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!!!!-Photobucket.com Infected-!!!!

Lucifer_

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Report this Feb. 07 2010, 12:05 pm

Seems fine now...I saw no popups or anything unusual.

rocketscientist

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Report this Feb. 07 2010, 12:33 pm

Quote (trekbuff @ Feb. 07 2010, 11:57 am)
Hey folks.

I went to my photobucket account yesterday afternoon. There are often popups about various things and I just click on the little box with the "X" to close them.

Well, yesterday, nothing appeared unusual at photobucket.com. An ad popped up, I clicked on the little box with the "X" and my computer became infected. Porn sites and Viagra sites began popping up in new browser windows. There was a thing called "Antivirus Soft" telling me my computer was infected and I could download the full version by clicking on a particular option. Windows kept warning me my computer was infected. Nothing I did would stop it.

I have a hard firewall, two soft firewalls at different levels and Norton 2010 with every option turned on. I called Norton and was told that for $150.00 they would help me. I asked what my Norton 2010 software was for if not to stop this kind of thing. Now, here's the trick... The Norton rep told me that it was my fault my computer was infected because I clicked on the little box with the "X" and that is what infected my computer!!! She told me I should have typed + to close the ad and that by "clicking" ANYWHERE in the pop up was willingly allowing the virus to become part of my computer's system and, that because I had done so, Norton didn't see it as something I didn't want!!!

I've been doing this computer stuff, even writing software, for a while and I've never heard of the + thing.

So, folks, remember:
DO NOT CLICK ON THE LITTLE BOX WITH THE "X" TO CLOSE POP UP ADS!!!

WHEN YOU GET A POP UP AD, TYPE + TO CLOSE THE AD!!!


Thank goodness I had just rebuilt my system drive and had a backup :eyesroll: *Whew...*

T.

:O Holy SH** TB!!!

Thanks for the heads up!  

Sorry that happened to you, bro!  :(

DS9TREK

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Report this Feb. 07 2010, 12:52 pm

Quote (trekbuff @ Feb. 07 2010, 5:38 pm)
Hey Yanks...

Browser?! :laugh: I've been using IE6 for, like, ever. It wasn't until YouTube said I would soon need to update my browser that I even considered using another browser or updating from IE6. I tried to update to IE8 several months ago and it wouldn't work.. Microsoft blamed Norton, Norton blamed Microsoft.. Soooooo.... I updated to Norton 2010 and loaded IE8. What I ended up with was what seemed like slooooowwww dial up on a 3MBaud DSL line. I just figured Norton was doing its thing. Yeh, it's a resource hog, still.

I had considered Webroot AV and even bought it (it's sitting right here in the box) because browsing is goofy slow. Then the infection!!!!

Right now I'm using IE6 with Norton 2010 and it's pretty fast, but not as fast as my wife's work computer with whatever AV her company has on it. She'll be asking her IT folks tomorrow what's on her work computer.

Norton seems slow supposedly because it checks everything as it loads. What happened to me was, by clicking ANYWHERE on that box, I invited the infection into my computer. It was just like loading anything else from the net.

I don't believe the browser had anything to do with it, really. How could it???

Besides, it was probably my pride that caused it. Ya know that DE model pic? :O

That's your problem. IE6 is full of holes. The French and German governments have gone so far as to warn people to abandon IE altogether and use Firefox. It comes with a pop up blocker as standard.

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Report this Feb. 07 2010, 1:57 pm

TB, I had a similar virus Friday night, but I don't think I'd been to Photobucket for a few days--and I've never clicked the X there anytime recently.

It WAS pernicious--it wouldn't let me run anything else. You always know it's a "bogus" virus-fix software trying to get you to run it when they eventually mis-spell a word.

Finally I got it re-booted and ran System Restore--and even as it was running (VERY slowly) the virus was telling me it couldn't run it because of missing or corrupt files. But eventually System Restore DID run its course the way it should and I've been fine ever since. I ran McAfee through an upgrade and it fixed whatever minor problems it found.

