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#1 fie

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Posted 11 January 2005 - 08:51 PM

Hello everyone. To be honest with you all, I'm kind of checking up on my husband. We do have a good relationship, but I'm suspicious that he's been lying to me about accessing porn sites. Not that I'm neccessarily against the "looking at pictures" and all of that, but it's the possible lying to me that's getting to me. When I would start typing in a web address such as hotmail, it would fill in other sites like hot babes, for example. Then I would check out our internet history, and multiple porn sites would be on that, and when clicking on properties they would say site accessed usually 1-2 times, but a couple times it said zero. Not sure how it can be on our history if it was accessed "0" times. Then one time I had to okay a site for pop-ups, and our pop-ups allowed site list was full of porn sites. My husband vehemently denies any of this, and said maybe it was a virus that did all of that. But. months later I'm questioning it again. Now our history is cleared from tim to time and I noticed that the pop up blocker list is cleared too. Anyway, that's my question/s. Thanks for your help. I just want to be able to discuss what's possible a bit more informed.

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Posted 11 January 2005 - 10:16 PM

Hello.
I was seeing web site addresses in the menu that drops down from the place where you type in addresses and wondered what they were so I checked and they were porn sites. I was seeing one of them at the top of the list all of the time. It was a terrible porn site. I asked my son (16 yrs) and he said that he never went to any of the sites that were in the list. When they started moving to the top of the list when I was online then I knew it wasn't us.
This is what my nephew told me: We are being redirected to these porn sites for a second, we never even see them on our screen, it's just enough so that the site has a "hit" which is how they are paid by their advertisers. This is what I was told, I do not know how accurate it is.
I hope that someone else knows something about this.

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Posted 11 January 2005 - 10:58 PM

Welcome to BC fie and clueless farm girl

You both have very similar questions, and quite common too. One of the hardest things to fight while being online is all of the spyware, adware, and other unmentionables. The reason why it is hard to fight is because there are times that files are loaded on your computer without your knowledge. The difficulty is multiplied by the fact that you need other programs to fight it.

Take a look at this link: Spyware removal

It is quite a bit of information. Take your time, it is not going anywhere.

If you still find that you have problems, then you can post a HJT log. Instructions can be found here. Read the directions carefully, and do not delete anything until after you have posted in another thread here

These may seem like they are drastic measures for finding out what you want. The fact is, these applications (which are free), are designed to take things like this off, and keep them off. When you have cleaned out the computer, and see that more nasty sites come back, and you know that it was not already there, then talking with them would be the next step.
We are all curious like a cat. We wonder, we ask, we learn.
Please post back when a suggestion works, so that others may learn.

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Posted 11 January 2005 - 11:21 PM

Thanks Jason. I actually already downloaded spywareblaster and guard and spybot today. Do you recommend a particular firewall? I don't think we have that. Also, I've cleared the history, but we still have some old google "searches" that still autocomplete and I can't get them to clear. Any ideas?

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Posted 12 January 2005 - 12:58 AM

sygate presonal free is what I use. The site has a tremedous variety of products for sale.
If you are a home user, this one and only package is available for free.
No updates required. Read system requirements first, then select "download now".

I usually post this as part of the recommendations given when a PC is clean after we use hijackThis! to eliminate malware.
Thought you might benefit, fie.

3. Use a Firewall, but use only one. If you install your own, disable the built-in winXP firewall.
  • Excellent free programs available include:
  • Sygate
  • Kerio
  • (others are also available)
  • Choose one (if you do not already use a firewall). Keep your Firewall up & monitor it's configurations
  • Fully understanding it's operation may require some thought & a little practice,
  • but it helps greatly to have it installed and functioning.
and these also. Links to downloads are underlined.
5. Use Spybot S&D & Update
  • Install and use this program with its TeaTimer option.
  • Note: This feature is similar, but not quite the same as spywareGuard by Javacool
  • This will provide realtime spyware & hijacker protection on your computer alongside your virus protection.
  • You should also scan your computer with this program on a regular basis, just as you would an antivirus software.
  • Check for updates when you do.
  • Advanced Mode with Tools & Settings offer many options. You may explore them using the helps built it in.
  • A tutorial is also available here.
7. Use SpywareBlaster & Update
  • Install and use this program
  • Adding a large list of sites/programs into your Browser settings, it protects you
  • from running or downloading known malicious programs.
  • You may customize it if required to accomodate your individual needs,
  • and updates are also frequently issued with new definitions added
  • Make it a habit to run and update on a regular basis.
7. Use Ad-Aware & Update
  • Install, configure and use this program with the others.
  • It is very well thought of in it's effectiveness, it complements the actions of the others.
  • It provides for additional plug-in specialty tools as well as an upgrade if you choose them.
  • Updates are frequent, so I suggest that you do both that and run the program regularly.
Using Spybot - Search & Destroy to remove Spyware from Your Computer
Using Ad-Aware SE to remove Spyware & Hijackers from Your Computer
Using SpywareBlaster to protect your computer from Spyware, Hijackers, and Malware
Of course these are mentioned in the tutorial Jason provided a link to. 60 more are there also.

