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Porn in Browser History Please Help

In my browsers history there are porn pages...I know I did not look at these....could these have been put there by a "browser hijacker"? Please help, it's of the up most importance to me. I right clicked on properties and it broght up no date and time...what does this mean, thanks.

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Porn in Browser History Please Help

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Hi kmeierhoff!

Are you the only person using your computer?
If so, you have probably contracted some version of CoolWebSearch.
I will suggest many options for you here. You may not need to do them all.
Download and use these tools as soon as you can:
(You may have to run these tools a couple of times restarting your computer in between scans.)

Coolwebshredder
Ad-Aware SE
SpyBot
Download a trial of Spy Sweeper and Giant AntiSpyware and run sweeps with them. Update and run your antivirus program.
Go to BitDefender Online Scan. Check all the scan options before you begin the scan there. It's free and it's good. Go also to House Call free online scan and check Auto Clean before you start the scan.
Do you know how to go into Safe Mode? If so, do so and run these tools in Safe Mode.(not the online scans of course)
If the problem persists, you will have to use HijackThis which is an advanced tool. There are many places where you can post your HijackThis log, however, and get expert advice on how to use it to clean your system. It's really not that hard to go through the Hijackthis process.

Best to you,

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Top Gun

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Giant is no longer available. Microsoft BOUGHT them yesterday. There were a couple of discussions going on about it yesterday in the V&S forum but you might have to look for them. I don't remember exactly which threads they were.

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roddy32

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Hey roddy32!

Congratulations on your ascendancy to role of moderator in these forums. I hope it is something you have been working for and hoping to get. Way to go!

Yes, I did know that Microsoft had acquired Giant. I was unaware, however, that trial versions were no longer available. If so, I will reluctantly change my recommendation to Pest Patrol (not the online scan of course)

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Top Gun

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Thanks. It was not something I was working for. LOL It was a surprise to me as well. I was asked to become one and after some thinking I decided to accept. I'm mainly in V&S but if I get a chance to help out anywhere else I try to do so. As far as Giant, the way we found out about it in V&S was that someone posted asking why download.com so longer had it available. About 7 or 8 hours later, we couldn't even access Giant's website and then someone else posted the article so I think, even if a free trial IS available, it's going to be no longer supported anyway. Microsoft is PLANNING on releasing some form of spyware control free for the time being within a month but I will believe that when I see it. I would not be surprised if it happens but they are already having legal fights with Sunbelt so the timing might be a bit off. LOL

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roddy32

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Isn't that all quite interesting. Microsoft's acquisition of Giant has the potential for seismic repercussions in the OS and security software industry. Watch Microsoft just buy Sunbelt outright if this proprietary dispute over the code used in Giant proves too great a stumbling block for Microsoft.
I can't help but be struck by how major an endorsement this acquisition of Giant by Microsoft is of Giant Antispyware.
You have to wonder though whether it might have been easier to work at hardening IE, Outlook etc. against malware instead of going to the trouble of buying another company.
I bet McAfee or Symantec is next.

Cheers roddy32!

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McAfee

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I don't know about an actual acquisition by Microsoft of McAfee - don't know much about high finance generally - but you might be interested to know that there must be some sort of tie-up already.

I subscribe to ninemsn Premium (and am very happy with it incidentally) and part of the package deal is a subscription to McAfee firewall and virus scan.

Cheers, Gerry

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Microsoft buying McAfee; probably not!

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Keyhoti,

It's no great secret that Microsoft wants in the antivirus/PC security market very badly. However, think of MSN's use of McAfee Anti Virus as just another step in McAfee's marketing strategy.

I'm sure that MSN's paying McAfee for the use of that software. AOL is known to be paying McAfee for the privilege of offering McAfee Anti Virus gratis to all AOL members (who tend to be less savvy about this sort of thing than the rest of us).

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Not surprised here...

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>You have to wonder though whether it might have been
>easier to work at hardening IE, Outlook etc. against
>malware instead of going to the trouble of buying another company.
>I bet McAfee or Symantec is next.

IMHO why bother "plugging" the MS security holes (which are also used by the US intelligence services, let's be honest about that) when it is much easier to buy the companies that actually DO plug those security holes so that future security holes agreed with the intel community can be included in BOTH products?

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roddy32

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Microsoft's acquisitin of Giant would explain why I have not gotten a reply from Giant technical support. About a week ago I emailed them asking which file and internet history deletion method(s) Giant used. Actually, I was trying to answer a Cnet member's question regarding file recovery.

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Yep, that is probably why,

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this should be intersting to watch for sure.

