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WARNING - Intelligent Explorer Virus
12/7/03 | TC

Posted on 12/07/2003 7:20:55 PM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection

I sat dont at my station over an hour ago and responded to an Explorer upgrade option without thinking.

This ISN'T a normal option, it was simply a pop-up. Without thinking I responded to upgrade and downloaded a nightmare.

I have yet to break this.

It consists of an additional bar which creates a new home page, http://find.intelius.com with files I've deleted in addition to wwd.ieplugin[1] - and proceeds to iniate infinite pop-ups of EVERY type out of http://www.n-case.com.

ANYTHING internet related will be tattooed with the new bar. View - Toolbars - Intelligent Explorer" will eliminate the bar from your current page but each new one you bring up will require you to go through the process of removing it again.


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KEYWORDS: antivirus; computervirus; ie; intelligentexplorer; internetexplorer; lowqualitycrap; microsoft; newbar; popups; virus; windows
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1 posted on 12/07/2003 7:20:55 PM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
it wrecked my winsock registry keys and took 4 days to wipe out. stay away from that!
2 posted on 12/07/2003 7:22:56 PM PST by ImaGraftedBranch (Education starts in the home. Education stops in the public schools)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Does SpyBot work on it?
3 posted on 12/07/2003 7:26:06 PM PST by GummyIII (I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
responded ... without thinking

99.9% of the reasons people end up with problems such as virii, trojans, and spyware/advertising crap like you experienced.
4 posted on 12/07/2003 7:28:02 PM PST by visualops (Dean: "One revolver and a beer hall short of a good Putsch.")
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I also got something that changed my homepage.

When I go in and chage it back to FreeRepublic [what else?], my preferred download lasts only until the next time I load the browser when I am returned to this other homepage which is the new default.

Any suggestions?
5 posted on 12/07/2003 7:28:47 PM PST by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
You'll have to remove it in registry, but I would not attempt to tell you how to do that here.
6 posted on 12/07/2003 7:31:43 PM PST by Indie (We were warned. My people perish for lack of knowledge.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Get ahold of "Hijack This", which will examine all your registry entries and give you the option of removing anything that automatically.

The freeware program can be found (along with details) at http://www.tomcoyote.org/hjt/.

7 posted on 12/07/2003 7:34:56 PM PST by mhking
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
An excellent alternative to "Spybot" is "Ad-aware" -- a free version can be found at www.lavasoft.de
8 posted on 12/07/2003 7:34:57 PM PST by chilepepper (The map is not the territory -- Alfred Korzybski)
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FREE PC PROTECTION:
(Not an exhaustive list. Your results may vary. Void where prohibited. For entertainment purposes only. No wagering, please. Whattayawantfernuthin'.)

9 posted on 12/07/2003 7:37:38 PM PST by martin_fierro (Ohhh... ehhh... ┐Peeka Panish?)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Any suggestions?

Switch to Mozilla Firebird.

It is free, fast, pop-up free, virus resistant and simply better than all the rest.

10 posted on 12/07/2003 7:39:31 PM PST by Jeff Gordon (Why can't we all just get along and do things my way?)
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To: chilepepper
An excellent alternative to "Spybot" is "Ad-aware"

I use them both, in conjunction. Each will occasionally find something the other missed. And both are freeware.

11 posted on 12/07/2003 7:39:45 PM PST by witnesstothefall
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
When I go in and chage it back to FreeRepublic [what else?], my preferred download lasts only until the next time I load the browser when I am returned to this other homepage which is the new default

Same thing here. My home page goes to "about blank" whatever that is. Every time I reboot I have to change it back. Would appreciate a solution to this problem.

12 posted on 12/07/2003 7:41:49 PM PST by Holly_P
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Intelligent Explorer is spyware that has attached itself to your computer, you will need to download and install SPYBOT or similiar spyware removal software to get rid of it.

Check out This Link for instructions and info.

