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Bonzi Security???

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by tekknique, Feb 13, 2003.

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  1. tekknique

    tekknique Thread Starter

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    Hey Guys:

    When I'm on the Internet I get this message that states "You are in danger of being hacked - protect your self" After ignoring them for quite sometime, I decided to see if the IP address they were displaying was actually mine. To my surprise - it was mine. My cable company said - it wasn't their fault and I should buy some anti virus software to protect my self.

    The question is : Didn't Bonzi hack into my system in order to get my specific IP address? Can they do that? What damage could they cause? How can I stop them? Is it my ISP's fault or Bonzi? Am I over reacting? Thanks!
     
  2. Corrosive

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    Where does the message come from? I'm not questioning you're intelligence (well, actually I am) but are you sure it wasn't a banner ad in the same shape and style as an error message? Could it have been a javascript prompt? There are a lot of sites that do this to try and drum up sales in security software that you do not need.

    If it is from a website, please post the link here so we can check if it is some kind of con or whatever.
     
  3. tekknique

    tekknique Thread Starter

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    Thank for the reply.

    I should have been more descriptive. It is a banner. It is an Ad for a security feature. "Internet Alert" Yes the same one we see on the side or a POP up. That's not my problem though.

    As I mentioned I see these Ad's all the time; but I always thought they displayed some random IP address not actually my IP address. Their marketing strategy worked and they got my attention by displaying my IP address in their POP up. But how did they get my specific IP address and is that legal?

    Here is the link they provided with their ad campaign. http://images.bonzi.com/fastclick/ia9b.asp

    When I click on it - I get my IP displayed and how someone may be able to attack me. How did "they" (The Bonzi people) get my IP?

    Thanks!

    Tekknique
     
  4. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    What you should do, is the following:

    Download Spybot - Search & Destroy

    It looks for spyware, but also targets dialers, keyloggers, and other nasties, and it's freeware.

    After installing, press Online, and search for, put a check mark at, and install all updates.

    Next, go to Settings > File Sets, and uncheck 'System Internals' and 'Tracks' .
    These aren't needed for our present purpose, and you can always experiment with them later on.

    Finally, after closing down Internet Explorer, hit 'Check for Problems', and have SpyBot remove all it finds.

    Good luck,
     
  5. buckaroo

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    Having your IP address displayed doesn't mean a whole lot. Without an IP address you wouldn't be able to surf the internet as web servers wouldn't know where to send data to. It's just a gimmick to sell you something. :)
     
  6. Corrosive

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    As I thought. It is just a con to drum up sales. Ignore it.

    If you're security software is up to date, you'll be perfectly fine.
     
  7. suzi

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    Every website you visit records your IP address. Those ads use a script trick to display it to you. Your IP address is not personally identifying of you. If you truly want to hide your IP address there are proxies and programs you can use but they normally slow down your web surfing a lot.

    Having a firewall is a good idea to help keep hackers out. There are several free ones which are very good if you don't already have one.
     
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