X to be sure it's off. I'm pretty sure I'm getting clean though, I'm using two different systems and I've searched for individual files that were said to be associated with them.

Hopefully it's a false alarm --

Happy Father's Day, PIP Pappy!

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