Was this phishing?

  Beth 14:30 10 Dec 2006
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I spotted a link, on my homepage, to a forum discussion which looked interesting so I had a look. It was a first time visit.

When I came out, a window popped up telling me that my visits to pornographic websites were being monitored. I'm the only user of this PC and, since I'm not remotely interested in the grotty things, I know it has never been near a porno site. I clicked on the 'x' to close the window and up came another one with an offer of software to clean out the traces of these supposed visits. I clicked on the 'No' button but it seems that a scan was done and 642 suspect files were found. The offer of the software was still there. I tried to close it via the Task Manager without success. The security software popped up looking for advice and I got rid of it that way. All I was interested in was getting rid of the thing so I wasn't paying much attention to the details. The programme was called something like 'Disk Washer' (not Mail Washer) and the title bar had either Internet Explorer or Outlook Express. Is there any way I can find out if, when the supposed scan was being done, the programme was actually downloading? I've run a virus check, Adaware and Spybot and they have all come up clean.

  chocolate cake 14:39 10 Dec 2006

Try cleaning your temp IE folder. If you are using IE6 (from memory) it's tools/internet options delete cookies and delete files.

If you're using IE7 tools/internet options and select either delete all or any of the options that are listed.

If you have particular cookies that you want saved for passwords etc. try to memorise them before deleting cookies otherwise you may need reminders from those sites before you can access them again.

I have heard several people recommending CCleaner. i don't use it but if you do asearch on the site you will find a link.

  chocolate cake 14:43 10 Dec 2006

was this the tool that did the scan? click here

  postie24 14:48 10 Dec 2006

The link for ccleaner click here

  Beth 14:50 10 Dec 2006

Hi chocolate cake.

I cleared out the cookies and files at the time.

That looks like the window. I can't be sure but I remember the blue bands along the top. What do I look for in order to uninstall it if I have to?

  Beth 14:53 10 Dec 2006

Thanks postie24 but I'm trying to find out if the programme is there before I do anything else. Useful link, though.

  jarvis10@btinternet.com 15:04 10 Dec 2006

i would strongly advise using ccleaner asap as any uninvited scan is very suspect

  brundle 15:05 10 Dec 2006

Not phishing as such, but an attempt to alarm you into installing software that requires payment before it solves the `problems` it supposedly finds.
Try AVG Antispyware, very thorough. click here
And use Firefox instead of Internet Explorer, it is not vunerable to this kind of
`drive-by` installation or popup. click here

Firefox and Internet Explorer can be installed and ready to use at the same time, there will be no conflict.

  Beth 15:05 10 Dec 2006

adman 2

OK I'm prepared to do that but will it cause problems with any other security software I have on board? I also use Registry Cleaner.

  jarvis10@btinternet.com 15:08 10 Dec 2006

i use it everytime i come off the net its a perfectly safe program, you may have to reenter passwords for some of your sites though, ccleaner is the best freebie i know, good luck

  jarvis10@btinternet.com 15:18 10 Dec 2006

and do a full scan with your ad adware after

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