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  1. #1
    Smee

    Spyware alert . . .

    Anyone here ever hear of "Adbrite"? It is an advertising company who rotates ads on various forums . . . including this one.

    I got a warning from my "NoScript" plugin in Firefox. Adbrite is one of the companies who places ads for "WinAntispyware" (http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=381065) and "WinAntivirus", both of which are members of the Smitfraud virus family.

    Please be very careful before clicking any of those ads. According to "http://www.adsensechat.com/archive/i...p/t-4838.html" the landing pages this company uses are dangerous and blocked by programs like Trend Mirco PC-cillin ( a LEGITIMATE antivirus, makers of "housecall" online virus scanner and the owners of "Hijack This!") and Kaspersky (another LEGITIMATE antivirus program). Norton ignores it, but then again almost every computer I get in my shop infected with Smitfraud is running Norton . . . go figure

    What is Smitfraud? In terms of time at the computer shop, 2 hours in most cases (sometimes less, depending on which version and how many trojans it downloads to your computer) and sometimes it is only cleaned by a Format and OS reinstall if you get a really nasty variant. Most of the time, the machines I see come with Virtumundo if they have Smitfraud.

    Just something to think about . . . and watch out for if clicking those ads.

    I wonder if Tnet could just place their own ads or write their own ad rotator script --- maybe even use one of the hundreds of easily configurable FREE ones available on the web without spyware.

    But, for now, I just love my noscript addon.

    EDIT: forgot to add that, while McAfee Site Advisor says the site is OK, you should scroll down the page a bit (actually 6 pages of comments on Adbrite) and read a few of the comments.

    http://siteadvisor.pl/sites/adbrite.com/summary/

  2. #2
    us
    Dec 2007
    Georgia
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    Re: Spyware alert . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Smee
    Anyone here ever hear of "Adbrite"? It is an advertising company who rotates ads on various forums . . . including this one.

    I got a warning from my "NoScript" plugin in Firefox. Adbrite is one of the companies who places ads for "WinAntispyware" (http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=381065) and "WinAntivirus", both of which are members of the Smitfraud virus family.

    Please be very careful before clicking any of those ads. According to "http://www.adsensechat.com/archive/i...p/t-4838.html" the landing pages this company uses are dangerous and blocked by programs like Trend Mirco PC-cillin ( a LEGITIMATE antivirus, makers of "housecall" online virus scanner and the owners of "Hijack This!") and Kaspersky (another LEGITIMATE antivirus program). Norton ignores it, but then again almost every computer I get in my shop infected with Smitfraud is running Norton . . . go figure

    What is Smitfraud? In terms of time at the computer shop, 2 hours in most cases (sometimes less, depending on which version and how many trojans it downloads to your computer) and sometimes it is only cleaned by a Format and OS reinstall if you get a really nasty variant. Most of the time, the machines I see come with Virtumundo if they have Smitfraud.

    Just something to think about . . . and watch out for if clicking those ads.

    I wonder if Tnet could just place their own ads or write their own ad rotator script --- maybe even use one of the hundreds of easily configurable FREE ones available on the web without spyware.

    But, for now, I just love my noscript addon.
    You probably should have sent this to a mod instead of posting here. They can clear these things up quickly.
    Newt

  3. #3
    us
    Sep 2005
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    Re: Spyware alert . . .

    Smee,

    I have picked up the Virtumundo a few times and so far, Malwarebytes has removed it.

    TW
    If we meet and you forget me...you have lost nothing.
    If you meet Jesus Christ and forget him...you have lost everything!

  4. #4
    Smee

    Re: Spyware alert . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Timberwolf
    Smee,

    I have picked up the Virtumundo a few times and so far, Malwarebytes has removed it.

    TW
    It isn't hard to get rid of, but can really be a pain once you have it.

    1 word: Sandboxie.

 

 

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