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    Troubleshooting Bri's PC

    Sigh, where have I painted you with a big brush Wazoo? I was told by the moderator that only a member of the moderators group or a member could be trusted (in a private message). I have never even mentioned your name, Wazoo, on a public forum as an untrusted person. I am assuming a "member" such as I can not be trusted, since it seemed the moderator meant someone with"member" displayed in a dark blue graphic. I am sorry, but where am I missing something here? I would happily explain any misunderstandings. I have also clicked on "moderators" and only see Jeff's name listed which leads me to understand only he is a part of the moderators group. Again, any misconceptions on my part could be easily rectified.
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    Troubleshooting Bri's PC

    Outside of the lists that tend to block everybody, most of "your" listing appear to be due to your IPaddress falling within dynamic IP allocation space .. no big deal You're in an area where the only people I know aren't the techie types, so can't help you there. On the other hand, try this piece of software http://www.spychecker.com/program/hijackthis.html .... there's a small catch in that the way it was originally set-up, you'd run it, copy the output, and post it on a board un by the author and other folks, they'd run through it and tell you exactly what was there that shouldn't be, stuff recommended to get rid of, etc. ... Right now, that community resource now comes up as being "For Sale" , all data having been passed to the FBI, but I'm suspecting that he's just another average Joe that won't be able to substantiate enough of a business loss (software and advice was free) to get the FBI to actually get involved ... ?? ... he's been DDoS'd out of existence for the present .. the software is available in dozens of places, but not sure where to send you for the output read other than e-mailing it, and it appears your trust factor isn't that high now. There's over a half-dozen sites under this current DDoS action, and they've all been scrambling to put up mirrors elswhere in order to keep fighting the good fight, but I haven't been keeping close track of all the jumping around these last couple of weeks.
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    Troubleshooting Bri's PC

    oh, and I have no clue what Jeff said about my IP address being listed in th 12 of 258 lists tested but I suspected a long time ago I had been set up for something which is why I have been studying what the ramifications may be. It was only recently I learned that spammers may use an individuals computer for this purpose, and it is thanks to you all I did learn it. Is there anyone on this forum that could put me in live contact with someone that can fix this. Thanks to Jeff, you all know where I am .
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    Troubleshooting Bri's PC

    can't speak for JeffG, but all I recall was that he was describing a normal login pop-up that was seen at your attempted entrance to members.spamcop.net ... though mentioning that it differed little from the same type of pop-up you'd see anywhere else that required the use of an account name/password combo to gain entrance.
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    Troubleshooting Bri's PC

    <<<You say "buffer attacks" .. What Steve said was "buffer overflow" (exploits) .. you'll find documentation of this type of thing on most of the links I earlier provided. A firewall hs nothing to do with a "buffer overflow" situation. The XP firewall is just barely better than nothing at all.>>> I am definately a little confused on the buffer thing but this is something Norton stopped one night and it is what is confusing me. I can find something similar on the net identified (cant remember where now) but it was not this exact wording. I am just curious how common this type of thing is, I guess "a computer with the IP address 127.0.0.1 sent information of the HTTP_Active_Perl_Overflow attack." <<<After running a search on a search engine and clicking on a link provided by the search engine a browser window attempts to open but the firewall (norton) stops it, what are the possible causes? just a hint would be helpful :-). Marketing folks are the root cause of popup ads. Norton's firewalls (which one and version are you using?) can block popup ads. >>>> Yes, marketing ads are irritating. But it is not marketing sites that I have found the odd things on. I found a good example of my question yesterday by accident. I have 2 spam emails (spam being stretched well beyond the marketing meaning) which are about two months old or so. I decided to parse them here just for curiousity but first I forwarded them as an in-line attachment just so I could look at them. Neither one of them have an attachment. Both of them caused Norton respond and idiot that I am I only wrote down this so I am not sure what the problem was now. "219.129.20.208:808 using port 3154 location China" It shows in my log book where "This one time, user has chosen to block communication". I am just curious also why an individuals personal website can also cause Norton to respond (although it has been a long while since I have been to those sites and do not remember the what the security alert was about. <<<I feel strange, you wanted me to be more specific, but ask Steve for "hints" ... >>> I need at least hints when I am nearly clueless so I can at least get a good starting point on the answer. If I have a little better grounding on the subject I need more specifics so I can rule out the various things that can happen on the net and why they happen. ;-), that is why I call it a personal study, it goes beyond just a couple off-the-cuff questions. And thank so all of you, not only to those who have responded but also to the services of Spamcop. The parser thingy alone it a lot of fun to play with :-).
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    Troubleshooting Bri's PC

