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Active X attacks on ATS

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posted on Feb, 28 2007 @ 08:15 AM
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I have several pretty good security programs (which I'm not going to name), and for the first time ever on ATS, I have had attempted installation of Active X based somethings-or-other.

My programs blocked this and informed me that something was trying to install itself. Since it's never happened before I am guessing this was an attempted attack.

Has anyone else experienced this?




posted on Feb, 28 2007 @ 08:18 AM
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i had the same experience. it could be a rouge advertisement because it only happened on one page and when i refreshed it went away. it also notified me it was trying to open a pop up.



posted on Feb, 28 2007 @ 08:21 AM
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It happened twice in under a minute. Once in the John Lear forum, and once on the main page.

By a rouge ad, do you mean one that has not been authorised by the 3 amigos?



posted on Feb, 28 2007 @ 08:24 AM
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not necessarily unauthorized, but an ad thats not working correctly. all those ads are tracked to claim credit for the forwarded link, its possible there was just a scripting error.

edit: grammer

[edit on 2/28/2007 by bokinsmowl]



posted on Feb, 28 2007 @ 08:31 AM
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hmmm. Maybe

With all due respect, do you know that or is it a guess?


I know Active X is good way of transmiting a virus...



posted on Feb, 28 2007 @ 08:35 AM
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im a network engineer with an mcse, ccse, and rhdba... but im not sitting infront of their system. i can only give my assumption based on the symptoms i had. so no, i do not know for sure.



posted on Feb, 28 2007 @ 08:36 AM
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We have a new, higher-end service providing banner ads, 24/7 Real Media, that we are currently testing. If all goes well, they will be a much improved source of better quality ads on ATS -- with fewer annoying ads.

However, some of their ads may include Flash and/or streaming broadband content that may trigger ActiveX to install or upgrade Flash. What was the nature of the ActiveX alert? It's used for a broad range of benign processes including the installation of plug-ins and other completely normal activities in IE.



posted on Feb, 28 2007 @ 08:38 AM
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it is very possible its aliens or a govt' conspiracy............... or both!



posted on Feb, 28 2007 @ 08:45 AM
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Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
What was the nature of the ActiveX alert? It's used for a broad range of benign processes including the installation of plug-ins and other completely normal activities in IE.


I'm not entirely sure, the message just said that the program has detected and stopped the installation of Active X based software.

I'm no expert but I'm trying to find the log file to see what it was.



posted on Feb, 28 2007 @ 09:09 AM
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your program is probobly set to medium or high security which will block unsigned java scripts and all active x installs... it asks you if you want to install it first. it didn't install, so i wouldn't worry about it until you come across it again. usually you can right click that active x alert on top of firefox and ie to see what info it has on it. after market programs will usually just block generically and throw up a standard alert.



posted on Feb, 28 2007 @ 09:31 AM
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No I've had have a good look around and I can't find what it was


You are probably right Skeptic, just a benign process. It happens occasionaly on other sites but this the first time it's ever happened here so I assumed it was aimed at me.

Ok panic over, thanks for your input anyway guys



Originally posted by bokinsmowl
it is very possible its aliens or a govt' conspiracy............... or both!


Aliens? I was going to blame bigfoot...



posted on Mar, 2 2007 @ 05:00 AM
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Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
We have a new, higher-end service providing banner ads, 24/7 Real Media, that we are currently testing. If all goes well, they will be a much improved source of better quality ads on ATS -- with fewer annoying ads.

However, some of their ads may include Flash and/or streaming broadband content that may trigger ActiveX to install or upgrade Flash. What was the nature of the ActiveX alert? It's used for a broad range of benign processes including the installation of plug-ins and other completely normal activities in IE.


Hi SO,

I don't mean to be rude, and I know you need Ads for revenue, but there's nothing more annoying than those animated flash adds and stuff.

That's why people get things like "Adblocker" and "AB-Plus" extensions to install as Firefox plug-ins.

I don't mind a thin panel on the right hand side with some ads, but the more insidious the ads become the more it's going to turn people off.

In fact dial-up users are, istm, going to experience delays while these things try to install stuff.

Would purchasing a 'low-bandwidth' version of ATS help, by removing all this stuff?

Is there somewhere that you could show a .jpg of what the low-bandwidth version looks like so people can try that out before spending a lot of ATS points?

TIA. BTW, nice job on the board so far. I just hate intrusive ads.



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