Hope this helps

13 posted on 12/07/2003 7:42:48 PM PST by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I've had the upgrade window pop up about 4 times in the last two days.
14 posted on 12/07/2003 7:44:10 PM PST by Vision
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

15 posted on 12/07/2003 7:45:27 PM PST by Petronski (Living life in a minor key.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Get your self AVG antivirus. As for that you will need to change registry settings. IE keeps track with two main things: Internet Temporary Files and cookies. Also, if you use XP, type msconfig and go to startup options. You will find more services running in the backround then you need.
16 posted on 12/07/2003 7:54:53 PM PST by matrix2225
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I was notified today of an update popup attempt but my FREE personal firewall from Sygate prompted me in advance so I responded "NO" to downloading. Thank goodness for that, because I checked the MS Critical Update site and there were no new ones.

Isn't it awful having to put so many locks on the creeps trying to break into our computers? I have RegCleaner, AntiVir, Sygate Personal Firewall, PopUp Stopper and Spybot.

My boyfriend keeps suggesting that I start using Opera instead of MS Internet Explorer as he uses a copy he downloaded free and thinks I'd like it. He told me he saw a John (F'n) Kerry anti-Bush ad at the top of the browser today so that did it for me. I'm not going to the Opera!

17 posted on 12/07/2003 7:56:41 PM PST by arasina (What will YOU do when Howard Dean or Hillary Clinton is president?)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
SpyBot and AdAwaire are what you need...
18 posted on 12/07/2003 8:04:40 PM PST by TheBattman (You can feel the sarcasm in the air-)
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To: martin_fierro
I really am computer illiterate(better now).Except for the browsers and Shoot the Messenger(don't "think" it works on W98)I've had those links all working together for a while now and really like them.

Installed them without help(took my time,couple of tries on a couple)and I learned more about the computer by following the easy instructions than I ever knew before.:)

Since I put them in the puter,I've got "so" much more confidence playing with this thing.

Big Thanks!!!

Now-how to type?;O)

19 posted on 12/07/2003 8:05:35 PM PST by Free Trapper (One with courage is often a majority)
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To: Free Trapper
book mark
20 posted on 12/07/2003 8:10:22 PM PST by righthand man
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To: chilepepper
I actually don't like Spybot, it just isn't too friendly to me, I'm gonna try ad-aware
21 posted on 12/07/2003 8:12:26 PM PST by pctech
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I've been using Mozilla for almost 2 years now, and it's AMAZING.

http://www.mozilla.org

22 posted on 12/07/2003 8:13:31 PM PST by ChadGore (No blood for ratings! This means YOU AOL-Time-Warner-Turner-CNN)
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To: righthand man
My popup ad killer (courtesy of Avant browser) is on 6 right now. Sometimes it gets as high as 50 or 60 if I am online and zipping around all day.

I wonder if this thing you clicked was a pop-up ad designed to look like an upgrade. In any event, thanks for the warning, I will be on the lookout in case it sneaks past me.
23 posted on 12/07/2003 8:16:54 PM PST by Ronin (Qui docet discit!)
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To: Petronski
On the Mozilla website it says there is a new browser called Mozilla Firebird. Is this better than Mozilla 1.5?
24 posted on 12/07/2003 8:17:36 PM PST by pctech
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To: martin_fierro
I bookmarked 3 or 4 threads over a period of time that you posted those links on.It gave me a simple way to find the links and have the other comments handy.

After those installations,I've even been able to help some others do a few things.My first "puter" class went fine.:)

Thanks again.

25 posted on 12/07/2003 8:22:18 PM PST by Free Trapper (One with courage is often a majority)
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To: pctech
Firebird is an attempt to be browser only, without e-mail. I have not tried it, but I have read (grain of salt) that it still plays 'feature catch-up' with Mozilla.

Seeing how Mozilla Mail is far more secure than Outlook Explorer, I'd advise you go with Mozilla.

26 posted on 12/07/2003 8:24:48 PM PST by Petronski (Living life in a minor key.)
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To: commish
Took me forever to stop locking-up and get out through RealOne.

I downloaded SpyBot and my situation is worse.

Thanks anyway for trying.

27 posted on 12/07/2003 8:37:37 PM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: Petronski; pctech
I have not tried it, but I have read (grain of salt) that it still plays 'feature catch-up' with Mozilla.

