posted on Sep, 14 2004 @ 06:40 PM
I have had a similar experience.
Simply by visiting a websit, often an adult website, and clicking on a photo or viewing a film-clip, these devious hackers can place a small program
on your computer. Once they have their foot in the door, they can place larger programs on your computer. These may log the websites you visit or
even every key stroke you make. The dialer programs use your own modem to dial a toll number, usually a 900 number, and you are charged by the
minute. It's a modem to modem call, so you don't even know it's happening.
I understood what was happening (I heard the modem dialing out) and described it as such to the phone company, calling their inquiry line and starting
the conversation by saying, "I've been billed for some fraudulent calls." They (SBC) were very good about removing the charges.
After taking care of that, you've got to clean up the crap on your computer.
These programs are often not detected by anti-virus programs, as they are programs, not virus'. While anti-virus may detect the original trojan, if
one was used, you have to use anti-spy ware to clean up the program. Some of these programs are very clever and hard to remove, even going so far as
to assign random names to their files to make detection harder.
Good luck. It seems to me the www has gotten a lot nastier in the last year or so. Adware, spyware, virus'.... I now have a firewall, antivirus
and antispyware software running. It slows down my computer almost as much as the malware.
[edit on 14-9-2004 by cimmerius]