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Drudge Pop Ups - Now More than spyware. Now downloading
Drudge ^ | December 31, 2004 | Pop Up Author

Posted on 12/31/2004 3:26:00 PM PST by BJungNan

My computer is set to advise me if a site I am going to is trying to download something onto my computer and gives me the option to download or cancel. I just went to Drudge's site and got a warning about an attempted download.

Drudge has been dumping at 3 to 7 spyware programs on my computer each time I visit - I've checked by clearing all spyware and then going to his site and checking again. That's bad enough. But, now to have direct downloads from from Drudge, that is not alright.

Likely it is from the same pop-ups and not specifically from Drudge's page, one of his advertisers. Some will say you a pop up blocker but those get in the way of the some of the functionality of sites I use on the net. I tolerate the pop-ups because it is less trouble to click them away than to turn on and off a pop-up stopper program.

The questions are these: Is Drudge being careful enough with the pop-ups he is facilitating through his site? Was there malicious code in the download that was attempted? Will Drudge address this? I have found no such instance on any other site I frequent except those in Asia that seem to love this practice.

One other question: Is anyone aware of any sort of malicious code that can be delivered through a site that wants to download to your computer just by visiting it?


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: computersecurity; drudgereport; microsoft; popups; spyware; windows
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1 posted on 12/31/2004 3:26:00 PM PST by BJungNan
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To: BJungNan

Mozilla, baby.


2 posted on 12/31/2004 3:27:36 PM PST by Rebelbase (Who is General Chat?)
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To: Rebelbase

What is Mozilla?


3 posted on 12/31/2004 3:28:05 PM PST by BJungNan (Did you call your congressmen to tell them to stop funding the ACLU? 202 224 3121)
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To: BJungNan

Yup, get Mozilla. You won't have such problems.


4 posted on 12/31/2004 3:28:34 PM PST by PilloryHillary
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To: BJungNan
Thanx for the heads-up!

I gave up on his site (besides, I didn't have to go see his re-hashed articles when I get them fresh from FreeRepublic ;'}

Cheers
5 posted on 12/31/2004 3:29:06 PM PST by rockrr (You're a foul one, Ms. Grinch!)
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To: BJungNan

only the best browser available
http://www.mozilla.org


6 posted on 12/31/2004 3:29:11 PM PST by FreeEnterprise2004
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To: BJungNan
Long ago I quit going to Drudge because of all the pop-ups.
7 posted on 12/31/2004 3:29:18 PM PST by RJL
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To: BJungNan

Are you sure it isn't just cookies being downloaded?


8 posted on 12/31/2004 3:29:32 PM PST by disclaimer
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To: BJungNan
He's a money maker thats for sure. I recently emailed Luciannedotcom about all the crap on her's

and she sent me a nasty note saying "download a pop up stopper or find another web site".

I felt violated.

9 posted on 12/31/2004 3:29:33 PM PST by DainBramage
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To: BJungNan

http://www.mozilla.org/


10 posted on 12/31/2004 3:29:44 PM PST by socal_parrot (Go Blue!!! Beat Texas!!!)
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To: BJungNan
Some will say you a pop up blocker but those get in the way of the some of the functionality of sites I use on the net.

Dude, those Drudge viruses have infected your grammar checker!

11 posted on 12/31/2004 3:29:53 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: FreeEnterprise2004

Going there now. Thanks!


12 posted on 12/31/2004 3:29:54 PM PST by BJungNan (Did you call your congressmen to tell them to stop funding the ACLU? 202 224 3121)
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To: BJungNan
What is Mozzilla?


13 posted on 12/31/2004 3:30:18 PM PST by Always Right
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To: BJungNan

Use fireworks.


14 posted on 12/31/2004 3:30:29 PM PST by bahblahbah
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To: BJungNan
yep, Mozilla Firefox....the best.
15 posted on 12/31/2004 3:30:32 PM PST by Ginifer
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To: BJungNan

http://www.mozilla.org/


16 posted on 12/31/2004 3:30:52 PM PST by zzen01
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To: bahblahbah

You mean firefox?


17 posted on 12/31/2004 3:31:12 PM PST by marvlus
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To: BJungNan

FireFox/Mozilla baby!!!


18 posted on 12/31/2004 3:31:21 PM PST by frog_jerk_2004
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To: DainBramage

She's still as charming as ever, I see.


19 posted on 12/31/2004 3:31:58 PM PST by Howlin
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To: BJungNan
Some will say you a pop up blocker but those get in the way of the some of the functionality of sites I use on the net. I tolerate the pop-ups because it is less trouble to click them away than to turn on and off a pop-up stopper program.

Most popup blockers allow you to specify in their preferences which sites you want to always allow to display popups; after configuring it once, you should rarely ever have to maually turn it on or off again.

