Happy Saturday Morning
This is a new virus/spyware program that can affect users of most any browser on a Microsoft Windows operating system.
Some useful citizen has created an installer that will nail IE with spyware, even if a surfer is using Firefox (or another alternative browser) or has blocked access to the malicious site in IE beforehand. The technique allows a raft of spyware to be served up to Windows users in spite of any security measures that might be in place.
Full article is here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/03...ive_slimeware/
This site is always useful: Scumware.com
This one too: AdAware.com
Many people are already surfing Hotrodders.com with infected computers. Sometimes I will get emails or PM's from people who tell me to "stop putting so many popups on your site", or "I'm sick of seeing porn on your site".
If you see popup ads on this site, your computer is probably infected. In fact, our board contains ZERO advertising. If you see ads or porn on this board, then you're probably infected.
Switching browsers is turning out to not be a good defense against spyware and viruses. Microsoft Windows is so full of holes that it doesn't really matter what browser you use.
Here is an interesting quote from a webmaster site today:
Switching to Firefox helps a little because you make things a bit harder, but it is like putting a stronger padlock on a safe made out of chocolate. If you want truly better security, look at alternative operating systems, not just alternative browsers.