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Two Questions About That Horrible Junkware...The Computer's Worst Enemy


Okay, so in the past couple years, I have killed three laptops, and so I don't deserve another one. Now I'm right back where I started, sharing a computer with two other people. And it's a wonder they even allow me to place my rear in the chair, or my fingers on the keyboard!!! Because I have become known to have a rough hand on electronic devices. It's like I'm the dreaded curse to computers or something. Okay, so I don't really believe in all that supersticious curse stuff, but I admit it's pretty obvious that computers just don't like me. Well, that's beside the point.

So, long story short, when the desktop computer was infected three times, suddenly I'm the lead suspect in the detective case! Of course I would be, right? I've done it before, so what's to prevent me from being the culprit again?

I recently signed up for the music site Jango.com, or at least I thought it was just a music site. So I'm skipping tracks on Jango, and all of a sudden I get this message saying "Do you want to allow this website to open a program on your computer?" It came out of nowhere! And I swear I hit the Cancel button, darn it!!!! Then Microsoft Security Essentials comes up, and my screen reader is telling me what the buttons are, but it's not saying what the problem is, so what the heck can I do about it? So I get off the computer, my mom looks and sees the security thing. It's a trojan! And the next day I'm never allowed on Jango again! So I haven't been on that site in at least two days, and I'd just signed up for it! And I was liking it too!!!

Now here are my questions: 1) Is it known for sure that Jango.com does or does not contain any malware, spyware, adware or viruses? I never asked her if the message said it came directly from that site. At the time I didn't want to ask anything at all, because we'd just been into one of those really tense mother-daughter arguments. And can it be proven to have come from that site? Also, I was suspected of causing this third attack because it happened on my computer account. Can I be the absolute proven guilty party? She said I had put something on the computer. Darn it, I did not download any crap on the computer, not conciously or intentionally!!!! I know that much...or at least I think I do. I don't usually use this language on Runboard, but I'm just so mad about this!!!!

And btw I always delete my browsing history. I started doing that a couple months ago; whenever I'm done, I always delete the history at the very end. I'm the only one who uses IE on this computer, but it's still a good idea.



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Re: Two Questions About That Horrible Junkware...The Computer's Worst Enemy


Hi cfm, emoticon

I had never heard of Jango, so I looked it up and found this on their "about us" page:


You can also tune in to other people's stations - and they can tune in to yours!



This sounds like a peer-to-peer thing, which always seem to have a high potential for spreading viruses. Every time you open a file from another user, it can be as risky as opening an email with an attachment, from someone you've never heard of.

That's not to say it was definitely you. I'm so careful about these things, I hadn't gotten a virus in years, but I got one two or three months ago, right after I visited a site that I and many others have been using for many years without any problems. I waited a few days before visiting that site again, in case that's where I got it, but I've gone back many times after that. If I did get it from that site, it could be that the site was hacked, or it could have been one of their ads, but the point is that it could happen to anyone, no matter how careful they are.

I would definitely stay away from all peer-to-peer stuff, though, if that's what Jango is.

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Re: Two Questions About That Horrible Junkware...The Computer's Worst Enemy


Just searched "Jango and Virus" and got this:

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The same site pops up in a lot of places on the internet. I have received it on different computers with different operation systems and browsers at different locations. It is relatively new.

I was at jango.com and the same pop up was coming onto my screen, saying it found viruses and is scanning my system. I emailed the jango web team about it. They investigated and found it to be a rogue advertiser that somehow is able to break into legitamate websites and implant its own advertising scheme. It was actually exploited through a link on the jango website where the actual code was not on the website, but executed through the link without clicking on it.

So far, it is more of an annoyance. When these types of pop ups appear, click the Red X to close its window, not the OK, Cancel, Yes, or No buttons as they mostly do the same thing in alot of cases. They are just links into the attack program to open up or execute on your computer (secretly, too).



So if that ever happens again....click the RED X not the OK or CANCEL. emoticon

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Yahoo Answers often has some pretty bad answers, but your summary is good advice, Queeny. emoticon


It was actually exploited through a link on the jango website where the actual code was not on the website, but executed through the link without clicking on it.


That's not quite how it works, and I'm guessing the Yahoo answerer misunderstood the Jango tech. Jango serves up random ads through an iframe. In this iframe is a whole new web page, which is owned by the advertiser, not by Jango. The malicious code would be in this whole new web page that's owned by the advertiser, not in a simple link on Jango's site.

At any rate, clicking the red X to close unwanted popups, instead of "Cancel," is good advice. Thanks, Queeny. emoticon

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Yeah, I know Yahoo answers pretty much has some horrible stuff there....it's people like me answering questions! emoticon

But the red X is what I always do...seems safer to me.

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Actually, it looks like the red X advice might be a myth after all. I just created a test page with the code from this page, and both "Cancel" and the red X did the same thing.

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