If you are otherwise that intent on allowing popups to come through, then in all seriousness, you need to either get a Mac or install some flavor of Linux on your PC, because you are just asking for trouble when you allow popups to sail through unfiltered in Windows.

20 posted on 12/31/2004 3:32:05 PM PST by Dont Mention the War (W2: Coming January 20, 2005! Be There!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Dude, those Drudge viruses have infected your grammar checker!

That problem started long before we had computer viruses. I think the word you want to insert is "need".

Some will say you need a pop up blocker but those get in the way of the some of the functionality of sites I use on the net. I tolerate the pop-ups because it is less trouble to click them away than to turn on and off a pop-up stopper program.

21 posted on 12/31/2004 3:32:10 PM PST by BJungNan (Did you call your congressmen to tell them to stop funding the ACLU? 202 224 3121)
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To: BJungNan

Download it and use it. You'll be happier than Michael Moore at a fudge factory.


22 posted on 12/31/2004 3:32:24 PM PST by Rebelbase (Who is General Chat?)
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To: Rebelbase

Mozilla!
I second that!

If you must use IE - Cookiewall.


23 posted on 12/31/2004 3:32:49 PM PST by Dashing Dasher (Because I fly, I envy no (wo)man on earth. - Anon)
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To: BJungNan

Mozilla FireFox and no more problems


24 posted on 12/31/2004 3:33:07 PM PST by MJY1288 (John McCain, Chuck Hagel and Bill Kristol are the Weakest Link. BOYCOTT THEM!)
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To: BJungNan

There is only one best place on the Internet for breaking news... and you're there already!


25 posted on 12/31/2004 3:33:17 PM PST by Types_with_Fist (I'm on FReep so often that when I read an article at another site I scroll down for the comments.)
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To: DainBramage

Trixie still has a 'tude, I see....


26 posted on 12/31/2004 3:33:29 PM PST by clintonh8r (The 21st Century Crusade...This time, let's finish the job.)
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To: BJungNan

Mofozillafox, dude. the shizzle.


27 posted on 12/31/2004 3:33:37 PM PST by ovrtaxt (I find your inoffensiveness offensive.)
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To: RJL

google has a great pop up blocker


28 posted on 12/31/2004 3:33:44 PM PST by sabe@q.com
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To: Rebelbase
What happens to the IE browser if/when you download Mozilla?

Must IE be deactivated at any time?

Are any usual functions deactivated if Mozilla is loaded?

29 posted on 12/31/2004 3:33:56 PM PST by F16Fighter
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To: BJungNan
I had my PC rebuilt. Cost around $500, but you cannot buy the quality that I now have.
And all pop-ups are blocked.

I never went to Drudge until now.

30 posted on 12/31/2004 3:34:04 PM PST by mickie
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To: BJungNan
Look!  U.S. Government (US-CERT) warns web surfers: Stop using Microsoft Internet Explorer

U.S. Government Computer Emergency Readiness Team

Vulnerability Note VU#713878

Excerpt:

"Use a different web browser"

"There are a number of significant vulnerabilities in technologies relating to the IE domain/zone security model, local file system (Local Machine Zone) trust, the Dynamic HTML (DHTML) document object model (in particular, proprietary DHTML features), the HTML Help system, MIME type determination, the graphical user interface (GUI), and ActiveX. These technologies are implemented in operating system libraries that are used by IE and many other programs to provide web browser functionality. IE is integrated into Windows to such an extent that vulnerabilities in IE frequently provide an attacker significant access to the operating system.

It is possible to reduce exposure to these vulnerabilities by using a different web browser, especially when viewing untrusted HTML documents (e.g., web sites, HTML email messages). Such a decision may, however, reduce the functionality of sites that require IE-specific features such as proprietary DHTML, VBScript, and ActiveX. Note that using a different web browser will not remove IE from a Windows system, and other programs may invoke IE, the WebBrowser ActiveX control (WebOC), or the HTML rendering engine (MSHTML)."

For more PC security-related links, software, etc. see my FR homepage.

31 posted on 12/31/2004 3:34:49 PM PST by holymoly (Not much.)
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To: Types_with_Fist
There is only one best place on the Internet for breaking news... and you're there already!

It is where Drudge gets 90% of his content. And for that other 10%, I can wait the 3 or 4 seconds before the details are posted here. Shame on me for going to Drudge. You are right!