It's actually fairly complete, but it's a "technology preview", which is code for "stability and performance not guaranteed". So personally, I would also say stick with Mozilla for now as a primary browser, and play with Firebird on the side if you like.

But keep in mind the Mozilla suite is a dead-end. Eventually, the plan is to gradually merge the two together, such that the changes and features present in Mozilla 1.x are present and stable in Firebird. At some point during that process, Firebird 1.0 will exist, whereupon the Mozilla suite will be retired in favor of two standalone apps - Firebird, the browser, and "Thunderbird", the news/mail reader. The current timetable has that happening sometime next year, perhaps mid-2004. And in the meantime, you should see Firebird and the browser side of the Mozilla suite gradually converging. So if you're a Mozilla fan, Firebird is in your future eventually anyway...

28 posted on 12/07/2003 8:39:35 PM PST by general_re (Knife goes in, guts come out! That's what Osaka Food Concern is all about!)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
FYI My son tonight had about 30 emails from "Microsoft" that said urgent update. Microsoft does not send out these emails, delete them.
29 posted on 12/07/2003 8:41:17 PM PST by Yohan
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To: righthand man
Check my post above.

Those links helped me a lot and I just took my time and only put one or two a day on.That way I had time to get used to doing things without stressing if some little thing went wrong.

The threads I bookmarked might be hard to find in my other links and the links here should do it for anyone that wants to use them.

30 posted on 12/07/2003 8:43:10 PM PST by Free Trapper (One with courage is often a majority)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
bumping/saving this thread. Thanks.

31 posted on 12/07/2003 8:48:09 PM PST by Danette (Bush 2004)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Get and start using MailWasher Pro religiously!
32 posted on 12/07/2003 8:50:09 PM PST by Happy2BMe (2004 - Who WILL the TERRORISTS vote for? - - Not George W. Bush, THAT'S for sure!)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
check this help site out.

http://boards.cexx.org/viewforum.php?f=1

they helped me with the same problem.
33 posted on 12/07/2003 8:54:18 PM PST by orbitboy
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
WOW! That sucker just trit to get me when I tried to save the pic of Eminem flipping the bord on Drudge!!! This is not good!
34 posted on 12/07/2003 8:58:00 PM PST by EUPHORIC (Right? Left? Read Ecclesiastes 10:2 for a definition. The Bible knows all about it!)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I downloaded SpyBot and my situation is worse.




Not really sure why this would be the case? Did you download all new updates for Spybot? If you just downloaded the software and ran it straight from there it will not be able to detect all known spyware.

Launch Spybot click on search for updates, then click on download updates if and when any are found. Then run the scan again.

Hope this helps.
35 posted on 12/07/2003 9:00:45 PM PST by Mixer
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
find.intelius.com ?
Oh my god.
That's the company formed by Naveen Jain, former CEO of InfoSpace and a notorious scumbag. I'm not surprised if he stoops to this kind of promotional stunt.
36 posted on 12/07/2003 9:01:45 PM PST by blowfish
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Thanks for the post.
37 posted on 12/07/2003 9:03:10 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Petronski
In addition to the technical benefits, I should point out that somebody updated the old Netscape "American" theme for Mozilla, so using Mozilla is also much more patriotic than IE ;)

"American" theme downloadable here - Mozilla 1.5 and later only...

38 posted on 12/07/2003 9:03:15 PM PST by general_re (Knife goes in, guts come out! That's what Osaka Food Concern is all about!)
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To: arasina
I was notified today of an update popup attempt but my FREE personal firewall from Sygate prompted me in advance so I responded "NO" to downloading.

NEVER NEVER NEVER hit *NO* on those pop-up ads! Just because it says no means nothing. It can just as easily load a virus by clicking on *NO*

Use the Close Window " x " at the top-right of the window. If it REFUSES to close (you'll know it's intentions for sure then!) use ALT-CTRL-DEL and shut down the IE process. You may just have to reboot at times to get rid of it.

