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Spyware on ATS?

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posted on Apr, 22 2004 @ 09:29 PM
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My spybot S&D just alerted me to a blocked attempt when I navigated backwards to www.abovetopsecret.com... I have no other browser windows open. Is one of the advertisers disobeying the agreements? I allow cookies and _javascript.

EDIT: Avenue A is the culprit. Just came up on this thread too.

[Edited on 22-4-2004 by titian]




posted on Apr, 22 2004 @ 09:35 PM
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Could you please send me the entire log report of the alert you received?



posted on Apr, 22 2004 @ 09:38 PM
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Skeptic, does Spybot S&D log its actions? I am looking now.



posted on Apr, 22 2004 @ 11:15 PM
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Any idea which ad from Avenue A?



posted on Apr, 22 2004 @ 11:25 PM
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i just scanned my comp with same program nothing from that...... must be something else?



posted on Apr, 22 2004 @ 11:28 PM
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Looks like it's a Verizon ad served via Avenue A. Spybot S&D has Avenue A listed as a provider of tracking cookies. It's a misleading error message: "Spybot-S&D reports that you want to download 'Avenue A, Inc.'. This is a known threat. Do you want to BLOCK this download?'

However, it's just an ad - not really spyware, unless you count their cookie as such.



posted on Apr, 25 2004 @ 07:08 PM
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It's also the AOL ads up right now. The shortcut for the ad (if you were to click it) is: rightmedia.net...

I am allowing cookies though, better check my Spybot settings.



posted on Apr, 25 2004 @ 07:13 PM
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It's just SpyBoot falesly reporting a bit too high on ads from AvenueA, because they are a previous offender of spyware. I have SpyBot set on medium (default), and it's not giving me an alert on those ads at all.



posted on Apr, 25 2004 @ 08:56 PM
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For anybody that will be interested, (I also have spyware blaster) peer guardian is a free utilitie that
you can use to track who is ping in your computer and also gives you their Ip address, and you can ping back and track them down, is fun too,



posted on Apr, 26 2004 @ 06:49 PM
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I also have random popups all of a sudden and I cannot stand it. How do I get rid of these.



posted on Apr, 26 2004 @ 07:06 PM
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Do they appear as web pop-ups (online ads)? Or application pop-ups (spyware)?



posted on Apr, 27 2004 @ 03:00 AM
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Online ads. No "click to install blahblah software" boxes. One just came up saying "your poem can win 10,000" from "gain" or something if that helps.

[Edited on 27-4-2004 by Ess Why Kay]



posted on Apr, 27 2004 @ 03:28 AM
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Originally posted by Ess Why Kay
Online ads. No "click to install blahblah software" boxes. One just came up saying "your poem can win 10,000" from "gain" or something if that helps.


That's some spyware that likely came with a program you downloaded recently....have you installed any P2P programs (Kazaa, Limewire, etc)?

Get Ad-Aware to get rid of it. The program that it came with probably won't work anymore, just FYI.

-B.



posted on Apr, 27 2004 @ 08:39 AM
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This are the programs I use to keep my computer clean they work for me, plus I have some knowlege how to clean the adaware from my registry sometimes you have to do that. zonealarm, norton antivirus profesional, adaware, spyware blaster and peerguardian (to tract who is ping in your computer) Yes it takes all this, well for me I mean.


[Edited on 27-4-2004 by marg6043]

[Edited on 27-4-2004 by marg6043]



posted on Apr, 28 2004 @ 07:06 PM
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Originally posted by Banshee

Originally posted by Ess Why Kay
Online ads. No "click to install blahblah software" boxes. One just came up saying "your poem can win 10,000" from "gain" or something if that helps.


That's some spyware that likely came with a program you downloaded recently....have you installed any P2P programs (Kazaa, Limewire, etc)?

Get Ad-Aware to get rid of it. The program that it came with probably won't work anymore, just FYI.

-B.


Thanks I'll have to run the progam, and no I don't install programs like Grokster or KaZaA because they have spyware.



posted on Apr, 29 2004 @ 12:23 PM
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Ess Why Kay, So far I have found Kazaa Lite to be safe. It's supposed to be safe in more ways than one, wink wink.



posted on Apr, 29 2004 @ 12:50 PM
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Originally posted by titian
Ess Why Kay, So far I have found Kazaa Lite to be safe. It's supposed to be safe in more ways than one, wink wink.


Go with Kazaa Lite K++ edition. Its superior in every way, no spyware you can download faster because your participation level is set at the maximum level and the RIAA cant trace your IP address. Plus many more tools. Just do a search on Google.



posted on Apr, 29 2004 @ 12:53 PM
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A lot of spyware apps will cause popups to appear randomly. So, for example you could be looking at ATS and a popup will come by. That popup might have been completely unrelated to being on ATS though. Anything's possible with that crap.

I personally think all spyware apps should be illegal. Imagine if when you parked your car in a lot they decided it would be fun to tinker with your transmission...



posted on Apr, 29 2004 @ 01:22 PM
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Originally posted by Djarums
A lot of spyware apps will cause popups to appear randomly. So, for example you could be looking at ATS and a popup will come by. That popup might have been completely unrelated to being on ATS though. Anything's possible with that crap.


Djarums, you're right however in my case that evening, ATS was the first site I browsed to. My browser's default page is nothing. I don't load anything when IE opens up. Plus with spybot I was relatively certain that I had nothing on my computer that shouldn't be there. The cookies thing may have done it although I allow cookies. Interestingly on my laptop at home I don't get this issue, only my desktop. My laptop at work does not do this either. I may have that desktop locked down because I was experimenting in the past with some lockdowns for a client and I may not have removed something.



posted on Apr, 29 2004 @ 02:06 PM
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I was on one of the ATS articles on the main site (www.abovetopsecret.com...) and a window popped up and scrolled from the left side of my screen to the center, where it moved down when I scrolled down, and read "Congratulations, you are the 1,000,000th visitor of this site!" (possible paraphrasing there, I didn't pay much attention to the actual text). I don't think this was an intentional thing so could SkepticOverlord (or likewise) possibly shed some light on this?

Edit: By the way, this is in this thread because I thought it pointless to start a new one


[Edited on 29/4/2004 by Lyriox]



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