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Posted: 10/26/2002 6:59:22 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/31/2002 3:12:26 PM EDT by M4_Aiming_at_U]
Ok am here at work, I work at a college. Since I have plenty of time on my hands, I am usually here on the internet. While looking lyrics for a band (A pretty PC band) I got a pop up offering free porn! Now keep in mind I was NOWHERE looking for this on my work PC and for some reason the firewall didnt seem to pick it up. Do you think anyone will be able to find out? How can they just pop that crap up on your PC without any notice, especially if you not looking for it?
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 7:08:55 AM EDT
Go to internet options and press the button that deletes temporary internet files. You can also go to My computer, click on C: select tools and do the disk cleanup, this will empty internet files and temp files. This should get rid of the actual image. You may also want to delete all of the cookies but that is probably not necessary. I do not know how your network is set up but this should get rid of the pic. I would not worry about it. If it becomes an issue just show them how it happened. If the downloading of music is not allowed then I don't know what to say. Another thing to get would be adaware and run it to see if there is anything maliiscous on your machine, www.lavasoft.de.
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 7:09:11 AM EDT
I should correct mt first post, Im not even sure we have a firewall.
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 7:28:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/26/2002 7:31:13 AM EDT by M4_Aiming_at_U]
Originally Posted By roptics: Go to internet options and press the button that deletes temporary internet files. You can also go to My computer, click on C: select tools and do the disk cleanup, this will empty internet files and temp files. This should get rid of the actual image. You may also want to delete all of the cookies but that is probably not necessary. I do not know how your network is set up but this should get rid of the pic. I would not worry about it. If it becomes an issue just show them how it happened. If the downloading of music is not allowed then I don't know what to say. Another thing to get would be adaware and run it to see if there is anything maliiscous on your machine, www.lavasoft.de.
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Thanks, I did all of that just now. But isn't there some computer tech geek that gets a message anytime something like this shows up, even if it were a pop up that was unwanted?
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 7:34:02 AM EDT
Forget about it. And install a pop-up killer. Normally I would recommend a program called just that (i.e. Pop-up Killer) but the developer lost interest in the project and doesn't support it anymore. It's pretty good though.
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 7:39:51 AM EDT
If you had a logon, then if they check, they can always see where you have been. The logs in the firewall (if you have them) or the router know everything. [:)] If there is a generic login, who is to know who saw that popup. I wouldn't worry about it. Things like that happen on the Internet.
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 7:45:27 AM EDT
You need to do two things. First you need to forward me any porn that you may have. Next you can get a program like EasTec Eraser that will clean up anything that you want cleaned on your computer. Yes it will even erase itself.
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 7:48:07 AM EDT
They can't really say much for a pop up. Now if you were actively searching for porn, then you are busted.
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 7:53:20 AM EDT
Originally Posted By 7: If you had a logon, then if they check.
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Yes, I do have a logon. I know other people are pretty understanding about this sort of thing, but my boss has a PHD and is soooo damn computer illiterate! He needs help making a shortcut to MS Word on his desktop its so bad. I just know he's not going to understand what I'm telling him about pop up adds and stuff like that. Damn I'm worried! I don't think I should lose my job over this. After all I didn't even try to look for this shit!
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 8:36:27 AM EDT
As someone who sits on the otherside of the tech bench I'm telling you not to sweat it. If asked just tell them it was a popup that you got while looking up something. Many porn sites have used misspellings of common bands, web sites, etc in order to increase their traffic flow.
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 8:48:59 AM EDT
"normally" the network people would be able to tell if you were surfing the site, rather than getting the pop-up. I would just ignore the record of popup as long as they didn't spend 10 minutes in the porn site surfing.
