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Posted on 07/10/2010 1:25:14 PM PDT by conservativeharleyguy

A tiny swastika appears on my "URL window" when I'm on Freerepublic.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Focus Software; Free Republic Policy/Q&A; Miscellaneous
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OK, I don't get what's happening here. I use IE-8, and it always appends these insipid little cartoon-like icons both on my "Favorites" list and inside the URL window at the top of the IE-8 window. Usually they are sort of relative to the website/webpage I'm "visiting" at the time (i.e. a tiny ebay logo, or Google has a little "g" logo, or the maddening craigslist peace symbol). I don't really like it, but since I can't find a way to disable that "feature", I've learned to live with it.

But now, there's a little red swastika inside a yellow circle with what sort of look like crosshairs when I visit Freerepublic.

Can someone please explain this to me, and perhaps tell me how to disable the stupid cartoon icon function overall? It's driving me nuts.

Thanks!!!

1 posted on 07/10/2010 1:25:19 PM PDT by conservativeharleyguy
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To: conservativeharleyguy

Weird, I have a little red, white and blue star icon. I’m too computer illiterate to help you though.


2 posted on 07/10/2010 1:27:23 PM PDT by Valpal1 ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.")
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To: conservativeharleyguy

RWB star shows on mine.

What service provider are you using?


3 posted on 07/10/2010 1:29:53 PM PDT by Let's Roll (Stop paying ACORN to destroy America! Cut off their federal funding!)
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To: conservativeharleyguy

Clear your cache and restart explorer.


4 posted on 07/10/2010 1:30:37 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: conservativeharleyguy
Red, white and blue star on mine too. The star may not be centered, but it sure is a star.

Nam Vet

5 posted on 07/10/2010 1:32:23 PM PDT by Nam Vet (Are you better off than you were 4 trillion dollars ago?)
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To: conservativeharleyguy

Screensot or it didn’t happen.


6 posted on 07/10/2010 1:32:35 PM PDT by El Sordo (The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.)
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To: conservativeharleyguy

Sounds to me like you’ve got some sort of politically-motivated malware, created to substitute swastikas for the favicon (the name for the little graphic websites can create to appear beside the URL window) on conservative websites.

Unless, that is, you’ve visited a site with the swastika favicon, in which case it might simply be a glitch. For some reason I have FreeRepublic’s favicon attached to one (and only one) webpage on my university’s server I frequently use, while the rest show the university’s favicon.


7 posted on 07/10/2010 1:33:26 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: El Sordo

Agreed.......


8 posted on 07/10/2010 1:33:51 PM PDT by cranked
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To: conservativeharleyguy

Agreed. Screenshot it and post the pic.
I get the star, but have been using Firefox.


9 posted on 07/10/2010 1:36:17 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: conservativeharleyguy

It’s a DHS classification Icon?


10 posted on 07/10/2010 1:36:27 PM PDT by J Edgar
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To: conservativeharleyguy

Bump for later review..


11 posted on 07/10/2010 1:38:17 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: conservativeharleyguy
It's nothing you can change (not without hacking it, apparently), but for your edification:

In the header section of the source HTML there's a pointer to a "shortcut icon" that the webdeveloper points to a small picture that he wants displayed next to the tab, or in the address bar, or in the shortcuts.

One of the other posters pointed out that you should be able to clear your cache, and have it fix it. He's likely right... although Firefox has always seemed a little flaky as to when it refreshes that icon.

12 posted on 07/10/2010 1:38:34 PM PDT by Egon (The difference between Theory and Practice: In Theory, there is no difference.)
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To: conservativeharleyguy

I see their little white star icon. It sounds like you may have gone to a site that also put an icon in your computer that had the same name and over-rode the FR icon your browser uses.


13 posted on 07/10/2010 1:42:08 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Egon
"although Firefox has always seemed a little flaky as to when it refreshes that icon."

Yep, especially the version just before 3.6.6. This used to happen to me all the time - not with swastikas, but with the damned "Politco" favicon. That thing would show up on all kinds of other sites. The only way to fix it - sometimes - was to delete the "infected" cookie. It's only happened once since upgrading to 3.6.6., and clearing the cache works to fix it.

14 posted on 07/10/2010 1:43:51 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: conservativeharleyguy

I have IE8 and I have shifting icons all the time with all of the sites I visit. Right now when I have FR up there’s a hockey logo. Every now and then the star comes back. I think it’s just another one of Bill Gates’ many product flaws.


15 posted on 07/10/2010 1:44:39 PM PDT by hometoroost (McCain is a Ron and Nancy Republican: Campaigns like Reagan, governs like Pelosi)
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To: conservativeharleyguy

living here on such a strange planet i don’t even question such minor happenings as that....


