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Adverts do whatnow? Nov. 22nd, 2002 08:11 am
When I went to one of my sites this morning it looked like:


How the hell the ad got there, I don't know.

From: feanelwa
Date: November 22nd, 2002 - 04:17 am (Link)
Well shoot it, quick, it's got your password written in.
From: wechsler
Date: November 22nd, 2002 - 04:23 am (Link)
Well, it's got ******** written in.

That's not *actually* my password ;)

(although you had me worried for a sec there)
From: babysimon
Date: November 22nd, 2002 - 07:50 am (Link)
Assuming your site didn't get hacked, are you using a windows box to view it? Run ad-aware recently?
From: wechsler
Date: November 22nd, 2002 - 08:27 am (Link)
Site code all looks clean (both by 'view source' and checking the files), nothing's been modified since it should have.

I'm using moz1.2b on WinXP.

What's ad-aware?
From: babysimon
Date: November 22nd, 2002 - 09:16 am (Link)
"Ad-aware is a free multi spyware removal utility that scans your memory, registry and hard drives for known spyware and scumware components and lets you remove them safely. It is updated frequently."

Some shareware and free-as-in-beerware for Windows installs interesting advertising trojans to the user's PC. I would be surprised if any of them targeted Mozilla though. I consider ad-aware to be as essential as Textpad and Winzip on a Windows PC - particularly one that's gone a long time since a clean rebuild / had other people installing software.