Monday, October 02, 2006

Spyware invasion

DevilsRule.com offers a link to my thoughts on the Vladimir Malakhov deal from last night, but they package with it an ominous warning:
Mirtle.blogspot.com
Devils swap dead weight for Korolyuk Beware, they ask you to download something to gain access to the article but if you close it a few times then it shuts down.
Is this happening for anyone else? And who are 'they'?

9 Comments:

At 10:32 AM, October 02, 2006, Anonymous Paul said...

No problem fo me, using latest version of Firefox.

 
At 10:41 AM, October 02, 2006, Blogger Sherry said...

It happened to me when I was using IE a couple of times. It's listed as some sort of Flash-like program. If the pop-up doesn't show up sometimes the page becomes unclickable, but if it does and you just close it then it's fine.

Again, doesn't show up with latest version of Firefox though.

 
At 10:44 AM, October 02, 2006, Anonymous pete said...

I didn't know that you didn't know about this.


The program I get all the time (every time on IE but occasionally even on Firrefox) is something called "Seekmo"

You click close and it goes away, but it comes up probably 50% of the time when I load the page. It's been happening for months.

I figured it was some inncuous Java thing you had installed.

It's annoying, but I cancel the program out of instinct now so I don't notice it.

 
At 10:50 AM, October 02, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Well, that's got to be a real traffic boon.

Okay techie friends, how do I get rid of this nonsense?

 
At 10:59 AM, October 02, 2006, Anonymous alice said...

I have Flashblocker installed in Firefox, and it never blocks anything here.

I also have Adblock, and, among the elements it could block, the only suspicious ones to me are the Sitecounter and Technorati links. Google and Blogger are, in base, pretty low-tech, so I'd suspect your add-ons.

 
At 10:59 AM, October 02, 2006, Blogger PJ Swenson said...

That happened once for me. There was a recent vunerability for Internet Explorer where just by visiting a website you could have downloaded spyware.

IE released a patch. Not sure why it would pop up while visiting your site though.

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/

 
At 11:51 AM, October 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seekmo is a nasty little piece of spyware. Making sure you are fully updated on Windows, plus a good pop-up blocker, should be all the defence you need. Hopefully by now, people realize that anything like this that pops up on your screen is an invitation to disaster.

 
At 2:40 PM, October 02, 2006, Blogger jesse robbins said...

It's times like this that I'm glad I do my hockey blog reading on a Mac.

 
At 7:53 PM, October 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i use IE, check your site daily, and have never seen this popup.

 

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