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Problem with IE Favorites folder

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  1. tbrooks

    tbrooks Thread Starter

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    In IE, can URLs be added to the favorites folder in any other way than by the user (me) saving it to my favorites folder?
     
  2. ratchet

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    Hi tbrooks,
    Welcome to TSG.
    As far as I know the answer to your question is no.
    Windows will automaticaly put favorites such as windows update
    when installed. Are favorites showing up you have not added?
    Hang around someone come by and correct my answer if I'm mistaken.
     
  3. tbrooks

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    Bryan,

    Thanks for the reply. I'd like to hear from others, too. I don't think there is any other way either, for example, some site the user is visiting depositing a URL in the Favorites folder or the Temp folder, in the way cookies are deposited, etc.

    But then the next question becomes, Well, how did these URLs get here?

    t.
     
  4. ratchet

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    tbrooks,
    No problem thats why we hang out here. If I were you I would check this out sounds a lot like Spy Ware. I think Savy Lady is the resident expert. down load ad aware, run it and if you dont like what you see, post it here. I'll bring more help if needed.
    http://www.lsfileserv.com/index.html
    Ad Aware
     
  5. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Congradulations ratchet... I see you have found a home. :) Where's that custom avatar? ;)


    That is one thing that I you can do in NetScrap and not IE. It lets you save a URL by typing it in and doing it that way. However, there is one thing you can do to save a URL in IE without physically going to the site, but it might be as much as a hassel as just going to the site. Go to your desktop and right click and point to new then new shortcut. Type or paste the URL or link in the "command line" prompt then click next and tye a name for it then click "finsh" and it will close and you are done. You just made a shortcut for a site without actually gong there. Now to make it show in your favorites, click and hold the link and drag to "start" on the taskbar and hold it there, "start" will expand automatically, then place the link over "favorites", which will expand and you can let go of the link in there, and then delete the URL from your desktop if you don't want it anymore. You can also make a shortcut to the favorites in the windows directory and place it on your desktop, so that way after you make the internet shortcut you can place it over the link on your desktop to favorites and it will go in there and you then don't need to delete it off your desktop then because you can move it to the favorites link. You can't move anything to the start bar, you can only make a copy. If you plan to do this alot, you might want to make a shortcut for favorites on you desktop. It is in the windows root directory. May I ask why you must do it this way? I'm curouis... seams to be much easier doing it the "traditional" way.

    Hope that helped. :)
     
  7. DoyceJ

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    I have to disagree and say yes. Some of those same scripted sites (ie, porn) that can alter your homepage, can also set a url in your favorites and place a shortcut icon on your desktop. You have to access the site for this to happen though.
     
  8. tbrooks

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    Eddie,

    Yes, there are four sites in my folder that shouldn't be there. All four were added at the same time.

    I read on the microsoft public forums yesterday of a similar situation. This guy had URLs added to his Favorites folder and in the Tools menu, as you noted. But that is the only other mention of it I've found.

    A tech there suggested that adding a URL to the favorites folder can be done with a javascript. Have you heard that?

    Hiya

    I agree with ratchet, though there was one case where someone bookmarked a site and it ended up on their Tools Menu:

    http://forums.techguy.org/showthrea...=Bookmark+Tools

    As ratchet said, are there any in the favourites that shoudn't be there? If you press Ctrl-D by mistake, that will add the site to the list.

    eddie
     
  9. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Well, Javascript can certainly do some stuff, thast why a lot of people surf without it.

    If you want, do you want to tell me the links you have that are causing this? You can PM them, if you want. I won't mention their names here.

    That way, I may be able to have a look and see if its them or just you.

    Can you delete them, by rightclicking and choosing Delete?

    eddie
     
  10. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Hiya

    Just received that PM. Now, you may want to uninstall Install on Demand.

    Go to Tools | Internet Options. Advanced tab. Under Browsing, look for Enable Instal on Demand. Untick that, apply and ok.

    Now, as to that link I mentioned, this is for something that gets installed without you knowing. Not a virus.

    http://forums.techguy.org/showthread.php?threadid=60485&highlight=sp.dll

    The lavasoft link in there is pretty good.

    Now, gonna do some digging, on the issue raised by the PM.

    *EDIT*Okay, here's a little so far, but I have plenty of other stuff to wade through :p

    Malicious Applets on the Web

    Play a sound file forever.
    Kill a browser with a CPU-hogging attack.
    Consume all available memory on your machine.
    Spin endless threads to consume resources.
    Display many hundreds of large black windows.
    Combine many denial-of-service attacks (windows, threads, and sounds) into one payload.
    Pop a fake dialog box requesting sensitive information (username and password).
    Surreptitiously perform remote calculation and report results back to the server.
    Forge mail.
    Kill all applet threads (except for self).
    Send your browser to a URL over and over again.
    Obtain your username.
    Fill all disk space available to the browser.
    Create an AppletClassLoader (a good staging ground for more serious attacks).
    Exercise mystery methods (undocumented but available) that crash a browser.
    Misuse native methods through the Java API, resulting in a crash.
    Deny legitimate use of the audio system by retaining control over it.
    Steal information about the SystemPrincipal and create an impostor.
    Determine exactly which plugins a browser has with help from JavaScript.
    Steal information from a Java Wallet (including username and password).
    Carry out some social engineering in order to rewire the Help button of the Java Wallet.
    Cause a modem connected to an arbitrary serial port to dial.

    As you can see, not good. Thats why its a nervous issue. Looking for something more on the folders now *EDIT*

    Regards

    eddie
     
  11. tbrooks

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    Thanks Eddie.

    I'm on it.

    t.
     
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