Unsolicited Dialer Installed

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Appreciate some assistance.

Trying to understand how dialers work. Helping some folks with a totally unsolicited dialer installed on their PC.

To my understanding, these things are modem hijackers that use the telephone line/modem dial-up connection for dubious purposes (probably porno related).

AcaCandy provided a link where the info leads to believe that
"...dialers work with LAN, ADSL or Cable modem connections..."

How could dialer charges end up on a telephone bill if the user has a Cable ISP?

Would some kind of a setting need enabled to activate the dialer, and a telephone line would need connected to the PC?

Thank you for the help.
 
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My understanding is about the same as yours. In order for a dialer to work, you need too have a phone line connected to your computer. That is of course the 'source' of the unwanted charges.

I've not heard of phone charges resulting from a cable connection, but in today's cyber world with cyber crooks, one never knows. I'd like to see Candy's link.

BTW, I'm using cable, but there is one program that requires a phone line connection to function.
 
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Cannot answer your question about whether it still poses a threat if you're on Cable however to prevent such things installing again in IE go Tools > Options > Advanced and under Browsing look for the two boxes marked Enable Install on Demand - they are checked by default so uncheck them. In future you should get a prompt come up saying 'install our special software'. Allowing you to decline.

Take a look at this article :

http://forums.spywareinfo.com/index.php?showtopic=3079&st=0

Though have you managed to get rid of this particular one yet ?
 

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Thanks for the reply and the info, BillC.

AcaCandy's link shows a listing of dialers and the advertisement as to what they do underneath each dialer. It is not a website where I would want to linger. Some of their ads stated something about working with Cable, etc.

http://www.cozyfrog.com/listings/adprograms/dialer.asp
 
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