16 posted on 07/10/2010 1:47:04 PM PDT by gunnyg (Surrounded By The Enemy Within--~ Our "Novembers" Are Behind Us...If Ya Can Grok That!)
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To: conservativeharleyguy
Pulled up FR on Firefox, IE and Google Chrome.

All RWB star icons.

17 posted on 07/10/2010 1:49:24 PM PDT by Popman (Obama Presidential Timber: Worm Eaten Balsa Wood)
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To: Valpal1

I got the star as well


18 posted on 07/10/2010 1:50:04 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: conservativeharleyguy

Red, Cracker, and Blue on mine!


19 posted on 07/10/2010 1:50:33 PM PDT by feedback doctor (revolution, baby)
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To: conservativeharleyguy

I get the red, white and blue star logo.


20 posted on 07/10/2010 1:53:06 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: conservativeharleyguy

I see in the headers:

http://www.freerepublic.com/l/favicon.ico

Can you check the header content you are getting in IE 8?


21 posted on 07/10/2010 1:53:37 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: conservativeharleyguy

Pics? Screenshot? Or you know the rule....


22 posted on 07/10/2010 1:55:06 PM PDT by RachelFaith (2010 is going to be a 100 seat Tsunami - Unless the GOP Senate ruins it all...)
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To: gunnyg

Thats a really good point. ;)


23 posted on 07/10/2010 1:55:27 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: conservativeharleyguy

I had a peace symbol, until I clicked to post, then it turned to a white star with red and blue, which is usually what I have when on FR.


24 posted on 07/10/2010 1:57:24 PM PDT by mockingbyrd (Remember in November.)
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To: Egon; conservativeharleyguy

In Firefox, it is possible to turn off the display of this icon in the address bar, at least. Not sure about the bookmark list, and I have no idea if that’s possible in IE.

I suspect hacker involvement with the swastika icon appearing in place of the normal FR star icon, it may be something that was picked up from a moonbat site (since they hate FR).

Actually, I like having those little icons in the bookmark list, it makes it easier to find the ones I want.


25 posted on 07/10/2010 1:57:35 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (For the first time in half a century, there is no former KKK member in the US Senate.)
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To: El Sordo
Mine changed last night and now looks like a little gold picture frame, like the National Geographic logo. Here's the "screensot."

"Photobucket

26 posted on 07/10/2010 2:06:27 PM PDT by ItsForTheChildren
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To: conservativeharleyguy

I have the star, running Opera.


27 posted on 07/10/2010 2:11:18 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: conservativeharleyguy

The best way to keep junk like this from recurring is to protect yourself.

Now, if you are using IE, you are kinda screwed.
You can get CCLEANER and have it clean up your temporary files. It will also clean up your registry. It works for both FIREFOX and IE.

Just go here to download CCLEANER. It’s free. http://download.cnet.com/ccleaner/?tag=mncol

If you use FIREFOX, there are many addons that help.
GHOSTERY
TACO
BETTER PRIVACY
NOSCRIPT

PLUS with FIREFOX you can have FOXTAB (which puts all your tabs into a display with multiple options (I like the multi screen one) and COOLIRIS, which lets you views any type of IMAGES, ANYWHERE (on your hard drive, on google) and even searching for games, or videos. It puts the images in front of you like a wall of paintings that you can ‘sail’ past, forwards or backwards, zoom in/out, and has a PLAY mode where is will act as a SCREEN SAVER by displaying all images selected, full size, and with special effects if you choose, and the ‘count’ of images is only limited by how many are found in the ‘search’ (like in google. This could be millions of photos)


28 posted on 07/10/2010 2:11:41 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: hometoroost; conservativeharleyguy

“I have IE8 and I have shifting icons all the time with all of the sites I visit. Right now when I have FR up there’s a hockey logo.”

Yep...I had that problem with earlier versions, for a little while, but uninstalled and reinstaled latest version and its gone now...just a glich.


29 posted on 07/10/2010 2:13:11 PM PDT by jessduntno (A-Stan: "illiterate peasants in caves, ruled by "warlords" ... not a target for "nation building.")
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To: mnehring

I have the same logo. Sounds like a hijacking.


30 posted on 07/10/2010 2:34:00 PM PDT by wiggen (Government owned slave.)
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To: ItsForTheChildren

Innerestin’.

And my typo is now preserved for posterity.

I’ve always had the white star on a red n’ blue background. Never seen FR do anything else.


31 posted on 07/10/2010 2:35:18 PM PDT by El Sordo (The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.)
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To: El Sordo; Constitution Day; Tax-chick; Tijeras_Slim
Screensot or it didn’t happen.

