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Browser Hijackers

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Firefox got nailed with one of those that gave me a Warning Page and Beeping that I was Infected and had a phone number to call to get rid of it. Shut down the laptop & rebooted but opening Firefox, there it was again. Ran my Panda Free & Malwarebytes and they didn't find it. Restarted Firefox again and it was still there. Uninstalled Firefox then grabbed Hitman Pro free trial and it didn't find anything. Reinstalled Firefox Again and it was Still there on startup. DAMMIT!!! Then I searched around with IE and found Zumana AntiMalware Trial and ran that. Now This one found it and I deleted it. Reinstalled Firefox Again and now it's all back to Normal.

SO sometimes you have to be Patient and just keep trying. Thank God for Free Trial Versions! That was a Pain though.

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27 minutes ago, Bartman said:

Firefox got nailed with one of those that gave me a Warning Page and Beeping that I was Infected and had a phone number to call to get rid of it. Shut down the laptop & rebooted but opening Firefox, there it was again. Ran my Panda Free & Malwarebytes and they didn't find it. Restarted Firefox again and it was still there. Uninstalled Firefox then grabbed Hitman Pro free trial and it didn't find anything. Reinstalled Firefox Again and it was Still there on startup. DAMMIT!!! Then I searched around with IE and found Zumana AntiMalware Trial and ran that. Now This one found it and I deleted it. Reinstalled Firefox Again and now it's all back to Normal.

SO sometimes you have to be Patient and just keep trying. Thank God for Free Trial Versions! That was a Pain though.

Geez man, what sites are you visiting?

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2 hours ago, WKDWZD said:

Geez man, what sites are you visiting?

Have found some posted pics on IMGUR that may have had stuff attached to them. Pic Peak, More Pic Peak, Bendbox and More Bendbox. Stes with funny pics & memes that I pack together and send out a weekly Email to my friends. LOL Pics, HaHa Stop, I Love Bacon, Eat Liver, and a couple more, some of those are Links from Ernie's EHOWA site that goes way back to the 90's. Not Just Porn! Really don't bother with that too much anymore. Actually think some of those Hijackers might be attached to some Pop-Up ads from Legit sites.

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Super Antispyware is pretty good to use too.

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Beware of installing new software using the "quick install" option. Odds are 101% that that option contains unwanted software & settings bundled with the installation.

Always use the "custom install" option so that you can unselect crap that changes your search engine or browser default...among other things.

Edited by EL-FLIPPO

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13 hours ago, EL-FLIPPO said:

Beware of installing new software using the "quick install" option. Odds are 101% that that option contains unwanted software & settings bundled with the installation.

Always use the "custom install" option so that you can unselect crap that changes your search engine or browser default...among other things.

Good Tip for Noobs! Flip is 100% correct here, Always install Manually!

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I was on the internet a few weeks ago and I got a notice that said that a program I uploaded had flaws in it that could corrupt my computer. In order to fix this, I was told to give them access to my computer over the internet. They would then remove the corrupted program and reimburse me the money I paid. Being as dumb as a baboon I agreed. They then took over my mouse, accessed my on-line bank account drawing out $2,500. I told my bank what happened and the bank reimbursed my money. I was told that the bank has a team just for this kind of thing.

Warning~~~ do not let others access your computer over the internet; for any reason; period.

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2 hours ago, tooldtocare said:

I was on the internet a few weeks ago and I got a notice that said that a program I uploaded had flaws in it that could corrupt my computer. In order to fix this, I was told to give them access to my computer over the internet. They would then remove the corrupted program and reimburse me the money I paid. Being as dumb as a baboon I agreed. They then took over my mouse, accessed my on-line bank account drawing out $2,500. I told my bank what happened and the bank reimbursed my money. I was told that the bank has a team just for this kind of thing.

Warning~~~ do not let others access your computer over the internet; for any reason; period.

Sorry but, DUH!!!

That's been seen on the aforementioned Browser Hijackers. All of a sudden you browser starts beeping, you get this other screen from where you were going and the notice about having to pay a Fee to get your computer back. It's all BS! This is one reason you should have at least 2 if not all 3 browsers installed. IE, Firefox & Chrome. Open one of the Other ones that hasn't been hit and download a couple of Free/Trial Anti-Spyware/Malware programs. Malwarebytes is used by many but can still miss some things. I also downloaded Hitman Pro and another on another laptop, Zumana something, I forget right now. Ran all 3 and cleared out the Bug I was hit with. Later you can Uninstall the Trial versions when the trial period runs out without paying for it. You can always download another Free/Trial version if you need it again later.

Hope you make a note of all this if you have to do it sometime later on.

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I am not sure how the Browser function could have helped me. The contact said that I had overpaid for a product I purchased on the internet and the program had flaws that could corrupt my computer. I was told that they wanted to do two things. First they wanted to uninstall the corrupted program and second they wanted to reimburse me the amount of the purchase. But to do this they needed access to my computer.

I know, dumb dumb me went along and gave them access. Unfortunately I had a link [bank] tab to my bank account on my screen. Having this account on my screen was my biggest mistake.

No wait, they wanted to make a direct deposit in my bank account and that is how I got taken for a ride.

such is life

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speaking of hijacking...

https://www.wired.com/story/cryptojacking-cryptocurrency-mining-browser/

YOUR BROWSER COULD BE MINING CRYPTOCURRENCY FOR A STRANGER

THERE’S SOMETHING NEW to add to your fun mental list of invisible internet dangers. Joining classic favorites like adware and spyware comes a new, tricky threat called “cryptojacking,” which secretly uses your laptop or mobile device to mine cryptocurrency when you visit an infected site.

Malicious miners aren’t new in themselves, but cryptojacking has exploded in popularity over the past few weeks, because it offers a clever twist. Bad guys don’t need to sneak software onto your computer to get it going, which can be a resource-intensive attack. Instead, the latest technique uses Javascript to start working instantly when you load a compromised web page. There's no immediate way to tell that the page has a hidden mining component, and you may not even notice any impact on performance, but someone has hijacked your devices—and electric bill—for digital profit.

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