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Dialers (virus) Work On Cable Internet?


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#1 05 Mustang

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Posted 07 July 2006 - 12:41 PM

Well I just got a new ISP and I couldn't get my laptop to pick up the internet so I disabled my firewall (zone alarm) and forgot to put it back up so I left it off for about 6 hours. About 5 days later (today) i decide to run all my scanners to make sure everything is alright. When I ran adware se, it found a dialer and so i hit next and quantined it. I google up dialers to find what they are, and its talking about how they dial these expensive phone numbers and run up your bills. I found they only work on dial up connections or if your broadband has this the sites says "the connection has an ISDN adapter or additional analog modem is installed, the dialer might still be able to get a connection."

I don't have an router and Iam not on a network. I do have a cable modem (motorola) and a software firewall (zone alarm) on my computer. I scanned with Spybot search and destroy and zone alarm's pro spyware scanner and found nothing. But adware se found a dialer.

My question is could this dialer have called phone numbers on my computer? I do not have my computer hooked up with a phone cord, nor do I have Dial up internet, I have Cable. What is this ISDN adapter or additional analog modem, DO I have one on my computer?

Please let me know all is good and im just jumping the gun. I really appreciate all your help and I searched and read all the stickys.


EDIT- I just remembered I used wireless public internet access before i got my computer hooked up. Did the dialer come in from there, i did have to turn off my firewall for a couple of mins. Maybe I should stop doing that lol.

Now that I look at my firewall there is alot of attemps of access like a new one every 15 seconds. I hope I didn't get an Ip that is being targeted due to the previous owner of the IP.

Edited by 05 Mustang, 07 July 2006 - 08:43 PM.


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Posted 07 July 2006 - 12:45 PM

Also i plan on getting a wireless router with a hardware firewall and dynamic IP, will this keep them from hitting me with access attempts, or do they already really know my ip?

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Posted 08 July 2006 - 06:46 AM

Dialers are software programs often used by pornographic venders that employ a userís modem to dial 1-900 numbers and connect with online services that distribute porn. They are often installed via drive-by-downloading using ActiveX technology. Once dialer software is downloaded the user is disconnected from their modemís Internet service provider and another phone number is substituted. Most users are unaware of the substitution or connection to a 1-900 number until they receive a bill.

Some dialers offer to use your dial-up device to call an expensive toll number and explain the cost as being required by local law. Other dialers just display a button offering to connect, without informing the user of the added cost. In the worst case, the dialer sets up the expensive number as the default Internet connection, meaning the user will have to pay high rates for being online, without even knowing it until receiving the next bill.

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Posted 08 July 2006 - 08:52 PM

It doesnt say if it ONLY works on dial up, can cable internet been infected? I don't look at porn either, and i always use mozilla firefox. I dont know how i got infected. I have been getting popups when goin to some sites, i think firefox has been outsmarted by the spammers.




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