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Help w/perpetual clock

by lilnana / September 30, 2004 5:56 AM PDT

I'm trying to find out if a cut & pasted perpetual clock contains spyware.

I thought spyware could only be effective if it were downloaded to our computers. Is this stuff active even if it's never used?

Does spyware pose a threat to our computers or is it just a nusceince?

The clock can be found using this link.
http://www.startkabel.nl/images/startkabelklok.swf

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Re: Help w/perpetual clock
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 30, 2004 6:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Help w/perpetual clock

Lilnana,

The link you have given us is a shockwave/flash clock. Although spyware can damage, slow down, or even shut down your computer, why do you think that this clock is "spyware"? Which operating system are you using and how are you intending to use this clock? You should already have one in the lower right corner of your screen...I'm not sure what the problem is here.

Hope this helps and let us know more.

Grif

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Re: Help w/perpetual clock
by lilnana / September 30, 2004 9:25 AM PDT

There's no problem per se, it would be used in a group setting and everyone's OS would be different. There's concern because I believe someone began using the clock at the same time they were exposed to something else which did have spyware.

I need to be able to reassure folk the spyware was not from the clock.

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Re: Help w/perpetual clock
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 30, 2004 10:19 AM PDT

lilnana,

I'm still curious exactly how you're going to use it...Clicking on your link to display the clock starts no warnings on my computer.

I see no spyware associated with this particular .swf image link. I'm not sure how spyware could have been attached to this particular file, but be sure to have all users update their Shockwave and Flash programs to the most current. There have been some security issues on older versions:

Shockwave Player Download Center
http://sdc.shockwave.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?

Macromedia Flash Player Download Center- Windows
http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash

Hope this helps.

Grif

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