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Old 05-12-02, 11:41 AM
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Stupid programs that automatically download and dial for porn!!

I was doing my usual thing looking for nice pictures on the net, and all of a sudden I'm disconnected and the modem starts dialing something else.
I notice that a small smiley face icon has appeared in the system tray, start menu and programs menu. This program is automatically redialing my modem to whatever number it wants!! Without asking me.
The name of the entries in the start menu are 'No Credit Card Access' with a smiley face icon and the program it runs is 'plugin-37-uk.exe'. I immediately stopped it from dialing, deleted the file and the corresponding entries in the start menu. I close the website that triggered it, and 2 minutes later the program re-appears and starts dialing again. I stop it and reboot.
Once booted I find the program has automatically started and is in the system tray.
I think it's a friggin travesty that the internet has stooped so low. Last month (when another comp in the house was connected to the net) I think the same thing happened, and a $20 charge came up on my phone bill for one call!! I had no idea (the computer wasn't in my room) until I chased it up with the phone company.
If I had the power I would find out where these morons lived and... arghh.. I don't wanna start sounding like a terrorist now, but I'd open up a big friggin can of woopass on them.
I'm running WinXP Pro and was using the built in firewall, although I'm running another one now as well.
Is there anyway I can stop this from happening again? I don't want it to happen when I'm not at home or something.
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Old 05-12-02, 11:44 AM
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think about how much work that saves you!
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Old 05-12-02, 12:10 PM
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think about how much work that saves you!
Yeah but think about how much it would cost me.
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Old 05-12-02, 12:17 PM
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The next ones will probably be smarter. They will make sure you are not around to stop them with conditions like waiting until the screen saver is on or idle time has exceeded 30 minutes, then it will dial out to the Bahamas. Or it could just wait until 3AM local time to dial out. What would be good is if you have entered your credit card numbers into some sort of wallet and the program running in the background has sniffed them out.
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Old 05-12-02, 04:37 PM
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have you tried clearing the internet history? and the temp internet folder? And checking the ADD/REMOVE programs, if you see it on the system tray, you should be able to remove the program.
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Old 05-12-02, 05:03 PM
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Originally posted by grr1
have you tried clearing the internet history? and the temp internet folder? And checking the ADD/REMOVE programs, if you see it on the system tray, you should be able to remove the program.
I've cleared all temp files and cookies now, although the program didn't appear in the add/remove list.

Man I hate these things.
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Old 05-12-02, 05:22 PM
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I've cleared all temp files and cookies now, although the program didn't appear in the add/remove list.


Well, also make sure you cleared the history also, and move the size of disk space to be used all the way down to 1 MB. Clearing the temp and cookies usually solves that problem. Have tou checked the Task Manager and closed the offending program?

Remove all numbers to dial in the Connections tab for IE options, and reinstall the real dial up number to your ISP. Play around the connections settings, like don't dial automatically.

Also check your start up folder. BTW, who is your ISP? AOL? MSN? or a local one? If, all else fails, you might want to explain the situation to them.

Not to preach, but I hope you've learned your lesson.
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Old 05-12-02, 05:22 PM
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It might also be worth your while taking a look at the suggestions given by L W Kramer and Jack Schofield.
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Old 05-12-02, 05:47 PM
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Yeah I cleaned it out of the registry and uninstalled something called CyberCelebs Extruder, whether it's related or not, I don't know.

It wasn't like I invited this thing on my computer, even though I do look at porn and have been for a while know, I make sure I don't do anything stupid like download something I don't trust etc. All of this happened in the background, without me clicking on anything to approve it.
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Old 05-12-02, 07:54 PM
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Originally posted by fmian:
All of this happened in the background, without me clicking on anything to approve it.
All this can happen if you have IE security levels of Medium or less and/or allow ActiveX or Javascript to run. I have security set high on mine and regularly see various programs trying to download and automatically run after download.

Not mentioned in the URL that Benedict provided is the age-old approach of using RUN --> MSCONFIG and looking under the startup tab for a partial list of programs that can start at bootup. If you see "CyberCelebs Anal Intruder" listed there, you should also look over the name of the executable file listed there. Then, search the registry for occurrences of that filename as well...

If that doesn't do it, then the program has possibly modified your INI files as well to make sure it runs at bootup.

You may also wish to set in your browser options so that a site has less of a chance of loading something into your browser, forcing a refresh, and causing that new item to be downloaded (nice trick):

YES -- Notify if Forms Submittal is being redirected
YES -- Disable Install On Demand
YES -- Check for Publishers Certificate Revokation
NO -- Enable Profile Assistant
YES -- Warn about invalid site certificates
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Old 05-13-02, 03:42 AM
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Thanks for the info Startide.

I already looked through msconfig for what is running, and deleted all references to the offending program in the registry.

Also did as you suggested and set security to high and turned those settings as you advised.

Hope it blocks them off this time, but I can imagine something new coming out in the future that bypasses the security we set.
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Old 05-13-02, 08:02 AM
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What is the name of the company it is trying to dial? Find that, and do a search on how to uninstall it. 4KRG helped me out with something that was stuck on my work computer for about 4 months
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Makes me glad i don't have a modem.
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Old 05-13-02, 09:44 AM
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For now I would unplug the phone line from the computer when you are away from the computer.
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