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Post by mickodie » Mon Aug 25, 2003 5:48 pm

I just wanted to make sure I wasn't going to screw something up. The spyware doesn't have anything to do with automatic updates? They are just snooping on people? :shock: Omg, I feel violated. Can I sue? lol
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Post by Ukrgawd » Mon Aug 25, 2003 5:56 pm

Mick i think one of the biggest programs to have spyware is Kazaa. If you ever downloaded the program and havent run AdAware believe me you have spyware on your puter. And in answer no you cant sue cause you agreed to it when you installed the program.

Run AdAware you'll be surprised what you will find :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Post by Just_Ice » Mon Aug 25, 2003 7:45 pm

Gator is another big one.

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Post by out on parole » Mon Aug 25, 2003 7:54 pm

:roll: Ok here ya go I had the same thing going on it ended up being Gator which was being placed into my system everytime I visited certain sites... The fix is free and simple down load adware 6.0 you have to run it every few days or so... Now any unidentifiable mail needs to be spammed or deleted in one to 2 days you will see a big decrease in garbage mailings

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Post by Nana3 » Tue Aug 26, 2003 1:17 am

I got a couple emails showed i sent something out and I didn't know the addy and didn't send nothing but I had my puter redone and haven't got anymore, but I don't have Kazaa or gator either I did at one time but I never d/l any of them again or incredimail either that is another one to get spyware from too.

But you all please tell me something, How do I keep these ppl from sending me a ad to order viagra and I really don't need it, this junk mail is the pits. lol... not to mention the porno stuff you get and mostly teenage girls this should not be allowed at all.

Looks like with the taxes we pay the government would step in and do something about this trash.

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Post by Mompsu » Tue Aug 26, 2003 2:26 am

Hey Nana, about

Viagra sellings.. # btw, it really sounds like if you dont take it you will be in hell :lol: # ~Well Seriosly.. I have noticed that
mostly Ecard-sites they betray your e*addy to those crappy spammers. Especially they like hotmail, while it lets anyone in, if you dont use exlusive level of protection. Yahoo is better, so far I have used it now, there is no spam coming if I send ecards. Or maybe I had luck so far? :D
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Post by Ukrgawd » Tue Aug 26, 2003 3:43 am

By far the simplist ways of stopping spam mail is to go to your filters settings in your email program and set up a list of words that you consider spam.
Viagra
Morgages
Teens

If your mail filter program is working correctly just those 3 filter words will eliminate an amazing amount of spam
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Post by Just_Ice » Tue Aug 26, 2003 5:52 am

Typically, if someone offers you a "free" program or service, and all they want is your e-mail address, they want it for a reason.

It's tough to know when to reply to an e-mail and tell them you want removed. Some places are legit and will remove you. Others use your reply as verification that your e-mail is valid. Sites (typically like porn sites) will pay more money for "verified" e-mails.

I've quit replying to the junk mail and it's gone down. But, I'm sure there are some that would go away if I replied or clicked the link to remove. I'm not taking that chance anymore.

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Post by Lace » Tue Aug 26, 2003 7:57 am

Another quick tip. If your receive an email that you never asked for, nor want and there is a "Click this link to remove me from your mailing list" DO NOT CLICK IT. By going to the site to supposedly remove yourself, you just added yourself to one more list that can be sold. Just delete the message and never reply to the remove me lines.

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Re: Someone is using my e-mail addy to send mass messages

Post by Thumbs » Tue Sep 02, 2003 2:28 am

mickodie wrote:This is awful :( I am getting a mailbox full of couldn't send your message to peeps I never heard of. How can I stop it? Anyone had this problem before?
You don't HAVE to be infected with the latest virus(s) to have this sort of thing happen to you. The infected computer may have your email address stored somewhere (in a document, in an IM program, in their address book, doesn't matter where, the virus searches for them).

The new viruses have their own email engine, so the infected computer doesn't even need to have an email program running to be sending out emails containing the virus. When they're connected to the internet, the virus sends itself out pretending to be coming from any one of the email addresses stored somewhere on that computer. Then, if the mail doesn't reach it's destination, the bounce is returned to the person that the virus pretended to be. Hence, you think your computer is sending email to people you don't even know.

This is all by design, built into the virus itself. There are ways to track down the domain from which the email was originally sent and pretended to be you. However, it's not an easy task. Once you find the domain name of the originator, you can contact abuse@thatdomainname.com and tell them one of their subscribers is infected. Getting them to do something about it is another matter.

I've been after one particular domain now for a couple of weeks, trying to get them to understand what's going on. Finally, today they responded to me saying they had tracked the person down (who, all this time has been connected 24/7 on dsl with same IP addy which shows in the bounced email) and notified them. The bounced emails have now stopped.

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Post by mickodie » Tue Sep 02, 2003 5:40 pm

Thanks You Thumbs, that explains alot because I didn't find a virus or worm on this computer. Another computer in the house did have the welch worm that I fixed. What a pain. :roll:
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Post by Capt_MacLeod » Wed Sep 10, 2003 2:51 am

Note Regarding Kazaa: The element that you "agree" to that allows all the spyware in is called Cydoor. Without it, Kazaa won't run at all. NOW, there is a modified version of Kazaa known as Kazaa Lite which includes a neutered version of Cydoor. It still shows up when you scan for ad/spyware, but you can tell Adaware etc. to ignore that one. KL can be found at: http://www.kazaalite.tk
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Post by Just_Ice » Wed Sep 10, 2003 7:38 am

Ewwwwww.

Careful with Kazaa, most of what happens with it is illegal in the U.S. and people are getting sued now.

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Post by Capt_MacLeod » Thu Sep 11, 2003 1:59 am

By absolute definition, any redistribution of copyrighted materials without permission or purchasing of rights from the original publisher is illegal. You are legally allowed to rip MP3's of anything you OWN on CD, so long as you are only listening to one version of the song at a time. Anything else is copyright infringement.

As far as people being sued goes, if you're not sharing any files, you are safe from prosecution. In the Kazaa preferences, there is a check box for "do not share files with other users". This should cover that issue.
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Post by Moordock » Thu Sep 11, 2003 3:03 pm

I had this problem once in AOL.

Basically, here's what happens. Someone uses your email address. They use it to send out millions of junk emails. When you send an email in Outlook, for instance, you can type in ANY email address (yours in this case) as the sending email address. They get paid by the email addresses that actually go through. Since most of the emails have a link in them, you don't get the replies back. Usually, this person will move on to another email address fairly quickly, since they don't want to get caught.

AOL told me it is nearly impossible to catch these people. But make sure you send an email or call tech support at which ever company you use. You don't want to get labled as a spammer. It's easy enough to prove, since there won't be any copies in your sent mailbox.

Hope this helps.
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