    <<< ..Not sure about the CTRL-ALT-DELETE thingy. I would presume that a virus program running on your PC could intercept the CTRL-ALT-DELETE transmission and use it for its own purpose (such as deleting files or wiping a hard disc) but I thought Microsoft wrote Windows so that could not happen. Still, I suppose a virus could do something to some internal Windows component that would defeat whatever precautions Microsoft took ... I would guess using a buffer overflow or insecure privileged usercode or something along those lines. >>> ahhh yes, that would accomplish it considering the firewall would stop the buffer attack if installed. How successful is the standard firewall that resides in the XP operating system in stopping a buffer attack? <<<My question would be can something like this be written into a webpage?...Sure! It could be on the web page as a file with any extension that you have associated with Word (.dot, .doc, .rtf, .wri, etc). There might be some scripting around it that would cause it to be executed without your having to take any action other than to open the web page (or e-mail).>>> bingo 3, thank you After running a search on a search engine and clicking on a link provided by the search engine a browser window attempts to open but the firewall (norton) stops it, what are the possible causes? just a hint would be helpful :-). <<<QUOTE (Bri [at] Feb 26 2004, 09:48 PM) Thank you Turet, ...It's Steve (not Turet). See my sig. >>> thank you steve, I am not a common visitor to forums and used the abbreviation common to my on-line "world", no insults intended.
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    Troubleshooting Bri's PC

    Thank you Turet, I have read of this one and others at the same site. But all indications that I have found state that it is received through email. My question would be can something like this be written into a webpage? I am also aware that email transferred crud can delete files on a hard drive, the latest variation of MyDoom being a prime example. I remember reading of one in particular (that I cannot remember) that will delete a hard drive immediately if CTRL_ALT_DELETE is hit. Again the question would be the same, can something be written into a webpage that would accomplish the same thing? Knowing that windows and all its flaws can cause some strange things to happen, how common is it for doing a CTRL_ALT_DELETE because of a system freeze results in a hard-drive wipe?
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    Troubleshooting Bri's PC

    <<<Lots and lots of details, and some a lot more specific than you probably wanted. >>> yes, I am fairly certain I am familiar with some of these sites and certainly with the things that caught my eye first. I certainly will visit a couple couple again in the travels I am sure :-). Thanks for the links, I will add them to the list.
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    Troubleshooting Bri's PC

    yes, ok, for arguments sake that is what is happening. Is there a place on the web that I can access real info regarding any issue that looks like this or can mimic other things like an exploit or a virus that uses a word program.
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    Troubleshooting Bri's PC

    Wazoo, that was all great info but I just have a tiny problem still, I need a place to start that can be a little more specific than you are being at the moment. A bad extension worm/trojan/exploit whatever has ever caused a word program triggered worm/virus/exploit whatever for any reason from mass emailings to individual persons would be quite helpful. I know that covers a whole lot of territory, all I wish is one little clue to anything with a known reason. It does not have to be a widely known reason, just a little known trivia fact would be great :-) .
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    Troubleshooting Bri's PC

    <<<So in your specific example of "clicked on something and Word started", we'd have to know your list of file type/extensions that you've got connected to use Word as their handling application. Like a .TXT file would normally be defaulted to use Notepad, but you may have changed your system to use Word on .TXT files. "We" can't tell from here what connections you've made within your system. >>> At this point I am taking any educated guess that it is not a good connection with my Word program and I am sure glad I am fire-walled to my meager ability. Which I am guessing would save the majority of "idiot" fire-walled (updated) folks considering the things associated with that link. But then, other "fun" things are being planned along the road so who knows what may pop up next. I know how to recognize the obvious applets, is there a way to place one in a not so obvious way? And what are the potential consequences if so? I dont need them all :-), just need a place to start
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    Troubleshooting Bri's PC

    <<<...Essentially, double-clicking any file that has an extension which is associated with an application will generally open that application. >>> yes, thanks, I was aware of this.
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    Troubleshooting Bri's PC

    <<<so do the war stories<g>>>> From this neighborhood all thanks goes to current and past serviceman who have and will defend our country honorably every day <<<my word program to open without my starting it but I guess I will go for the .DOC thing for the moment There are other file extensions / reasons for it, that one was just the most obvious. >>> Any clues on other reasons? Or is this a trade secret :-)
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