Also, I've cleared the history, but we still have some old google "searches" that still autocomplete and I can't get them to clear. Any ideas?

Yes, the exact procedure was posted on this site.
Somewhere.
About a month & a half ago.
I'm still looking for it.
:thumbsup:

Edited by phawgg, 12 January 2005 - 01:13 AM.

patiently patrolling, plenty of persisant pests n' problems ...

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Posted 12 January 2005 - 01:49 PM

Thanks! I ran spybot and there were 2 red entries that were not automatically selected for removal. one was "my search" and the other was called "sidestep". should I select those for removal as well? Also, how do I disable the xp firewall if I download one of the other ones?

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Posted 12 January 2005 - 01:58 PM

I found that google thread you were talking about. Philip Brampton started it on Nov 14 I think. Called firefox/google. They say to do shift+ delete. I tried that, and didn't work for me. Blast. It's very weird. It's only like 5 searches that have stayed on there for months....everything else clears.

Edited by fie, 12 January 2005 - 02:11 PM.


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Posted 12 January 2005 - 02:09 PM

do shift+ delete.

Oh, thank you.
Searching can be tough, sometimes. :flowers:

Sidestep & My search are default checked for the ignore category.
So is new.net.
If your want them deleted, you must go:

Advanced Mode-->Settings-->Ignore products-->scroll through and you'll find them with checks on the boxes next to 'em.
Uncheck them and run the scan again.
Follow with a reboot.

Let us know if that works.

I routinely uncheck all.
I've never had that particular infection,
so I'm not sure it will work.
It should. :thumbsup:
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Posted 12 January 2005 - 02:19 PM

Disable XP Firewall:
Start / Control Panel / Network And Internet Connections / Network Connections / right click your network connection / Properties / Advanced tab / remove check, if present / OK
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Posted 12 January 2005 - 04:16 PM

Hi & :thumbsup: to BC fie and clueless farm girl

You may want to turn off auto-complete too - It can be annoying some times......

In XP -

Start / search / change preferences / Turn AutoComplete Off

Here's a link for Win98 & W2K, this method should work for both. It will also show you how to remove all of your history tracks and no doubt help with some questions you mabe haven't asked too.

Hope you guys stick around......read lots 'cause there's lots to learn.....

Edited by JackTheHaack, 12 January 2005 - 04:48 PM.

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 08:55 AM

These are steps to clear google pagegoogle toolbar searches
I did not write this I found it using google.

"If you’re using the google page for searches clear it with these steps...

This is actually a feature of your browser, not of Google. To disable this feature on Internet Explorer versions 5.0 and higher:

Go to the Tools menu.
Select Internet Options.
Select the Content tab.
Within the Personal Information area, select AutoComplete.
Click on Clear Forms. You can also uncheck the Forms box in the same window to keep this information from being stored in the future.

Alternatively, you can delete individual entries from your search history by using the down arrow key to select a previous search, then pressing the Delete key once an unwanted search is highlighted.

If you're using the google toolbar for searches clear it with these steps...

1. Click on the Google logo to access the drop-down menu.
2. Select the Clear Search History option. This will clear all of the previous searches from the Toolbar's drop-down search history list.

To remove google as a site you’ve been to…

Internet Explorer browser:
Click the browser's Tools menu.
Select Internet Options... (the last entry in the list).
Click the General tab.
Click the Clear History button. To completely disable the history function, change the "Days to keep pages in history" to 0 (zero.)"

Hope this Helps

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Posted 16 January 2005 - 10:46 PM

THanks LoLucky, but I gotta tell ya, I've tried all of that. And it does clear everything else, just not about 5 "searches" that at least I did one of them, and it was months ago....very strange, and annoying. I also found something that said if it doesn't clear, you can search for indexdat files, or something like that. And get rid of those....though I'm a bit nervous I'll screw something up if I do that. I did the search and we do have a lot of those kind of files on our computer.

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Posted 18 January 2005 - 02:10 AM

index.dat files are just Microsoft's way of tracking your history etc etc.
You can safely delete them (you don't actually delete the file you just empty it's contents - much like your recycle bin) but when you reboot your computer they re-create themselves and start all over again.......

It's nearly impossible to hide all you're tracks with IE. Even by disabling and un-checking all boxes in your history etc......... it still tracks somewhere else.

Edited by JackTheHaack, 18 January 2005 - 02:11 AM.

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Posted 18 January 2005 - 02:29 AM

I agree, JackThe Haack, I've tried to do it just to know how.
IE & msOS tend to want to keep track. the MS Anti-spyware has a tracks eraser I found nice, refreshing for a change to see microsoft admit that not every user wants all that stuff sitttin' around forever. lol

details in post 15?
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Posted 21 January 2005 - 09:37 PM

Thats very interesting phawgg...bit of a read though.......but interesting non the less.

You are a real asset to this board.
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