UAL747
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My Computer Downloading Files W/O My Permission?

Tue Feb 18, 2003 5:06 am

I bought a pop-up blocker, but this keeps happening to me. I'll come back to my computer and it will be downloading some .exe file or something like that. I didn't give it permission to do so. Mostly, the files come from a site called, gogetit.com. How to I stop this and how can I tell my computer not to even THINK about downloading files unless I specifically go to the site and click on download links. I think this is an invasion of privacy. When these files download, I always get some crappy shit like "cometcurser" or "savenow" or something "Gator". It always messes with my computer and causes a huge amount of popups.

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RE: My Computer Downloading Files W/O My Permission?

Tue Feb 18, 2003 5:16 am

Try Ad-Aware 6.0. http://www.lavasoft.de

It sounds like you've got some kind of spyware that is reinstalling itself even though you keep killing part of it.

Of course, the ultimate way to remove it is to format your hard drive and reinstall everything. Doing that now and then actually isn't a bad idea as long as you know how.
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dc-10 levo
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RE: My Computer Downloading Files W/O My Permission?

Tue Feb 18, 2003 5:28 am

You're not alone. Yesterday, my computer downloaded these files: Timesaver, Timekeeper, Payday, Newyear and Saver.

I haven't heard of any of those programs!

Hope they're not viruses!

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RE: My Computer Downloading Files W/O My Permission?

Tue Feb 18, 2003 7:31 am

I agree with B757300. I downloaded Ad-Aware several months ago, and it's constantly finding spyware and ad-bots on my system. It's simply a must to have on your system.
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RE: My Computer Downloading Files W/O My Permission?

Tue Feb 18, 2003 7:36 am

I just downloaded Ad-Aware last week after I too kept finding weird programs installed on my PC. Mine were mostly from gator. I did a search of my hard drive and it came up with tons of gator files, as well as some from gain and xupiter. Even when I thought I had gotten rid of all the files, some files just seemed to keept regenerating. What a pain the ass that spyware is.
 
ph-kca
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RE: My Computer Downloading Files W/O My Permission?

Tue Feb 18, 2003 8:55 am

I unfortunately have no solution for this, but be warned.
One or two weeks ago there was a TV-programe on the dutch TV about one kind of these sort of files:
Whatch out that these programes are no "dialers". For those who don't know: these programes change the telephone number used to make contact with your provider.
The result is that you make contact through another number and your next telephone-bill won't be a nice sight.

Btw, don't know if this is the right thing to do (watch out not to delete the wrong files), but doesn't it help to delete the history and temporary internet files (including cookies) from your browser?
 
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RE: My Computer Downloading Files W/O My Permissio

Tue Feb 18, 2003 9:01 am

Even when I thought I had gotten rid of all the files, some files just seemed to keept regenerating. What a pain the ass that spyware is.

It's your Internet Explorer keeping your cookies and temporary internet files on your desktop.

This is the correct order in which you should weed out spyware:

1. "Kill" any spyware programs that are running on your computer.
---> "Killing" involves Ctrl+Alt+Delete to bring up the "Programs Running" box and closing any of the suspected spyware programs. Be careful though, the program GATOR isn't labled "gator.exe" on the Ctrl+Alt+Del screen, it might be "gain", "gmt" or the like...just do not close programs that.

2. With all of the spyware programs inactive, clear your internet cookies and cache (very easy...no need to explain)
---> Spyware like Gator loves to save information to the internet cache (a folder on your computer) so that when you remove Gator, the internet cache is where Gator would go first to re-install itself.

3. Finally, run Ad-Aware or other ad-uninstalling program and done!



DC-10 Levo

You're not alone. Yesterday, my computer downloaded these files: Timesaver, Timekeeper, Payday, Newyear and Saver.

I haven't heard of any of those programs!

Hope they're not viruses!


Hope they're not viruses??!! LOL!

"Newyear" and "Saver" might be (i said, "might be or might not be") candidates for viruses...I've seen screensaver viruses and viruses that popup during the new year (or bearing the name before).

To avoid having your internet browser installing programs without your permission:

- When you are given a dialog box with a padlock image (for an example):
Security Warning - Do you want to install and run "so and so, and blah and blah" program signed on 1/25/02 and distributed by "some-trashware-spyware-program"

Do not check the "Always trust content from so-and-so company" and if you do not want the program on your computer, simply click NO. (I only click YES when legitimate companies like "Microsoft" or "Flash" wants to run programs on the computer)

- Play around with your Internet Options (IE) or Preferences (NS), particularly in the Security tab. Specify what you do or do not want other websites to do.

- This requires $$$. Spyware-remove programs and ad-blocker programs.

Happy surfing in the future!!

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