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A Gazillion posts about browser hijacking. . .

by Coryphaeus / September 14, 2004 11:05 AM PDT

This is becoming a common post. How about a blurb, pop-up, or whatever when a newbie enters the forum explaining what has happened and how to fix it. Or, I may just save a canned reply using Bob's Spyware Suite software. And tell them to fuc*ing LISTEN!!!

It's such a shame that with all the publicity about spyware, malware, hijackers and such, the people STILL won't listen, then come here for help. Not that I'm averse to helping, but gee whiz!

I know I was a newbie once, but I did read and listen. And I joined the forums.

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Re: A Gazillion posts about browser hijacking. . .
by Mark5019 / September 14, 2004 1:08 PM PDT

wayne when they post it says this and they dont u think theyed read about that Grin

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Re: A Gazillion posts about browser hijacking. . .
by Mosonnow / September 14, 2004 7:37 PM PDT
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Re: A Gazillion posts about browser hijacking. . .Yup..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2004 12:45 AM PDT

When I review my Anti-Parasite Suite post I cringe at my typos and grimace that Cwshredder moved sites, but for all the warts on that post it seems to have the right balance and message. A flight test of what is the basis of what may become "Anti-Parasite Suite Version 2" did get a few replies but I'm mulling how to finetune some issues with what I proposed.

The story behind the "Anti-Parasite Suite" post is that "Tech" had spent over 80% of his time running Adaware, Spybot and such on consumer machines for a few weeks and I was spending too much time on the subject too. In a fit I wrote that post thinking that wouldn't it be nice if there was an "Anti-Parasite Suite" people could use to kill off most of the pests.

The Anti-Parasite Suite post and idea seems to have struck the right chord and has hopefully saved people time and money over the past year.

-> More to your point.

The forums need stickies at the top so can be offered to those that ask the same question. Thank you to who posted that link in Forum Feedback.

--> Problems in the PC industry.

What I see as a problem to the PC industry is that between SPAM and PARASITES, we are fast approaching a Tipping Point where the consumers will find a PC more trouble than its worth.

E-mail is almost at that point and if we factor in parasites, then the new user is woefully unprepared for PC ownership. If you want a member case-in-point, look up a grandpaw and how much support they need over these issues.

----> Final point.

These forums are now flooded with too high a percentage of issues caused by parasites.

We need stickies!


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Re: A Gazillion posts about browser hijacking. . .
by billzhills / September 15, 2004 4:28 AM PDT


I don't think the general public computers users will never listen. The markerters have presented computers as an easly to use, no problem, gotta have device for all needs. M/S delevoped a system that a trained monkey could use.

Add to that that everyone wants something for free or win something. Social interaction that requires little to no effort or rejection. It does not take much for a advertiser to create a need where none exists.

I will clean a system of spy-ware, logs from the scanners and information about ad-supported applications are given to the client, pin point which download infected the system, verbally explain about spy-ware and virus, charge them a hefty fee. And guess what.... 6 months later I get to do it again.

Not a complaint, just to support my statement that the general public computers users will never listen.


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Yes we need sticky's on my list of top priority
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / September 15, 2004 8:42 AM PDT

implementations--but it will have to wait until I get some resources in my hands.

I hear you all loud and clear!


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Well, when you get your gazillion dollars. . .
by Coryphaeus / September 15, 2004 10:34 AM PDT

Program the software to key on specific words, and when it sees any of the keywords it'll automatically popup a window. Wink

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Re: A Gazillion posts about browser hijacking. . .
by CharleyO / September 15, 2004 3:49 PM PDT


Part of the problem is just as many of you have noted above. Another part of it is that the general public has gotten too damn lazy to search for the answers, too damn lazy to read, and just too damn lazy. So many people are now so self-absorbed & self-important that reading what others post first is beneath them. Now, I don't mean everyone, of course, so don't kill me for saying this.

But, half the answers I've given can be found with a simple google search.

I guess my point is ... that even if you have a sticky at the top of the forum, most of them will not even read it. But hey, try it anyway. Maybe a few will read it.


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