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Porn Sites Appear in my Favorites in IE 6.0

by janenolan / January 11, 2004 12:52 PM PST

How can porn sites suddenly appear in my favorites after opening up Internet Explorer 6.0? I use AOL to get onto the net and then switch to IE. I used Spybot and then Adaware. Spybot came up with some stuff and I deleted them, but during my next net session the porn sites appeared and also somehow two shortcut icons (for websites) appeared on my desktop.

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Update To My Post About The Porn Sites Appearing
by janenolan / January 11, 2004 1:45 PM PST

By the way I am running XP Home, Pentium 4, Gateway System, 512 Ram. I hope this helps. I even ran Regseeker to clean out the registry.

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Re:Porn Sites Appear in my Favorites in IE 6.0
by Yew / January 11, 2004 8:20 PM PST

Cleaning up the spyware is only half the solution to your problem. The other half is making the necessary changes to ensure that it doesn't come back.

In that regard, IE6 is just a lost cause. It's a vertiable magnet for spyware and other crapware because of it's numerous security issues and lax security policies. It's a lost cause as salvage efforts go, you have to completely neuter and lobotomize it to keep this from happening, so it's better to just abandon ship before you go down with it. The same goes for Outlook Express, since it uses the IE engine for virtually everything.

I would suggest switching to Mozilla ( http://www.mozilla.org ). It's free, has wonderful features designed to protect your privacy while online, and the included email client is pretty top rate as well especially with at least three anti-spam tools. However, Mozilla isn't for everyone, so there's also Opera to consider ( http://www.opera.com ). It's not free like Mozilla, but does have a free ad supported version last I checked. Either way, it's probably the fastest browser out there aside from text browsers, and Opera has been pretty good about getting timely bugfixes out unlike MS. If you want to use Opera as your browser, consider something such as Eudora, Incredimail, Pegasus, Mozilla Thunderbird (the standalone version of the email client) or some other client for your email. And avoid simply using different shells that still use the Internet Explorer rendering engine, because then you have gained nothing in terms of getting rid of this crapware.

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Eject the parasites.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 11, 2004 9:38 PM PST
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Thank You For The Help. It Worked
by janenolan / January 12, 2004 7:54 AM PST
In reply to: Eject the parasites.

Thanks for the information. I went to the sites that you mentioned and the parasites are gone.

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I have seen the same problem for a client
by hdware / August 27, 2008 12:00 AM PDT

Hi Jane,

I appreciate your post was a long time ago but can you remember what the icons were that appeared on the desktop and did the porn titles that appeared in your favorites reside in a folder called perhaps Norp?

My clients computer is full of malware and viruses, can you remember the name of the virus or spyware?

Many thanks

Jonathan

PS. Anyone else had this problem?

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