Adware

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by Dave K, May 21, 2004.

  1. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2002
    #1
    Just an FYI, I've gotten an popup requesting permission for a browser plugin on occasion when visiting the homepage.
     
  2. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2003
    Location:
    Asheville, NC
    #2
    Wish it had bothered to ask me permission.

    I usually visit MacRumors from my PC at the office (I get too lonely for my Mac otherwise). And yes, I have my IE set not to download anything without permission and to use reasonable security. I also use a mostly successful popup blocker, so I was unpleasantly surprised to find the MacRumors front page sporting a pop-up ad. And I did notice that it was taking a long time to load, but I'm used to dial-up at home so I didn't think that much about it.

    So imagine my surprise 15 minutes later to find my browser unusable and my hard drive full of porn sites. Looks like the Lycos Sidesearcher malware. Also looks like my time at MacRumors is going to drastically decrease if I can't safely visit from the office.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 21, 2003
    #3
    Don't use IE

    I've recently been involved with looking at some of the low-level details of how IE malware propogates, and let me just say: don't. There are some methods of transmission that can't be fixed without breaking major Windows features and that's not going to happen before longhorn. IE should be considered broken until Longhorn ships.

    Download FireFox

    http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/

    and sleep better at night.
     

Share This Page