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    Misteriously Appearing Shortcut? (IE5.5)

    I have a friend who one day noticed an internet shortcut on his desktop that he didn't put there. Is it possible for some web page to do this?
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    Re: Misteriously Appearing Shortcut? (IE5.5)

    Yes. What is the shortcut?

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    Re: Misteriously Appearing Shortcut? (IE5.5)

    He didn't say exactly but it was to non desirable web site that his girl friend didn't appreciate.
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    Re: Misteriously Appearing Shortcut? (IE5.5)

    Tell him to quite visiting those sites and it will NOT be done loaded <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/bash.gif border=0 alt=bash width=35 height=39>, also he MUST click OK in most cases, so he knows he his downloading some thing.

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    Re: Misteriously Appearing Shortcut? (IE5.5)

    Well, I would say he wouldn't necessarily know that that would be the result of he clicking yes to allow some script to run. I've always found it an annoyance that although you get asked by IE if you want to allow a script or plug-in to run, it doesn't actually tell you what it is. It could be loading a .pdf, running a Flash intro or adding shortcuts to your Start Menu or Desktop as above.

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    Re: Misteriously Appearing Shortcut? (IE5.5)

    The question I'm asking is can something be downloaded to your machine simply by visiting a site. Obviously if you get a download dialog where your asked where to put the downloaded file and you have to click YES your going to get a file downloaded. The impression I'd gotten from my friend is that he didn't do that but this shortcut appeared, unnoticed (by him) anyway. Is it possible for a web site to download something to the desktop (or somewhere other than a temp location) using java, cgi, xml or some other related programming language.

    p.s. My friend manages an embedded software group and writes VB, C and assembler for several micros. I'm a hardware designer that also does a lot of unix based cad work. I also do considerable ad hock computer support for dos, 95, 98, ME, NT, 2K, XP and Mac. We may not be the world foremost experts on internet ware but we're not neophytes either.

    Thanks for any info you can give us.
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    Re: Misteriously Appearing Shortcut? (IE5.5)

    I think it is possible for a site to download something, without asking permission.
    I know for a fact this happens...I was on one of my many 'journeys' looking for smilies...went to a German site that had smilies, apparently some of the popups decided to install a 'dialer for porn' on my system...even though my popup stopper and my mouse were fast, but not fast enough! Anyway, after getting my smilies, I returned home, did the cleaning of cookies/history,etc...ran my jv16 tools - found that dialer for porn listed - removed it...then ran my Ad-aware...which found it also listed...let Ad-aware remove it from there also...then I did a manual 'find/search' for that piece of crap...didn't find anymore....BUT, when I looked at my desktop...I saw the desktop icon for that thing...immediately deleted that sucker...did a defrag and scandisk and my machine was healed !
    So, yes, it can be done...

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    Re: Misteriously Appearing Shortcut? (IE5.5)

    This is not good, If this is so then all someone needs to do is write an autoexec.bat file with any operation they want from format c: to mail your outlook.pst and drop it in the C: root. It's way too simple.
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    Re: Misteriously Appearing Shortcut? (IE5.5)

    I guess...I'm not versed as to writing that stuff... *data flies over my head <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>*...but I would imagine that anyone well-versed in writing stuff can do whatever they want to whomever is unfortunate to be an innocent by-stander! <IMG SRC=http://users.adelphia.net/~nanalonnie/images/Gifs/All/jail.gif> to those that do things like that!

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    Re: Misteriously Appearing Shortcut? (IE5.5)

    Far less than that, I'm afraid... This is where Nimda comes in, one of the more nasty sides to this bug is that one doesn't even have to download or provide permission on anything, the darn thing just does what it does, all by itself, simply by visiting an infected site.

    I think the only reason they havn't gone this far is that they must have a device within which the virus can perpetuate itself. Your machine does just that. If a virus were to be instated that ran a relatively simple command to wipe out Sectors 0 or 1 on your hard disk, your system would be (for the most part) irrepairably fried. But, being fried, you wouldn't be able to perpetuate the virus through your address book, because your system is fried.

    Personally, I'm rather suprised that that code writers haven't become more devious in their adventures... Perhaps there's a comradery of sorts, and a basic understanding that a whole lot of people would be extremely ticked off if their systems were suddenly fried by a simple batch file, and the price on their heads would be enourmous... I would think there's a line in the sand... but these days, it's hard to tell. <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>
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