kidder-mister 19:38 18 Dec 2003

Recently on my work PC there appeared, strung along the task bar, multiple copies of IE with a web address of WWW xlime.offeroptimiser.com. This ate up most of the CPU and gradually filled up the available virtual memory. Having Spybot on the system did no good at all, and I was only able to get rid of it with the aid of AD-Aware which was downloaded with great difficulty with odd 1% of CPU left by the offending object. Has anyone else experienced this? I would be interested to hear your stories.

  Gemma 20:14 18 Dec 2003

Google found one reference at xanga dot com. Did not want to register for the site but the offeroptimiser was talked about in the Google cached page. From there to click here (not porn!) which is full of in-your-face anti spam, anti ad, anti bad guy stuff and very interesting.

  kidder-mister 22:55 18 Dec 2003

Thanks for your return. I had a quick look at the site myself but I was at work so I had little time. I will look again in a bit more depth. The reason I posted was that, apart from myself and a few people on another forum, no-one I know has been affected or even heard of xlime. I wondered just how widespread it was. It beats me why the t****rs feel the need to do such stuff. Ah well mustn't moan.

  leo49 23:00 18 Dec 2003
  kidder-mister 23:15 18 Dec 2003

This was one of the sites I looked at after I got rid of my problem. The strange thing is that I had SpyBot S+D running and it didn't detect xlime, and the software that solved my problem was the very software that guy had running when he got attacked. On the Lavasoft site they do say you must be up to date and run version 6.181.

  leo49 23:20 18 Dec 2003

That's PCs for you - contrary beasts.

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