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repairing hijacked browser

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i have tried to remove the browser hi jacker he is talking about in safe mode with spy bot/norton/adawarecw shredder/and hijackthis and nothing works the address i think they are talking about is 216.130.188.211 popup searches any ideas, it seemes to be a browser hijacker

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Skeet, you should

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Porn in History Browser Please Help

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Most discussion seems to assume that the History Browser is the only place where porn is shown. If it is in History you can be sure it will be elsewhere. Usually I do a search for possible files. Often there will be an icon on the desktop. I right-click on the icon and select Properties. Here I find that often there is another name to the file. By following the path I locate its source. Note that the file name may not resemble the name on the Icon! I then go to the registry and using Regedit look for all entries with that filename - be careful, if you find "sex" is the entry, you will notice that many entries are nothing to do with sex but are found within many other legitimate entries. I did a backup fo the Registry beforehand! Another catch is that the filename maay be a number - eg 125400.exe.

In the Registry, there is a Folder for Domains. In here you may find numerous (in one case over a hundred) entries to Porn sites. These are often disguised but give themselves away with an "x" in the name, or some other suggestive sex associated word. I delete any site I am suspicious of.

One thing you can be sure of - if it is in one place
it will be in many others and in many disguises. I have found that while all firewall programs are great, once a porn site is in your PC it may be too late to help.

Another area to check out is "Startup" found in Run > Msconfig > Startup Tab. Remove the tick in any suspect entries. I always check all the other Tabs as well, just in case there are corruptions of entries.

When all else fails, and I have had it happen on several occasions, You may need to reformat the Hard Drive and Start from scratch - yes it hurts!

Hope this helps.

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Hey Norm!

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Where in the registry is the folder for Domains/internet history?

Thanks,

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Try This

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I had a really bad problem a few weeks ago and Michael Giest had recommended I follow the info below. My problem wasn't pron although this link has everything you can possibly do to scan your system. The final upshot to getting my sytem back up and running was after all the scans were performed I ran Windows Security Update and downloaded the 8 patches they identified and my system was as good as new.

Follow the procedure outlined here:

http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=35407

particularly the part about scanning in safe mode with networking after disabling System Restore. A lot of bugs show up in safe mode.

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One probable solution

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I assume that, like me, you are only a bit of a beginner and so need on board help for this kind of problem.

If you can afford about $39 then get "System and Internet Washer (eWasher)" - find it in Google - then look at the check list:


Remove the tracks of your activities completely
Remove IE visit history
Remove IE cookies
Remove IE cache files
Remove the typed URLs in IE
Remove the form AutoComplete list in IE
Remove the saved user name and password by IE
Remove the index.dat used by IE
Remove the Windows start menu -- run drop list
Remove the files in Windows temp folder
Remove the Windows recent documents list
Remove the files in Window recycle bin
Remove my network places (network neighborhood) cache
Remove the favorite items
Remove Windows explorer find files list
Remove Windows explorer find computer list
Remove Windows paging file (swap file) - New
Remove the left information in free disk space on your hard disk. - New
Remove the tracks left by other applications with the plugin support


Check or uncheck whatever you want and simply click "erase" ... it will take a long while, if you have a lot of junk (make sure you save any cookies you want, if you choose to clear cookies)

If you go into "settings" first, then you can choose how many times to overwrite files (so they cannot be recovered - and you can choose to erase free space later) And you will also find a place to save the cookies you want to keep, or delete those you know you don't want ... plus a lot more features.

It's all very user friendly and completely reliable in my experience (about 18 months of regular usage), though of course if you omit to uncheck "favourites", for instance, you will lose them.

You don't mention any Trojan, etc. issues, but I think you'd do well to run "Spybot S&D" as well, at a minimum.

Best of luck, Gerry

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One probable solution

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Yes, that is one way to go keyhoti2. However, if the underlying problem is the involuntary placement of pornographic webpages in the browser, then we must first consider the possibility of malware. I do like your suggestion though as a secondary step in cleaning up the web history mess and as a general means of securing your system against the symptoms of trojan infiltration. Keeping your browser clean will provide nothing for the scumware distributors to monitor and/or use.
The real danger, of course, is the possibility of the browser being used by an external third party to surf porn using the host computer.

Best,

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Can't but agree ... but first ...

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get rid of all gathered junk - so you can see the trees from the forest.

That is about what I was trying to say.

Best wishes, Gerry

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Can't but agree ... but first ...

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Yes, I see. That is indeed a sensible suggestion, one that would augment my suggestions well.

Do you prefer Gerry or keyhoti2. My name is David.

