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I just followed a link from another site (I was looking for tech data...nothing naughty) when bang! Dialler installed, (and very promptly uninstalled) multiple porn thumbnails, some dubious search page, even more porn......it's taken me 20 minutes to clear this garbage from my system.
It's getting so that the entire internet is a minefield of hostile adware.......how ARE these muppets getting away with this scam?
I thought you used a firewall? Did it still get through?
I know EXACTLY what you mean! I have to scan everyday because I keep getting adware etc. The internet is filthy. Last year I never really worried about it, now it's like a chore. :mad:
edit::: I used virus scan, firewall, and spybot destroyer.
[ 03. May 2004, 01:33: Message edited by: THORN ]
Originally posted by Simulation:
I thought you used a firewall? Did it still get through?I have THREE firewalls installed. Yes, either the spyware is coming through on a benign channel, or it is sleeperware.
I am seriously thinking about backing up and reloading.
Yeah, know what you mean. There are so many places for them to hide out in the OS.
Since when is "THREE firewalls" a good defence? :confused:
IMHO: either ONE is doing its job, or more than one will conflict with each other or get confused, resulting in a bad job.
I have only ONE firewall, it is the hardware firewall whithin my router.
In an ideal situation the best setup is a software firewall and a hardware firewall such as a NAT enabled router and a good antivirus.
Most of the time those things are installed via ActiveX. Usually there is a popup (like when getting the flash plugin) that says a particular piece of software is required to enter the site etc. In reality its not needed and is usually a dialer or some other piece of spyware/adware. Some computers may be set to automatically accept such items. This may be what you're experiencing.
Originally posted by joseph:
Since when is "THREE firewalls" a good defence? I have three firewalls because my system not a standard PC.
[ 03. May 2004, 02:36: Message edited by: RobBo ]
And "SAP" is...? Wireless? :confused:
edit: hey Robbo you changed your message! :D You spoke about "SAP"! Explain what it is, will you ?
[ 03. May 2004, 02:39: Message edited by: joseph ]
Don't panic, Joseph!
SAP is part of a network!
Why should i panic? I have NAT...
Like laracroft8290 says, these things are typically installed via ActiveX, and so no amount of firewalls is going to stop them. If you insist on using IE as your browser, then either disable active x scripting or set it to prompt. IE is a very insecure way to browse the web. Personally I use Mozilla, which also takes care of those annoying popups (no need for an extra program to stop them).
RobBo: You might like to try SpywareBlaster, available HERE (http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html)
It prevents these things from getting on your system in the first place, and you can also configure it with new baddies to block HERE (http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/blaster.htm)
I always run Zone Alarm if that's any good.
I use Zone Alarm and it seems pretty good. (and free http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif )
If one software firewall isnt enough, unplug the net from yer computer.
Originally posted by Draco:
If one software firewall isnt enough, unplug the net from yer computer.LMAO
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