There. Happy now.

32 posted on 07/10/2010 2:43:05 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: conservativeharleyguy

>>> I use IE-8

Problem solved.


33 posted on 07/10/2010 2:45:46 PM PDT by Skared2deth
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To: martin_fierro

Who you callin’ a screensot? I’ve given up drinking in order to achieve sveltefulness for my vacation in September.


34 posted on 07/10/2010 2:46:51 PM PDT by Tax-chick (We made a proactive decision to postpone the originally scheduled nightlife activities.)
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To: feedback doctor

There are no good crackers or dey babies


35 posted on 07/10/2010 3:05:55 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: conservativeharleyguy

IE8 is crap, use Mozilla or Chrome. IE has never handled favicons properly and it’s just a crap browser.


36 posted on 07/10/2010 3:12:56 PM PDT by Weird Tolkienish Figure
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To: Valpal1
Weird, I have a little red, white and blue star icon.

Hey, mine too. I'll not be doing the upgrade(?) to IE 8 anytime soon.

37 posted on 07/10/2010 3:13:39 PM PDT by JimRed (To water the Tree of Liberty is to excise a cancer before it kills us. TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: conservativeharleyguy

Post a screenshot of your browsing history, that may help figure out where it came from. :->


38 posted on 07/10/2010 3:31:13 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: All
Thanks folks. Just cleared the cache, and it went away. Back to normal (RWB star logo). Duh...

I was just concerned that FR was tagged as a "Nazi hate site" by my carrier (Verizon).

BTW, to the “IE sucks” techno-bigots, very helpful, super constructive. Don't know if I'd have ever resolved such a minor glitch without the information that Microsoft sucks, it's all Bill Gates’ fault, and a shareware browser is the only way to go. Silly ‘lil me. Ummm, I don't have firefox or mozilla, so “tech support” for them is sort of... irrelevant - like telling a stranded motorist that if he only had bought a car with fuel injection, he wouldn't have a vapor-locked carburetor in the middle of the desert. Not really germane to the problem at hand. But thanks anyway...

39 posted on 07/10/2010 3:51:53 PM PDT by conservativeharleyguy (Democrats: Over 60 million fooled daily!)
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To: martin_fierro

Ha!

+1 Win.


40 posted on 07/10/2010 3:59:28 PM PDT by El Sordo (The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.)
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To: conservativeharleyguy

You are reading Mein Kampf and just need to close the window.


41 posted on 07/10/2010 4:28:23 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: mnehring

LOL


42 posted on 07/10/2010 4:31:36 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: JimRed

I actually downloaded Google Chrome today because IE was giving me too many fits. It was stopping Adobe updates, crashing constantly and generally slow loading any and everything.

Taking a bit to get used to and I hate change, but I hate incompetence even more. Must be why Obama is giving me the heebie jeebies.


43 posted on 07/10/2010 4:52:30 PM PDT by Valpal1 ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.")
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To: conservativeharleyguy
Not really germane to the problem at hand.

Wow, a Harley rider using the word "germane." There is no telling what you can see on FreeRepublic.

;>)

44 posted on 07/10/2010 4:56:28 PM PDT by rmh47 (Go Kats! - Got Seven? [NRA Life Member])
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To: rmh47

Yesterday, I couldn’t even spell vokabullary, and now I got one...


45 posted on 07/10/2010 5:07:57 PM PDT by conservativeharleyguy (Democrats: Over 60 million fooled daily!)
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To: conservativeharleyguy

Are you logged in?


46 posted on 07/10/2010 5:10:35 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Communism has arrived in Washington)
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To: conservativeharleyguy
Not really germane to the problem at hand

Shouldn't that be 'german'? :)

47 posted on 07/10/2010 5:11:12 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (No apologies.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
"...Shouldn't that be 'german'? :)..."

Only if the vapor-locked car in question is an old Opel...

48 posted on 07/10/2010 5:19:06 PM PDT by conservativeharleyguy (Democrats: Over 60 million fooled daily!)
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To: bmwcyle

Yeah, I got it figured out. Thanks.


49 posted on 07/10/2010 5:20:17 PM PDT by conservativeharleyguy (Democrats: Over 60 million fooled daily!)
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To: rmh47

Some military units would require the person who uttered or used the word “Germane”, Germaine, or germain, even when refering to one of the untalented Jacksons, to by a round for the bar and tip the pole dancer $20. Unless of course he was riding a Harley look alike and hanging out at Starbucks


50 posted on 07/10/2010 7:49:02 PM PDT by libertyhoundusnr
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