I suppose I should elaborate on what my "Topic Title" implies.
I found BleepingComputer a few months ago because I went looking for trouble.
Some people are content to live quietly within safe, sterile, boundaries, but I question how much educational experience they might encounter if they are not willing to get dirty every once in a while.
I am relatively new to the Internet myself. I have a background in computer programming, desktop publishing, and advertising, so it is almost a mystery to me why it has taken so long to become immersed in the web.
It's too late to back out now ... I have fallen in love with the vastness and potential for adventure.
My first visit here came about because I picked up an horrendous infection of viruses, adware, malware, and spyware, in my first few weeks of exploring. This site, along with the TomCoyote Forums, provided me with both a cure, and some innoculation. That only made me more bold and daring.
I have returned to BleepingComputer in an effort to return my gratitude for previous asssistance. I intend to become more involved with this forum because I was hijacked by an insidious little website called 24-7-search. It is now six days of effort trying to rid my computer of that little demon.
The following is an obviously edited URL of the site that has caused me so many problems for so long. This URL is very "hot". I strongly suggest that it be carefully reassembled and installed in your "Restricted Zone" so you never have to deal with it's infestation.
h t t p : / / w w w . 2 4 - 7 - s e a r c h . c o m
It replaces all tool and search bars with it's own search bar; your own toolbars mysteriously vanish. It replaces itself as the only available homepage on every re-start. It locks you out of every folder, and icon, on your desktop, including "My Computer". It causes evrything on the desktop to open as an Internet Explorer window, but open blank, with the message that your current security settings will not allow ActiveX to run in this window so nothing will display correctly. It "represents" itself as the only available option you have to do ... to go explore the products and links provided by this website.
If anyone else has had any similar experience of this, I would really like to know.
This is a very nasty infection and my warning is a gift in the form of my introduction.
I hope to use BleepingComputer as an educational base, but I plan to venture into any kind of nasty realms that I find in order to gain more experience. Whatever I learn from those adventures, I would like to share in my posts in the forum. Things like the problems I encounter, the cures for my afflictions, the sources for those cures, and obvious warnings about what to beware of.
I hope that I can put back into this forum a small fraction of what I have already received as a small token of my appreciation.
Good fortune to you all ... and good hunting.
Edited by theronkellystalker, 15 February 2005 - 07:50 AM.