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Unsolicited Dialer Installed

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by FZWG, Sep 18, 2003.

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  1. FZWG

    FZWG Thread Starter

    Dec 17, 2000
    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.
  2. BillC


    May 28, 2003
    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.
  3. RSM123


    Aug 1, 2002
    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 :


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

    FZWG Thread Starter

    Dec 17, 2000
    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.

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