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Ade
Are we there yet?
Location: australia
Member Since: 14th Mar 2001
Total posts: 1897
Posted:Hi everyone,
I've got a new computer, and really, I have no idea what I'm doing... old

but, I am a bit concerned that HoP has some spyware on it (not that I
really know anything about this sort of thing).

When I click on HoP, or links within, it seems to bring up an adware address before bringing up what I have clicked on on the HoP page.

I have only noticed this today, so it may or may not have been
happening before. I also have a new computer that is only a week old
and when running my malware program on it, I was suprised to see so
many things come up, then noticed the stuff on Hop.

Now I have no idea if it's related, or if I'm even typing sense, so
thought I'd mention it and you can see if I'm completely mad and if
it is even possible.


So, I wrote to Malcolm and this is what he suggested (posted with his permission):

"I believe this is because we source our images from another server. So It thinks someone has secretly embedded other stuff into our code. This is a bit sad as many large sites have to split information across several servers. We are running 3 severs now because of the traffic and bandwidth. One for the database, one for images and videos and one for php and html coding.


Plus many users use Avatars or link to Youtube which are all held on other servers too.

This has happened previously and the user just had to change a setting in their adware program. I have no idea what that setting is but maybe your "pop - up" may have a link to more informations and the setting it uses. Maybe the security level is set too high??

Let me know when you fix it. It is good to know how many people this could be affecting."


So, do I actually have anything to worry about?

Does anyone on the board who knows anything about computers have some comments?

ubbrollsmile


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Rancor
Location: Right Here
Member Since: 17th Sep 2008
Total posts: 253
Posted:I think you are going to have to be a bit more specific... Spyware is an application that sits in your computer and relays information about what sites you visit, among other potentially harmful things, back to a host that created the spyware.

If you are running a check, it is likely that what you are seeing are "cookies." While generally harmless, some cookies are malicious. The cookies from this site, I can only assume, are saved on your computer so when you visit your password and user name are automatically generated to keep you from re-typing everything. Cookies are also what allow you to see what posts you have not read, or new things since your last login - harmless. A lot of scanners will not know if a cookie or app is good or bad, only a pattern in the coding/name. Deleting it will not hurt anything, however you will have to re-type your information during your next "session."

I doubt anything is coming from media linked through this site, as it would be hard/impossible to encode something malicious in something like an image hosted somewhere to execute on a page load.

Many times images and videos are stored on your computer when you view them, even if you don't save them. This is so pages load faster and easier, again deleting them will not hurt anything - but like before, your next session will be slower as those things will need to be saved to your cache again.

Delete your cookies, delete your cache. Internet Option >> (There will be things in here to do both automatically)

Or you can START >> Programs >> Accessories >> Disk Cleanup wink

I advise erasing everything the anti-virus software tells you to.

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Ade
Are we there yet?
Location: australia
Member Since: 14th Mar 2001
Total posts: 1897
Posted:thanks mate, I think that made sense to me crazy so essentially I shouldn't be too panicked about it

cheers!

ubbrollsmile


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Fine_Rabid_Dog
Internet Hate Machine
Location: They seek him here, they seek ...
Member Since: 26th May 2004
Total posts: 10530
Posted:http://www.download.com/Spybot-Search-amp-Destroy/3000-8022_4-10122137.html
br>
Do you have this ^ ?

Use it if you do (I guess you already will have done :embarrassed: ), but if not get this. Its good for that sort of thing I think. smile


The existance of flamethrowers says that someone, somewhere, at sometime said "I need to set that thing on fire, but it's too far away."

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Ade
Are we there yet?
Location: australia
Member Since: 14th Mar 2001
Total posts: 1897
Posted:Thanks FRD - I did have spoybot til the lastest version kept crashing my computer. I now use Clamwin which seems pretty good - not as funky as spybot though!

ubbrollsmile


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Pogo69
Pogo69

there's no charge for awesomeness... or attractiveness
Location: limbo
Member Since: 6th Apr 2006
Total posts: 3764
Posted:or... you could just move to linux and not have to worry about all this silly nonsense... grin

--pogo (pat) [forever and always]

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Ade
Are we there yet?
Location: australia
Member Since: 14th Mar 2001
Total posts: 1897
Posted:yes that would be lovely to back on linux again...

instead I have the evil MS Office 2007...

help


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UCOF
UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel

Member Since: 17th Apr 2002
Total posts: 15414
Posted:Go dual boot perhaps?
Xp and Ubuntu for me ubblove


Like the Fred said, get Spybot (www.spybot.com) and AVG anti virus (http://free.grisoft.com) and keep smiling.


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Richee
HOP librarian
Location: Prague
Member Since: 15th Jan 2002
Total posts: 1841
Posted:LINUX, or:

-xp profesional
-xp service pack 2
-xp service pack 3
-wipfw
-about 20 tweek to windows (regedit, services.msc, control, system -> [PM] )
-Firefox

no antivirus, no antispyware..

(standart practise for user 'lame' = anti-thingz )

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Quote:Bloody(24):

What system is fully secure?

None.

lightning,

:R

hug


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aston
aston

Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
Location: South Africa
Member Since: 2nd Dec 2007
Total posts: 4061
Posted:I would need more space to dual boot sadly. I quite like linux, except that my laptop has sound issues with most distros.

Ade: If you run a good antispyware and anivirus program often, they should catch most problems before they do much/any harm.


'We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." [said the Cat.]
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

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Ade
Are we there yet?
Location: australia
Member Since: 14th Mar 2001
Total posts: 1897
Posted:Thanks Richee, UCOF and aston - much appreciated!

ubbrollsmile


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newgabe
newgabe

what goes around comes around. unless you're into stalls.
Location: Bali
Member Since: 3rd Mar 2005
Total posts: 4030
Posted:Originally Posted By: AdeHi everyone,
Malcolm...suggested :

This has happened previously and the user just had to change a setting in their adware program. I have no idea what that setting is but maybe your "pop - up"


The other user was probably me, as reported here in this thread called Mixing Bowl

I use FIrefox so I went into preferences and closed 'pop up windows'


.....Can't juggle balls but I sure as hell can juggle details....

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Ade
Are we there yet?
Location: australia
Member Since: 14th Mar 2001
Total posts: 1897
Posted:thanks newgabe smile

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aston
aston

Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
Location: South Africa
Member Since: 2nd Dec 2007
Total posts: 4061
Posted:Incidentally, I am running an archaic (ok, October 2005 so not as bad as it could be) version of Ubuntu on an old box as a fileserver now. Lots of fun. smile

'We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." [said the Cat.]
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

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