Maybe it wasn't the same virus, but both before I re-booted and after I did it automatically launched some porn site window on my Internet. (I just use ordinary Internet Explorer, nothing fancy.)

rocketscientist

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Report this Feb. 07 2010, 4:19 pm

Quote (trekbuff @ Feb. 07 2010, 12:43 pm)
Quote (rocketscientist @ Feb. 07 2010, 12:33 pm)
:O Holy SH** TB!!!

Thanks for the heads up! ?

Sorry that happened to you, bro! ?:(

As I said, it's a good thing I had a fairly fresh backup of my comupter's system partition ;) It took me about an hour to do the recovery myself. All I really had to do after restoring the backup was update the Adobe FlashPlayer.

Had you ever heard of that + thing?

I learned a new trick out of it ;)

Nope, never heard of it.  

I passed that along to my wife immediately.  Again, thanks for the info.

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Report this Feb. 08 2010, 6:39 am

Not used my photobucket account for years , can't remember my username and password and it's probably been deactivated ages .... not that I'll miss it, only had a few photos there anyway.


I refuse to install or use M$ Malicious Software Removal Tool , on principle.... Sophos works just fine for me.

Avenger_Class2009

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Report this Feb. 08 2010, 12:37 pm

Quote (trekbuff @ Feb. 07 2010, 11:57 am)
Hey folks.

I went to my photobucket account yesterday afternoon. There are often popups about various things and I just click on the little box with the "X" to close them.

Well, yesterday, nothing appeared unusual at photobucket.com. An ad popped up, I clicked on the little box with the "X" and my computer became infected. Porn sites and Viagra sites began popping up in new browser windows. There was a thing called "Antivirus Soft" telling me my computer was infected and I could download the full version by clicking on a particular option. Windows kept warning me my computer was infected. Nothing I did would stop it.

I have a hard firewall, two soft firewalls at different levels and Norton 2010 with every option turned on. I called Norton and was told that for $150.00 they would help me. I asked what my Norton 2010 software was for if not to stop this kind of thing. Now, here's the trick... The Norton rep told me that it was my fault my computer was infected because I clicked on the little box with the "X" and that is what infected my computer!!! She told me I should have typed + to close the ad and that by "clicking" ANYWHERE in the pop up was willingly allowing the virus to become part of my computer's system and, that because I had done so, Norton didn't see it as something I didn't want!!!

I've been doing this computer stuff, even writing software, for a while and I've never heard of the + thing.

So, folks, remember:
DO NOT CLICK ON THE LITTLE BOX WITH THE "X" TO CLOSE POP UP ADS!!!

WHEN YOU GET A POP UP AD, TYPE + TO CLOSE THE AD!!!


Thank goodness I had just rebuilt my system drive and had a backup :eyesroll: *Whew...*

T.

Use imageshack.com
It's better

Avenger_Class2009

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Report this Feb. 08 2010, 12:57 pm

Quote (TheChronicOne @ Feb. 08 2010, 12:39 pm)
I've tried imageshack and can't for the life of me figure out how to quickly grab the IMG code from the pics I want to post. I spent like 20 minutes trying to figure it out.

Just view your upload and right click on the picture and select properties and copy the properties of the jpg.
Then paste to the image to the image option once you press the image soft button
Viola

btw
allowed: jpg jpeg png gif bmp tif tiff swf, less than 1024 kilobytes.

note
png files don't work very well here in startrek.crumb

DS9TREK

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Report this Feb. 08 2010, 5:40 pm

Quote (trekbuff @ Feb. 08 2010, 3:45 pm)
Quote (DS9TREK @ Feb. 07 2010, 12:52 pm)
Quote (trekbuff @ Feb. 07 2010, 12:38 pm)
Hey Yanks...

That's your problem. IE6 is full of holes. The French and German governments have gone so far as to warn people to abandon IE altogether and use Firefox. It comes with a pop up blocker as standard.

That's a very rude thing to say. It doesn't matter what browser folks use if they try to click on the standard close box (X) and it downloads a virus to their computer.

