Click Here
home features news forums classifieds faqs links search
6068 members 
Amiga Q&A /  Free for All /  Emulation /  Gaming / (Latest Posts)



Lost Password?

Don't have an account yet?
Register now!

Your support is needed and is appreciated as is primarily dependent upon the support of its users.

Main sections
OS4 Zone
IRC Network
AmigaWorld Radio
Top Members
Amiga Dealers
About Us
Terms of Service

IRC Channel
Ports: 1024,5555, 6665-6669
SSL port: 6697
Channel: #Amigaworld
Channel Policy and Guidelines

Who's Online
41 crawler(s) on-line.
 19 guest(s) on-line.
 1 member(s) on-line.


You are an anonymous user.
Register Now!
 eliyahu:  5 secs ago
 Karlos:  16 mins ago
 AMIGASYSTEM:  51 mins ago
 Bosanac:  1 hr 4 mins ago
 pixie:  1 hr 23 mins ago
 RobertB:  1 hr 23 mins ago
 evilFrog:  1 hr 43 mins ago
 billt:  1 hr 51 mins ago
 Bifford:  1 hr 51 mins ago
 BigD:  1 hr 58 mins ago

Miscellaneous News   Miscellaneous News : Web hijacker snares victims
   posted by DaveyD on 31-Jan-2003 13:09:07 (1663 reads)
Thousands of people have been caught out by a sneaky Internet Explorer toolbar that hijacks their web browser.

The Xupiter toolbar changes a browser's home page, redirects searches to pre-selected sites, and automatically opens a back door into a computer to let in ads and games.

The toolbar exploits low security settings to invade and many people do not know it is installed until too late.

The program can be difficult to remove because it does such a good job of concealing itself.

Seek and destroy

Browsing the web is not without its dangers, especially because many unscrupulous marketing firms are happily exploiting the flexibility of Internet Explorer to foist their wares on unsuspecting net users.

Web users have found to their cost that if the browser security settings are low they become victims of "drive-by downloads" in which programs they never asked for automatically install themselves.

Privacy sites such as Doxdesk and Spyware Info provide helper programs that scan for the presence of these pernicious programs and give advice on how to remove them.

Software such as Ad-Aware and Spybot Search and Destroy will find and remove well known spyware programs.

The Xupiter toolbar has raised the hackles of many web users and privacy advocates for its brazen hijacking of web browsers and because it makes itself hard to remove.

Tricky to remove

Once installed Xupiter changes a browser's homepage, forwards searches to its own site, downloads other games, bombards people with pop-up ads and blocks attempts by users to re-assert control.

The program also aggressively checks to see that all its parts are intact, downloads missing parts and nags users to re-install the toolbar.

Removing Xupiter can be tricky. Many people have resorted to editing the registry of their computer which acts as a master list of the programs and settings on a Windows computer.

There are conflicting reports about the Xupiter uninstall program provided by its makers. Some have reported success using it, others said it did not work.

Many people were caught out by Xupiter when browsing webpages and others have said it was bundled in with the Grokster file sharing program.

Related Links
· More about Miscellaneous News
· News by DaveyD

Most read story about Miscellaneous News
DiscreetFX Partners Makes an Urgent Appeal to the Amiga Community

Last news about Miscellaneous News
Fabricating your own silicone chips!
Printer Friendly Page  Send this Story to a Friend

Re: Web hijacker snares victims
Posted on 2-Feb-2003 17:17:31
#1 ]
Cult Member
Joined: 12-Dec-2002
Posts: 848
From: England, United Kingdom

Good job we are all using our Amigas then!

Founder of NWAG - North West Amiga Group

Night Operations

A1200 020/28MHz + 64Mb / 4Gb CF / OS / 1438S
A500+ / 2Mb

 Status: Offline
Profile     Report this post  
Re: Web hijacker snares victims
Posted on 2-Feb-2003 17:46:04
#2 ]
Elite Member
Joined: 24-Dec-2002
Posts: 2630
From: Glasgow, UK

erm, yes?!!


 Status: Offline
Profile     Report this post  
[ home ][ about us ][ privacy ] [ forums ][ classifieds ] [ links ][ news archive ] [ link to us ][ user account ]
Copyright (C) 2000 - 2019 was originally founded by David Doyle