On Thu, 17 Apr 2008 10:56:41 -0700, "Gary VanderMolen" <gary@xxxxxx> wrote:
>"N. Miller" <anonymous@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:164taci48zu3i.dlg@xxxxxx
>> On Thu, 17 Apr 2008 04:34:44 -0500, Ron Sommer wrote:
>>> I worked on a computer this week that had Task Manager grayed out.
>>> Several anti-spam, registry checking programs had installed themselves.
>> Malware can "install itself", if the user is lax. Otherwise, programs,
>> including malware, must be consciously installed by the user.
>There a new breed of malware that can install itself through Flash, simply
>by going to a web page:
Gary, can you conform that the link you posted is the place to get info on the parasite and not the place to get the
parasite itself -- I'm a bit paranoid at the moment
My guess is that's what it was - I use Flashblock so flash items are not auto displayed in FF.
The other day I struck a site, purportedly related to OOo, that had not much more than a a flash video, I clicked on
Flashblocks play and the video didn't do any thing sensible so I closed the window.
The site came high up, but below sponsored links, on an MS Live search for "openoffice ??????" but I can't remember what
the ????? was. Could have been Writer's Tools as I was trying to get it working about then, which it now is. At the
time I wondered whether MS might have "planted" the seemingly useless site in the search, but I actually don't believe
they would. I'd set my default to to Live search because Google decided I was a shopaholic, whereas I am in fact a
Someone else has posted a thread in m.p.w.xpbasics with Task Manager problem.
My IE is behaving badly, cant close tabs, and another program "Belarc Adviser" is causing the spurious Outlook Express
dialogue box - I am now 99.5% certain it's malware.
I wont post anymore here as it is clearly not a WLM issue.