32 posted on 12/31/2004 3:34:54 PM PST by BJungNan (Did you call your congressmen to tell them to stop funding the ACLU? 202 224 3121)
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To: marvlus
Yeah I've been up too long now and got things mixed up. There's Macromedia Fireworks, Mozilla Firefox, and then that database Firebird.
33 posted on 12/31/2004 3:34:59 PM PST by bahblahbah
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To: BJungNan
And the beast shall be made legion. Its numbers shall be increased a thousand thousand fold. The din of a million keyboards like unto a great storm shall cover the earth, and the followers of Mammon shall tremble. from The Book of Mozilla, 3:31 (Red Letter Edition)
34 posted on 12/31/2004 3:35:34 PM PST by steveo (Member: Fathers Against Rude Television)
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To: Types_with_Fist

Yep. Got kicked of LDot a few months ago. Been happy as a clam here. Love your tagline, btw.


35 posted on 12/31/2004 3:35:37 PM PST by knittnmom
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To: BJungNan
Sorry that I can't remember who assembled the list, but here's some links to "safer" computing software than what come with Microsoft:

FREE PC PROTECTION:
(Not an exhaustive list. Your results may vary. Void where prohibited. For entertainment purposes only. No wagering, please. Whattayawantfernuthin'.)
(Thanks, but "Buy a Mac" doesn't qualify as "FREE PC protection")



36 posted on 12/31/2004 3:35:42 PM PST by rockrr (You're a foul one, Ms. Grinch!)
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To: BJungNan

I don't go near Drudge's site anymore. Gave up on it over two years ago and deleted it from my 'favorites'. The spyware and pop-ups and suspicious clicking noises from my computer were too much for me. Any scoop he comes up with ends up here on FR anyway.


38 posted on 12/31/2004 3:36:28 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: BJungNan

"I tolerate the pop-ups because it is less trouble to click them away than to turn on and off a pop-up stopper program."

Not so. I rarely have to turn off my blocker.


39 posted on 12/31/2004 3:36:40 PM PST by Max Combined
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To: rockrr

well drudge is off the list...


40 posted on 12/31/2004 3:36:42 PM PST by Flavius ("... we should reconnoitre assiduosly... " Vegetius)
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To: Howlin

Shes still charming

lol I had forgotten the sharp toungue and disregard for critique..

41 posted on 12/31/2004 3:36:58 PM PST by DainBramage
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To: F16Fighter
What happens to the IE browser if/when you download Mozilla?

Nothing.

Must IE be deactivated at any time?

No. (Not that you could.)

Are any usual functions deactivated if Mozilla is loaded?

Of course not.

There is no reason you can't have multiple browsers on your system. I have: Mozilla, Opera, Off By One and IE4 (installed by the OS, and which I never use).

42 posted on 12/31/2004 3:37:20 PM PST by holymoly (Not much.)
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To: holymoly

I love FR. You get so much help here. And if you are ever feeling lonely, just ask a question about computers. Ok, so a couple of people will ask you if you are logged in. And someone will be along eventually to say this has already been posted.


43 posted on 12/31/2004 3:37:30 PM PST by BJungNan (Did you call your congressmen to tell them to stop funding the ACLU? 202 224 3121)
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Thanks for the thread. I downloaded Firefox a few weeks ago and love it. I resisted for a very long time and finally figured if so many FReepers were switching over, there must be a good reason. On top of getting rid of Drudge's garbage, the tabbed browsing is wonderful. Consider me a convert.

Now, if someone would tell me why Dell ships their new computers running 49 processes in the background. This is ridiculous. Does anyone have that link handy for the website that has a long list of start-up applications you can safely turn off? Also, does anyone have a clue why my cursor keeps disappearing and then showing up in the corners of the screen?

44 posted on 12/31/2004 3:38:59 PM PST by Nita Nupress
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To: RJL
"Long ago I quit going to Drudge because of all the pop-ups."

Drudge has popups? (Mozilla user)
45 posted on 12/31/2004 3:39:04 PM PST by NJ_gent (Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.)
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To: BJungNan

Firefox is OK, but if you want something far more easier to use, http://flashpeak.com and download Slimbrowser for free. It fits over your IE browser. Blocks pop-up and is a hellavalot easier to use than Firefox


46 posted on 12/31/2004 3:39:42 PM PST by Bommer
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To: holymoly

Thanks for the guidance...


47 posted on 12/31/2004 3:39:55 PM PST by F16Fighter
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To: socal_parrot
I prefer Mozilla over Firefox.
48 posted on 12/31/2004 3:40:10 PM PST by NJ_gent (Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.)
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To: NJ_gent

New Year, New Browser, Thanks. fellow Jersey-ite


49 posted on 12/31/2004 3:40:13 PM PST by Afronaut (Press two for English.)
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To: mickie

"Cost around $500, but you cannot buy the quality that I now have."

Why can you buy the quality that you now have and I can't?


50 posted on 12/31/2004 3:41:08 PM PST by Max Combined
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