Regards,

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Hi Dave

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Gerry really, but I don't mind.

Best wishes, Gerry

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Porn in Browser History Please Help (I forgot...)

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porn in history

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It can happen for several reasons. One is the web site was accessed by accident. That has happened to me. I was doing a search and click on a site I thought was legit and it wasn't. Porn sites are clever.

Another possibility is someone using the computer went there intentionally.

And still another reason, you have a pest on your computer.

You should be using antispyware programs on a regular basis. Run the scans and see what you find. I'd also clear the history folder and see if it comes back.

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Will have to try

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Thank you all so much for your help. (esp. David) I have spy sweeper and anti-adware and run them both on a regular basis. I also try to keep the history clean as well as the temp internet files. I am not the only one using this computer and since I know that I did not access these pages, I was wondering if the one other person who uses this computer did....(I'm sure you all understand what I mean here) I also have zone alarm as a firewall.

In the past...ah hum...when I have found these links I can right click on the link in the browser history window and go to properties and it will tell me a time and date...this time that did not happen, ideed it told me 0. The other person is much more computer savey than I as he atteneded computer school for a year, (but I don't think I'm to bad...) and I put parental controls on a few weeks ago to try to stop this from happening. However, unrated sights were still able to come up.

Usually I would think that this other person had accessed the sights, but the absences of a time and date on the properties screen makes me think other wise. However I do run spy sweeper and anti-adware on a daily basis, have up to date Norton, and Zone alarm...so an "attack" of some kind also seems unlikely. I will try to do some of the things that Top Gun has suggested....I don't know if this additional information will help, but I really want to thank you all for your input. --Kris

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Will have to try

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You are most welcome!
Yes, if the steps I suggested to you turn up nothing then you are most likely fine and I would look to those who share your computer with you.
Have you thought of setting up separate user accounts on this PC? At least then noone could associate you with all this adult material.
Secondly, consider getting a disk privacy utility such as East-Tec Eraser, Window Washer, System and Internet washer, Eraser(free)Active Privacy Guardian Washer, Swipe Pro etc.

Best,

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browser hijackers

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I would like to send you some links to publications about my
criminal case. I worked for Mitsubishi Electric Automation in Vernon Hills, IL, USA.
My case are getting public attention now as an example of miscarriage
of justice. I could not defend myself, because I did not have enough
money for computer expert.
I was forced to confess for possession of child porn. I got browser
hijackers while browsing the web. I was redirected to illigal sites
against my will. Some illigal pictures were found on my hard drive only after
recovering in unallocated clusters, without dates of files
creation/download.
I do not know how can courts press widely on people to convict them,
while whole Internet is a mess.

This is my story in inquisition21.com. There is all information about case written by Irish writer Brian Rothery.

http://www.inquisition21.com/article~view~7~page_num~3.html

This is publication in Wired news

http://www.wired.com/news/infostructure/0,1377,63391,00.html

This is publication in Theregester

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/05/13/browser_hijacking_risks/

Article in ZDnet
http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1105_2-5344831.html

This is article in Washington Times, May 22, 2004
There is information about my case.

http://www.washtimes.com/commentary/20040521-084242-5633rhtm

This is publication in Globe and Mail

http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040617.gttwhijac17/BNStory/Technology/
Article in Crime research center:

http://www.crime-research.org/news/07.22.2004/506/

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Hi estrin

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I sincerely hope that you recover from all this.

Best wishes, Gerry

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that sucks

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man, technology mess up ppl's life sometimes, that's terrible. I can't offer you any help cus I don't know it, but seems like many ppl here know solutions. I just want to say a preventive method: don't surf the web with your company PC, just hold that impulse or something. or maybe you can get a software to log what YOU DO as evidence that it wasn't you.
Thank you for sharing though, I will avoid your problem.

~bought parts from WhoSave.com, good price.

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IE porn site history & porn pop ups

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Hi I have seenthis problem on serveral PC's recently,
in most cases 'Hotbar" is involved, but difficult to remove.

Try the hotbar website for a removal tool, may have to delve into the registry as well, not for beginers !

Also open IE/tools & delete all cookies/history, then run Adaware SE ( www.lavasoft.com ).

Good luck

Ron Butler

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porn in browser history

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I've had this same problem before, I have used KAZAA in the past and it has put porn site history all through my computer. The funny ting about this is the file sizes all were 21k in size. I quit using the service a couple of years ago and haven't had a problem since

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kazaa

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You should always use Kazaalight or some other alternative FastTrack (= Kazaa network) client. The official Kazaa client is filled with spyware. Most of these alternative programs can be found on www.zeropaid.com

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