My problem?
Quote (Yanks @ Feb. 07 2010, 12:54 pm)
.. I use Mozzila Firefox because it is more secure than IE. That's been IE's knock since day one.
..
Feb. 07 2010, 1:46 pm
Hell yeah, the "ALT F4" thing is really good to know. I wish I have know when I got that @#$@##$ thing

Quote (grigori @ Feb. 07 2010, 1:57 pm)
I had a similar virus Friday night, but I don't think I'd been to Photobucket for a few days--and I've never clicked the X there anytime recently.

It WAS pernicious--it wouldn't let me run anything else.

Quote (Scoobydog @ Feb. 07 2010, 3:07 pm)
My laptop got infected with the Cyber Security virus a while back. It was the same pop up kinda thing.

Quote (rocketscientist @ Feb. 07 2010, 4:19 pm)
Nope, never heard of it. ?

I passed that along to my wife immediately. Again, thanks for the info.

Quote (starbase63 @ Feb. 07 2010, 4:45 pm)
That's the same thing as the "Protection Systems" virus I warned about a while back...same virus, probably same source, different name.

Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool will kill most of that thing, but not all of it.

So, what is my problem? Is it that I'm trying to help people unaware of using + , as I was, to close any window or popup they're not sure of or to have a back up of their system disk just in case something goes wrong?

Microsoft Internet Explorer comes standard on ALL Windows based computers and is actually part of the operating system, has been since the big fight with Netscape and Windows ME. It can't be uninstalled. Folks may not use it as their browser, but they can't help but use it. I tried updating my computer to IE7 and IE8 and they are sooo slow. My wife's business still uses IE6 on all of their computers because of the slow load time of IE6 and IE8 and IE6 is still on her computer.

My problem? What's your problem with folks trying to help others avoid computing pitfalls???

I've no idea how you can interpret that as rude.

It does matter what browser folks have. Using IE6 is like driving in the safest car in the world with the best roll cage, air bags and all that and then you make it all worthless by not wearing your seat belt.

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Almost half the online population is at risk because users have not installed security updates to their browsers, says a study.

The Swiss Institute of Technology, Google and IBM conducted the study and found 600 million users had not updated their browsers.

"Failure to apply patches promptly or missing them entirely is a recipe for disaster," the report said.

Cyber criminals are frequently using websites to attack users, it added.

The report authors recommended that a "best before" date, similar to the food industry, should be introduced to browsers, helping to educate users about the need to "refresh" their browser.

Browsers are often "patched" by software providers to tackle recently discovered flaws and security holes.

Criminals exploit these holes with malicious code hidden in websites to hijack machines.

The study said Firefox users tended to use the most up-to-date versions, while Internet Explorer users were the slowest to update their browsers.

More than 83% of Firefox users were using the latest, most secure browser version, compared to 65% of Safari users, 56% of Opera users and 47% of Internet Explorer users.

The study said that not using the latest version of a browser was only one part of the security issues faced by net users.

'Insecurity iceberg'

Dubbed the "insecurity iceberg", the study said many users were at risk due to vulnerable plug-ins.

Plug-ins are small programs which extend the features and functionality of some browsers.

"Vulnerable plug-ins that are accessible (and exploitable) through the web browser extend the insecurity iceberg and form the part hidden below the water surface," the report authors noted.

The study said users were not updating to the latest version of a browser or plug-in fast enough.

"Our measurement confirmed that web browsers which implement an internal auto-update patching mechanism do better in terms of faster update adoption rates than those without," it said.

The study commended the "single-click" update feature of Firefox's browser as the "most efficient" patching mechanism.

Beccs_

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Report this Feb. 08 2010, 6:04 pm

THat's why I use Imageshack.

Angel_of_Shadows

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Report this Mar. 01 2010, 11:13 am

So what's the key combination for non-Windows computers?

Alt+F4 only works on Windows. :logical:

Angel_of_Shadows

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Report this Mar. 01 2010, 11:53 am

Thanks. I couldn't find the #### thing. >_> :laugh:

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