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 8:58:21 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/26/2002 9:01:07 AM EDT by s0ulzer0]
Need a box to clean out your cubicle? You gun loving, porno viewing nazi! [:D] I wouldn't worry about it. You may want to check your hdd to see if they keep a Temp Internet file on a swap partition. Delete all that crap too and when you logon in the morning, turn off all your file sharing and bring up Task Mgr to see what processes are running, check for "spy progs". Edit: Also, surf the web thru an online anonymity website like annonimizer.com
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 9:00:16 AM EDT
M4, Are you at a public university? I'm a computer science major at a public university here in NC, and I know/am friends with a lot of the lab techs on campus. Here, I am told, it is absolutely fine to look at ANYTHING you want on the web, as long as it is not illegal. The techs thought this was a big deal, and they asked specifically about porn and other questionable material. They were told, again, that as long as it was illegal, forbidding someone to visit a particular site on campus could be violating their rights... May be the same where you are, although there might be a stigma attached... Hope this helps.
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 11:42:35 AM EDT
Originally Posted By H357SIGK: M4, Are you at a public university? I'm a computer science major at a public university here in NC, and I know/am friends with a lot of the lab techs on campus. Here, I am told, it is absolutely fine to look at ANYTHING you want on the web, as long as it is not illegal. The techs thought this was a big deal, and they asked specifically about porn and other questionable material. They were told, again, that as long as it was illegal, forbidding someone to visit a particular site on campus could be violating their rights... May be the same where you are, although there might be a stigma attached... Hope this helps.
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That may be true for students, but they might have an entirely different policy for employees. That said, I wouldn't worry about a pop up. Just don't go checking out the porn site.
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 5:21:20 PM EDT
I would say also don't sweat it as when any hit on reputable web site lets their site lapse even for one minute,some porn site is there Jonnie on the spot to reregister it with a new porn site! So lots of little old ladies log on the say Martha's Pie's old site,and wham are hit with full blown porno! Bob [:D]
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 6:43:59 PM EDT
Don't worry about this, please. Only begin to worry if you have been actively surfing for porn and spend hours doing it. That would be stealing time. No worries.
Link Posted: 10/27/2002 1:26:44 PM EDT
Don't worry about it. If there is a firewall, if logging is activated, if someone actually looks at the logs, they can tell if it is a popup.
Link Posted: 10/27/2002 1:52:46 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/27/2002 2:46:16 PM EDT
Too bad you don't work for my employer. About a year ago, we had our DNS and Proxy servers get hacked (musta been an inside job). These particular servers were used for very "select" internal customers, and at random times it would direct users to a very "special" porn site. Nothing like getting a few hundred calls from users worrying if they are going to get fired for something that wasn't their fault. I especially liked talking to the old ladies who got misdirected to that site. You would have thought they were gonna die.
Link Posted: 10/31/2002 3:12:12 PM EDT
[b][blue] Well, almost a week has gone by and not a peep about the incident. Thanks to all of you who tried to keep my nerves calm. I thought for sure they were going to turn this into something it wasn’t! Thanks again![/blue][/b] [beer]
Link Posted: 10/31/2002 3:20:34 PM EDT
M4, dude, I worked at a University Police Dept and a couple of our officers got in BIG trouble for intentionally looking that crap up using the university servers and accounts. They can and will be able to see everything that you have looked up, intentionally or not. Whiping out the temp stuff on your PC does NOT effect the servers. You need to file a complaint with the server techs and the computer people about this stuff getting to you on a pop-up. Make a stink about how offended you were that this made it through. Make them put the pop-up killer software on it. If you try to let this just fade away and someone with a jones for you finds it they'll think that you were ok with it since you didn't complain. Whether or not it's a problem depends on your university's policy and your access agreement. Oh, the guys that got in trouble. The stuff they had looked up came up in an annual systems lookover, it was almost a year since they had done it. Do not wait and hope it will go away.
Link Posted: 10/31/2002 3:26:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/31/2002 3:27:58 PM EDT by cmoth]
Needed to add: When you talk with the techies, one of the things they should check for is gator. It's a pretty prevelent software leech that imbeds itself and sends out information about what sites have been visited on the copmuters. Not necessarily yours, it could be a server problem. Also, my wife was serfing around some of her boards, she reads and writes X-Files fic and a pop-up in german pops up. It asks if you want to install something. Pressing no automatically starts the download process and BAM, you start getting porn adds. The name of the file that I found using a dated file search was called virusek.exe. It was pretty hard to delete from our computer. I had to go into MSDos mode and delete it from the Systems start up directory. I had to unlock some dusty dos command strings that I hadn't used in years. happy hunting.
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