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  1. tifosi69

    tifosi69 Formula 3

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    Guys, it has come to my attention that some of these links to the great nudie pics and "not workplace safe" material are becoming a cesspool of viruses and spyware. I have had my machine lock down, start crazily scrolling by itself up and down pages and doing all sorts of crazy possessed stuff immediately after visiting these links. Now I know that is my own fault for going and seeking out "titilation" (LOL) but I am just wanting to see if others are experiencing the same and if there is some way we can all, as a community, prevent it. Since many different people are providing these links I am not going to go down the conspiracy road, nor do I want to say don't post them because some (see Janet Jackson's Choco Taco and Carreaper's awesome model links) have been quite good. Any thoughts?
     
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  3. formula1joe

    formula1joe Formula Junior

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    I was wondering why I was not seeing a few of these sites come up. We have so many security layers and programs at work, one of must keep catching what you have been experiancing.
     
  4. bkaird1

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    Hey Al,

    Do you use a spyware remover? You can also reduce it my using a browser other than IE. I use FireFox (a streamlined version of Mozilla) and don;t have problems.

    Brad
     
  5. tonyh

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  6. tvrfreak

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    Install a firewall.
    Install anti-virus software.
    Turn off the messenger service.
    Install ad-aware.
    Install the google toolbar and enable the blocking of pop-ups.

    You might also have something like eGain crap-ware installed on your computer already. There's software out there that can check your computer and tell you if you have such stuff. To have it cleaned out, you need to pay and buy the software, but it's relatively straight-forward to remove it yourself if you know how to edit the register and blow away registery keys. So just the free scanning service of the software and do the work manually or buy it and have it do the work for you. Do a google search on "automatically remove eGain software and other spyware" to find it.
     
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  8. tvrfreak

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    Haha, that's the one I was thinking of...thanks Tony!
     
  9. tifosi69

    tifosi69 Formula 3

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    Nice try Tony... I'm not falling for that one! LOL BTW, I currently use Adaware but ran the scan and removed the components AFTER they were already on the machine. Do I have it set up wrong? Is there a way to have it constantly running in the background?
     
  10. karmavore

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    Mine has been doing this at work from time to time. I thought it was a new (old) mouse, but it could be spyware...

    I guess when you mess with the skanky _ussy you have to be prepared to get a bug :)

    BTW, I use spybot (free) to keep me clean.

    Luke.
     
  11. tonyh

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    No, it's not a trick!! That's the way i scan my pc too.....i don't think it's poss to have it running in the background.
     
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  13. Enzo

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    What links? It would be nice to know what links you are talking about.
     
  14. tifosi69

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    I use Norton Anti-Virus Corporate Edition, have Windows XP Office Edition , use adaware. Could you tell me HOW to turn off the mesenger service? Also, what does the google toolbar accomplish? Grazie
     
  15. tifosi69

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    LLO Luke, I know what you are saying...I said it's technically MY fault, however, it's hard to resist the poo-nannie! LOL
     
  16. thecarreaper

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    i visit the sites i post links to on a daily basis ( not just porn sites). if there is a problem with something i post please let me know so i can do whatever it takes to eliminate the problem. i have had my firewall nailed a few times recently on here as well. but not in the the "porn" links. i use a router and a double firewall so its kindy off " too much" sometimes.
     
  17. rob lay

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    Just a note it has nothing to do with our site, but you knew that. Almost any of these sites try to install spyware on you.
     
  18. Forza1

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    Curiosity killed the cat. :)


    -DC
     
  19. tifosi69

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    You are correct sir!
     
  20. Bryan

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    Besides LavaSoft and Spybot, I also started using WinPatrol
    www.winpatrol.com

    It monitors changes to the registry and asks for the user's approval before allowing such.

    Also allows cookie blasting.

    Base program is freeware, enhanced version is $20US
     
  21. vette79

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    Im headed out the door, so just a few quick comments. just my .02, take it or leave it.
    I have spent a decent amount of time as a network/computer technician... and I see more and more of this nasty spyware crap every week. seems lately that spyware causes more problems than viruses. you get six spyware programs running on your computer at the same time, you dont know it, and they start causing havoc. spyware and such are best removed from your system by downloading the Ad-aware program. as far as the messenger service, that seems to spawn popups, go to GRC.com, then to the downloads page, and look for kill the messenger. this Gibson fellow is a brilliant programmer, used by the government. his site has a lot of useful programs, you should check it out. and about the poster complaining of a "posessed" computer, i would install a Different version of antivirus than you have now, and make sure it is updated. chances are you have a trojan virus that got past your current viruscan software. good luck!
     
  22. rob lay

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    About two months ago my computer was running really slow, I ran a virus scan and I think it found the SoBig one. Computer ran 100% better. Last night my computer was acting really bad and it always works really good. I scanned my entire computer and it didn't find anything. I then rebooted several times, but still programs were locking up. I'll run my spyware program next. I do that every month it finds 30-40 that need to be removed.
     
  23. Bryan

    Bryan Formula 3

    Rob:

    a few suggestions. 30-40 spyware infections per month is way too much exposure, not to mention the hassle and slow performance.

    1. If you don't have your anti-virus software setup now to scan and protect on the fly, then you should. If your present AV software doesn't do this, then change to one that does...Norton, McAfee, Sophos are all good.

    2. Run a virus AND spyware scan at least weekly, not monthly. Update your virus definition list frequently. The automatic subscription/update option (LiveUpdate in Norton) is well worth the annual fee ($30-50US)

    3. Many of the more sophisticated viruses will actually shutdown your AV software (anti-anti-virus??). To be absolutely sure, you need to do a 'clean boot" from a floppy disk that is 100% uninfected, run your AV. Once you get the automatic scanning option functioning, the above process is no longer needed, but you MUST start with a clean machine.

    I use Norton Internet Security. It offers considerable protection beyond AV alone, including firewall and port protection, without impacting performance. The other reputable companies offer similar full protection products.

    I also use a router with a hardware firewall. While I do this partially because of the home network, routers are cheap and useful even for just one computer. For the geek, you can even put one in an old 486 computer. For others, just buy a router...Netgear, Linksys, D-Link, SMC. Easily <$100US.

    Let's be careful out there.
     
  24. Bryan

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    When you install the Google Toolbar, you can turn on popup blocking. Very useful. I have never seen a popup I was interested in.

    http://toolbar.google.com/

    FYI, I turned off the advanced functions; you'll see what this implies if you install the toolbar.

    Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean there aren't some folks really out to get me.
     
  25. Bryan

    Bryan Formula 3

    Firefox also allows more control over cookies and popups than IE or even Mozilla.

    http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/
     

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