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#1 garnetwr

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Posted 22 March 2005 - 05:00 PM

I recently discovered that my Internet history file is full of pornographic URLs. If I am the only person to use this machine and I am not the one visiting these sites, how are they being written to my History file?

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Posted 22 March 2005 - 05:41 PM

Are you using some type of popup blocker?

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Posted 22 March 2005 - 05:49 PM

Yes... I'm using Earthlink's Task Panel - which offers Pop-Up Blocker, Scam Blocker, et.al.

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Posted 22 March 2005 - 06:23 PM

I just ran Spybot S&D and discovered the Peper trojan. I found a removal tool and used it... no more Peper.

Could this have been the problem?

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Posted 22 March 2005 - 06:41 PM

In my signature download ad-aware and install it, then update it and run a full scan.

Also if you don't already download in my sig, the free antivirus avg 7. dl and install, update and run a full install

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Posted 22 March 2005 - 07:00 PM

Besides the recommended programs, I would suggest you run these 2 online scans:

http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

After that, post a HijackThis log (in the proper forum), just to be sure.

Read the pinned post in the HijackThis forum, here
Please read, and follow, all directions carefully.

Then, run a log, and post it in the HJT forum, at this link. Do not, fix anything, yet.
A member, of the HJT Team, will help you out.
It may take a couple of days to get a response, because the HJT Team are very busy. Please, be patient, these people are volunteers. They will help you out, as soon as possible.

NOTE:
Once you have made the post, please, DO NOT make another post in the HJT forum, until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. The first thing they look for, when looking for logs to reply to, is 0 replies. If you make another post, there will be 1 reply. The team member, glancing over the replies, might assume someone is already helping you out, and will not respond. So, just make your post, and let it sit there, until a team member responds. This way you will be taken care of, in the most timely manner.
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Posted 23 March 2005 - 09:32 AM

In response to the suggestion that I run Ad-Aware, please note that I use the following:
Spybot S&D
Ad-Aware SE
Earthlink Total Access - Spyware Blocker (powered by Webroot).

SS&D found CoolWWWSearch and Peper
AASE found nothing
ETA-SB/W finds WebSearch Toolbar everytime it is run (even back-to-back runs)

I ran the online scans at http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/ and http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ and received the following:

Housecall:
Froze both times at C:\Program Files\Britannica 2003\Ultimate Reference Suite

Pandasoft:
The scan would not start after cliking on the item I wished scanned.

I have posted a HJT log here

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Posted 23 March 2005 - 09:40 AM

Ok, I didn't know that you already had ad-aware and spybot. But I just wanted to make sure. Also good job of having it and using it. Also you may want to check out Webroot's Spy Sweeper. I've just added it to my signature. Please download it and update it, and run a full scan.

Don't buy spysweeper, just download a trial and use that.

Edited by yanowhiz, 23 March 2005 - 09:40 AM.


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Posted 23 March 2005 - 10:08 AM

As I already have Earthlink's Total Access - Spy Blocker (a Webroot product), does SpySweeper provide anything different or more comprehensive?

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Posted 23 March 2005 - 03:07 PM

Yes in fact I've been using spybot and adaware for the last 2 months and they never found a thing, then when i found out about spysweeper, and dled it, and installed, updated it, and ran a full sys scan, it discovered like 70 objects (non cookie or ie favorite).

So yea by all means dl, install, update and run a full scan of ewbroot spy sweeper.

The link is in my siganture.

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Posted 23 March 2005 - 06:30 PM

In answer to your earlier question as to whether the peper trojan could have been causing the links to porn sites in your history, that is quite likely. This trojan displays popups, and your popup blocker was stopping them and the popups were probably for porn sites thus generating a history without you having seen them.

As I already have Earthlink's Total Access - Spy Blocker (a Webroot product), does SpySweeper provide anything different or more comprehensive?


I just had a look at Earthlink's website pages about Spy Blocker and from the screenshots I saw it looks to me like Spy Sweeper and Spy Blocker are the same application.

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