posted on Jun, 12 2008 @ 02:11 PM
I just had something real weird happen. I am running WinXP (standard install) on a Toshiba laptop. The only things actively running at the time were
the Firefox window I use for ATS, another Firefox window I use for other sites (minimized) and a window of IE for the local weather radar (Firefox
doesn't seem to like weather.com for some reason).
I posted in a new thread, so to reopen the Most Recent page, I rightclicked Recent Posts and selected 'Open in New Tab'. The new tab opened and the
window immediately minimized on its own. In its place was a small alert box informing me that I might be infected with 'the virus' if my computer
was doing such-and-such. I clicked on cancel and the window re-maximized, Instead of the Most Recent page, it had a page informing me that my download
would start soon! before I could close that, Firefox's download manager popped up and started giving me the status of the download. I canceled that
and closed the offending tab. Then I had another alert box telling me my computer might be infected... I closed that with the X and was able to
I think my AV was about to alert me right before I closed the download manager, but I was clicking so fast it apparently didn't have time. I saw
something from the tray start to pop up then cancel.
This all happened in the blink of an eye. I don't think I clicked on anything like an advertisement, but I might have drug my pointer across one by
accident. Sorry, but I did not get the name of the offending software; I was too busy trying to kill it to notice.
Now I know ATS does not allow things like this on their site, and this is not an indictment of ATS. But if there is an advertisement or other
malicious code sneaking into a page, the PTB here need to know about it. Also, everyone else might want to keep an eye open just in case.
The possibility always exists that it was something running in the background or some sort of coincidental attack, but the offending page opened in
the tab where an ATS page should have been, so I think it bears looking into.