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ian.rogers
12th May 2007, 02:40 PM
Hi all,

i use my fedora to do all the usual stuff, multimedia, internet, work and some little projects of mine.

Todat when browsing the website digg.com and clicking on one of the stories:
http://www.collegehumor.com/article:1730017

i suddenly get my window resized and a pop up message like the below:
http://img2.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/44ecea3810.gif

You have to know that i got this before about a week ago, i dont use the web often but i do like checking out news on digg. So i thought i'd go ahead and remove my firefox installation and delete the profile in my home directory. got rid of all inside ".mozilla" folder.

So then i went to digg again and thought i'd go on another link there, this is what i got:
http://img2.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/5c6b1278c4.gif

Does anyone have this problem? It seems like i'm having a bit of a deja vu here!

I look forward to hearing from you techies, thank you.

pete_1967
12th May 2007, 04:09 PM
Nothing installed on your computer. That's just JavaScript spam.

John the train
12th May 2007, 04:21 PM
AKA Scareware.

ian.rogers
12th May 2007, 04:28 PM
thank you for replying, i cannot see how those sites i visited let people put scripts like those as advertising on their site and not loose visitors.

wdgiles
12th May 2007, 04:31 PM
Check out noscript, it's a firefox plugin that will prevent just such a problem. It allows you to selectively disable scripts for each site by domain name. I've found it most useful when combined with adblock and the filterset updater. http://noscript.net

joe.pelayo
12th May 2007, 05:17 PM
Hi all,

i use my fedora to do all the usual stuff, multimedia, internet, work and some little projects of mine.

Todat when browsing the website digg.com and clicking on one of the stories:
http://www.collegehumor.com/article:1730017

i suddenly get my window resized and a pop up message like the below:
http://img2.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/44ecea3810.gif

You have to know that i got this before about a week ago, i dont use the web often but i do like checking out news on digg. So i thought i'd go ahead and remove my firefox installation and delete the profile in my home directory. got rid of all inside ".mozilla" folder.

So then i went to digg again and thought i'd go on another link there, this is what i got:
http://img2.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/5c6b1278c4.gif

Does anyone have this problem? It seems like i'm having a bit of a deja vu here!

I look forward to hearing from you techies, thank you.
As already said, that is 'online spam'. Even though you were to get those programs you would not be able to benefit from them, at least in Linux because they only work in Windows.
Joe.

Firewing1
12th May 2007, 05:38 PM
Spyware on my linux computer... Is impossible! :D For the time being at least.
Firewing1

AlphOmega
12th May 2007, 09:29 PM
You think those spammers would write the script to check its not a mac or linux machine as it just makes them look even more stupid

robatino
12th May 2007, 11:41 PM
You think those spammers would write the script to check its not a mac or linux machine as it just makes them look even more stupid
They don't care what mac or linux users think, since it's extremely unlikely that any of them would buy this software anyway. They're accustomed to knowing that most of the software they use is safe since its source is available, and that there's a good chance that any proprietary executable that claims to protect you in fact does the exact opposite.