hidden viruses, spybots, or programs in pics?

Discussion in 'Questions, Rules, Suggestions' started by mbricker, Feb 24, 2005.

  1. mbricker

    mbricker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    Is it possible that a picture posted on Lawnsite could have hidden code that will put programs or advertising on a users computer?

    I have possibly experienced something like that: I was checking out the calendar girls on Off Topic one day, while running the clothes dryer. The dryer started beeping at me that the clothes were dry, so I left my computer on with one of the pics on the screen while I went to hang up shirts. I think it was about a half hour before I came back to the computer.

    There was a window on the screen asking for my state. Without thinking, I clicked, and it immediately took me to an adults only porn website. I have so far been unable to get it off my computer, bucause I'm not particularly computer savvy. The most annoying thing is, it keeps putting an icon that says "sex" on my desktop, and I'm not too thrilled to think my wife will see that and draw the conclusion that I've been surfing porn.

    At any rate, when my son has time, he will help me clean it up, so that is not what I'm seeking help for. I just want to know if this occurrance could have come from the pic on Lawnsite, or somewhere else.

    Thanks. Mike
  2. riches139

    riches139 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    When you clicked on the pic, it took you to a new address.That's where you picked up an infection. :realmad:

    Best to update your anti-virus program if you have one, and run a full scan.

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,035

    My anti spywear program catches something almost weekly. I do update that program a couple times a week to protect myself.
  4. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,931

    Yea this is a good alibi! YOu were slaving over the clothes dryer being a good lil hubby when all of a sudden Lawnsite ATTACKED you with a porn site and that how it got onto your putor.
    You might want to leave out the part where you were lusting after the beautiful calander girls when the incident happened and you were just killing time doing the laundry while the lucious babes loaded and leave out the part where you were just in your underwear...waite you could say your pants were in the dryer!
  5. mbricker

    mbricker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    That's my story and I'm sticking to it! Hahahahahahaha.

    P.s. I don't run the dryer to be a good hubby, but because my wife seems to think it isn't necessary to hang up my work shirts, and she lets them sit there getting all wrinkly. So there!
  6. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,908

    if you don't have them, get ad-aware, spybot, and spywareblaster and run 'em all. they're freeware and all can be found on download.com
  7. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,161

    Thanks for the tip, Hijackthis looks particularly promising.

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,035

    I am now convinced this is happening here on LS. Since my last post on this thread I haven't downloaded any e-mail attachments or opened any other files. I have only visited lawn site during the last two days. God that sounds pathetic!!! I really do have a life, really!!! Anyway my anti spywear program caught another 8 files this morning. So unless somone is back dooring my computer LS is the only way my computer is getting hit. I am running Webroots "spy sweeper" an I am planning on running a sweep every night to prevent this from being a problem. I do know that the spywear can really slow down your computer. That is how I first learned about these progams when my computer performance was affected.
  9. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,931

    I found some frequently asked questions about spyware Maybe you arleady had spyware on your puter and didnt realize it. I dont know if it can come in a copy of a pic got off another website and posted here. Ploucy would probably know that. I guess you could get it from links to other websites:

    4. Can you give me some more details on the types of spyware that exist?

    Spyware can be found in many forms, such as an application program, installation utility, ActiveX control, Browser Helper Object, "cookies", (Java)script, Java applet, the HTML code found on some web sites, or any combination of the above. In short, ANY form of executable code and/or user-to-host data exchange can potentially be used to implement "spyware" functionality

    Q. How does spyware get on my computer?

    A. There are several techniques. Sometimes they arrive as an automatic download from a website you are surfing. Typically this happens a lot on porn sites. Sometimes if you download a free or illegal piece of software, they are embedded in the installation process. Or spyware can get on your computer via an email attachment that you shouldn't have opened
  10. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,908

    flc, you might want to use some of the other programs i listed, as well as be sure your virus definitions are up to date. many times it has nothing to do with the sites you are hitting, but actually have a worm of sorts that looks for you to have an internet connection and then it has a field day. take a look at your windows task mgr (ctrl/alt/del) and be sure everything running is legit. lsasss and smsss are two (lsass and smss are legit) that can be a bit difficult to get rid of as much spyware roots itself all over your registry.

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