.
39 posted on 12/07/2003 9:05:53 PM PST by steplock (www.FOCUS.GOHOTSPRINGS.com)
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To: general_re
I just tried installing Firebird and it doesn't really "Install", it just downloads the files to use and you make your own icons. It seems to handle much like Mozilla and Netscape 7.1. I'm gonna download Mozilla and see how it runs. Netscape 7.1 is ok, and most websites work with it. The user interface though seems so "bland" for lack of better words and the there seem to be no skins designed for it yet.
40 posted on 12/07/2003 9:07:09 PM PST by pctech
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
have you tried ad ware? i accidently DLed hotbar and my life turned into pop up hell. i was told about ad ware and its been great.
41 posted on 12/07/2003 9:14:04 PM PST by suzyq5558 (news anchor's, national bozo's on view for all to gaze at with eye-popping disgust)
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To: martin_fierro

AdAware - I picked up viruses every time I did an AdAware scan.

ZoneAlarm - Too many crashes for me with the ZoneAlarm.

Just my personal experiences.
42 posted on 12/07/2003 9:24:50 PM PST by boycott
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To: pctech
I just tried installing Firebird and it doesn't really "Install", it just downloads the files to use and you make your own icons.

Yeah, Firebird is still pretty raw in a lot of ways, which is probably why there's no nice installer package yet. That's why I would say stick with Mozilla for the near future, for most people. But feel free to play with it if you get it up and running - the Firebird team can always use people reporting issues and bugs, if you feel like contributing a bit.

The user interface though seems so "bland" for lack of better words and the there seem to be no skins designed for it yet.

The Netscape Theme Park has been defunct for some time now, but there are skins for NS 7.0/7.1 - you can get them from the mozdev theme collection, which has themes for Mozilla, Netscape, and Firebird. Just make sure to check the compatibility before trying to install a theme - make sure that the theme you want is compatible with the browser and version you're running. Trying to install themes on browsers not listed as compatible is likely to A) cause problems, or; B) simply not work at all.

43 posted on 12/07/2003 9:28:44 PM PST by general_re (Knife goes in, guts come out! That's what Osaka Food Concern is all about!)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
If the pages it pops up are all on the same site, and a lot of people have the virus, it must be awful on their bandwidth.
44 posted on 12/07/2003 9:29:14 PM PST by Styria
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To: Mixer
Just ran the scan a second time and it I'm no better off. Still have the additional bar as well as the pop-ups. Everything I manually removed is still gone, I doubt if deleting IE6 would do me any good. My best be would be another browser which isn't IE based, but I lose all of my IE files.
45 posted on 12/07/2003 9:30:23 PM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
That is a startpage virus perhaps. Look it up on google or do a computer search for viruses with housecall when you ca.

It's a free virus search frm the net.
Often can remove the virus for you as well.
46 posted on 12/07/2003 9:33:15 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
There is something odd going on lately on several forums that I'm also a member of. We're getting a ton of very weird popups. Some are just annoying as heck (full screen needing Alt-F4 to close) and others do what is being described here. No one knows where they're coming from and it is becoming a serious pain.

The popups aren't being caused by spyware as it does it to me whether I've dual booted to Windows 2000 or Windows XP. I've run every known anti-spyware program and found nothing. Thankfully it hasn't FUBARed my computer yet but a lot of other people haven't been as lucky.

47 posted on 12/07/2003 9:36:14 PM PST by COEXERJ145
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To: Styria
I just realized whith this disease one cannot leave open sites on their computer over night... You will return with an infinite number of pop-ups.
48 posted on 12/07/2003 9:38:34 PM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: COEXERJ145
I picked up a free pop-up add blocker that works 100% for me so far. Haven't seen an ad in weeks.

Do a google search and you can get it if you wish.
49 posted on 12/07/2003 9:46:49 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Unfortunately, the system no longer considers it a virus. Because you gave permission, the system considers it an installed program. It won't turn up in a virus search anymore than Word would.

Since it is a program, have you tried looking in the installed programs to see if you can uninstall it?

I've seen some pretty tricky stuff done by these guys. I even had a popup which told me it needed to install a program and had no options but OK and even had the close dialog X box in the upper right hand corner greyed. I ctl-alt-deleted out of it.

50 posted on 12/07/2003 9:51:36 PM PST by Richard Kimball
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