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Old 2nd July 2007, 08:26 AM
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Malware

Hi, I am running F7. Last night I opened a firefox page on a site that I visit regularily on my M$ machine (I am building the Linux machine to replace the M$ machine)

Although it displayed the correct web page, a message in the bottom left hand corner of the Firefox page told me that it was transferring data to a 4.ad something or other (I have the address but its at home, and i am writing this from work). On the right bottom corner was a progress bar.

I tried to stop this by closing the firefox window, however this didnt make any difference as i could still hear the drive activity. I dont know enough about F7 yet to know how to stop the process so I closed down the system.

I may be wrong, but this has never happened under M$ despite visiting the site regularily. I think the reason for this is the AV, Firewall and Mal/spy ware protection i have enabled and configured.

I downloaded AVG and installed that, however this wasnt a virus but more likely adware or spyware. I have to admit to disabling SElinux because the install guide (how to) i used, told me to.

Can anyone point me in the right direction for protecting my machine from this kind of activity. A search of the web and this forum just brings confusing information.

Rgds

Phree
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