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Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by K-Man, Sep 12, 2004.

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  1. K-Man

    K-Man Thread Starter

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    Okay, I know this shows my ignorance of the web, but maybe someone can make some suggestions? :eek:

    I search a lot of material related to Japan, and there are a ton of totally misleading sites in this catagory! This is how I got my first virus. I am a freelance artist, and am working on my own "manga" (for those of you who don't know that term: it is a Japanese word for their "comics"). I search for all manner of Japanese things, such as: anime, manga, J-pop music, or just about anything Japanese.

    I find that a HUGE portion of these sites are bogus. Even if I search in Images, I might click on, say, a "Pokemon" picture (I'm sure you all know what that is); and instead of getting cute little creatures... :eek: I get all manner of x-rated material! Some of this is VERY offensive!

    Worse... this is how I got a "bloodhound" virus! I was clicking on a picture of a pop singer, and the next thing I know, there were about a DOZEN windows full of obscenity! I shut each one down in turn, but when I got to the last one and told it to close... they all sprang back up! I finally just closed the explorer window, and shut them all off, at which point one of them appeared in the taskbar, and proceeded to auto-launch explorer! Then my Norton kicked in and quarantined the little demons.

    So... my question is: Can anyone recommend a way to avoid this stuff, without resorting to simply not searching at all? I've found that Universities often have materials like this, and are free of pop-ups, and run very quickly because they are mostly text-based indexes. Trouble is: most search engines only find the Universities, not the CONTENTS of the Universities.

    Maybe there's a fellow "otaku" out there, who can offer me some suggestions on this?

    I hope I'm posting this in the right forum... :eek:
     
  2. Fidelista

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    Hello K-man. Your surfing habits can get you in trouble, regardless of anti-virus protection, but this may help. Download , install and update Spyware Blaster and Spyware Guard, both excellent free protection provided by Java cool. These are preventitive programs.
    Download ,install , and update SpyBot SD 1.3---and use the option to "lock" your homepage.
    Download and install AdAware SE for additional help in removing pests that you may encounter.
    If you use Win XP ---enable your firewall, or maybe install one.
    Keep your OS updated with all MS critical updates.
    Manually update your anti-virus so you may get protection as soon as its available.
    I also think that you should download HijackThis----save it in documents ---and run it, to create a logfile---do not "fix anything. Save this file or print it out.
    If your system is clean, you will have a list of running processes before a problem occurs. If you run into a problem , you can simply run it again and identify "new" programs running. That would be a help to you should you be hijacked.
    These programs will not guarantee complete safety, but will help.
    Risky web surfing will always be .....risky.
    Link for the programs I reccomended>>>>>
    http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads31.html
    Hope this is of some help.>f
     
  3. MightyQueenC

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    Hi K-Man

    Do everything that Fidelista says and all I can say about "manga" et al is avoid searches. My son is an avid Japanese anime fan and artist and we were getting so much porn crap and he'd hit on so many sites that were referring to the nastier side of "manga", that I ended up forbidding on-line searches for it. :(

    I will follow this thread for any tipsters that may have come up with a more selective way to search for Japanese manga/anime, who reply to your post.

    Good luck
    Carolyn :)
     
  4. physician

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    If you surf with internet explorer, download the google toolbar - it blocks popups. Download IE SPYADS and install - it is a blocker that works thru the registry. If you run XP and have the SP2 installed, go into your browser settings and set the cookies so that they delete every session (like Mozilla or Firefox).

    http://toolbar.google.com/

    https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/ehowes/www/resource.htm#IESPYAD

    also follow the advice for Adaware SE 1.4, Spybot 1.3, Spywareblaster and Spywareguard...doc
     
  5. K-Man

    K-Man Thread Starter

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    Guess I should have mentioned my system stats. Sorry.

    I'm running windows98, and IE 5, with a DSL connection. I'm currently waiting on Microsoft to solve a problem I have with windows update, so that I can do as you suggest.

    I have Adaware free edition, and Spybot S & D. I use them to check for any new problems EVERY SINGLE TIME I finish on the internet. I currently have only 4 objects listed on their logs, which are the same 4 I had before I even had any web connection:

    1. Alexa Related
    2. Aveo/Attune
    3. DSO Exploit
    4. DSO Exploit

    The "Alexa" thing doesn't matter, as long as I don't use the "what's related" function under my internet tools (which I don't, of course). The Aveo thing? Not sure... but I think it has to do with web telecasts. It's those last two that bother me, because I haven't been able to get a patch from Microsoft yet. I know it is available, because I read about it at greymagic.com. Also; Spybots upcoming update is supposed to address this issue somehow as well. I hope so, because I could fossilize waiting on the MS techs! :rolleyes:

    As for my Japanese searches: I don't know if there is any answer either. Even if I learned to read Japanese, I don't think it would matter. Perhaps I should try asking someone at a Japanese government site?

    Speaking of reading a foreign language: Is it okay to install those "foreign language packs"? I get that message about them preparing to install, and always cancel it, but it's a pain. I worry that it could be trying to install more than just a translator though, so I've never just accepted. Is there a way I can get legitimate software for this? I remember hearing about something called "DeBabylizer" years ago.

    Oh... I almost forgot: I have a great pop-up blocker from "Panicware" which was free.


    Anyway; thanks for your replies!
     
  6. Dust Sailor

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    You might try downloading and using Mozilla Firefox for a week or so to see if it helps. It is a bit more secure and may help you .
     
  7. K-Man

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    Thanks to Fidelista, Mightyqueenc, Physician, and Dust Sailor for your responses!

    It seems I'll need a LOT more security if I want to venture near those hacker infested waters in the future. I'm not giving up though! I do know quite a few clean and legitimate sites in this category, and I'm going to e-mail them with my concerns. (Don't worry: I have a second "dummy" e-mail address I'll use for this. hehe) :cool:

    Maybe I can get enough people interested to create a sort of online good/bad list of these sites...
     
  8. MightyQueenC

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    You're welcome K-Man

    If you come across safe sites for the manga and other Japanese anime, could you please let me know? My son is still a major fan. Thanks in advance.

    Carolyn :)
     
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