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    Browser Allowing Software Installs... (IE6)

    I must have ticked the wrong setting somewhere...

    Just lately, my browser is allowing software to be installed on my PC when I do nothing more than visit a webpage. In particular, it's happening when I visit "lyrics" sites. I'm not even presented with a warning or an approval message.

    I just visit the site (several different sites) and the downloading begins: BargainBuddy, DownloadWare, SCBar, NetworkEssentials, 180Solutions, IncrediFind, BroadcastPC, ImiServer IEPlugIn, NetPal, and many more. New folders are created, the My Favorites list has hundreds of new links added, StartUp Registry entries are made, scores of dll files are added.... All without my approval and behind the scenes.

    I'm having to use Spybot and AdAware to clean things up and it takes several reboots to rid the system of this complete hijack attempt. A few days ago, I had to go in SafeMode to delete some entries from the registry.

    Other than the obvious " Stay away from those sites ", how should I go about preventing this? If these sites can make this happen, any site could...

    Suspect Sites include: lyricsdepot.com, lyrics007.com, lyricsdomain.com, and others...

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    Re: Browser Allowing Software Installs... (IE6)

    Hi Ricky:
    Under Tools/Internet Options/Security/Internet Zone/Custom, make sure that scripts & Active X controls require a prompt. Of course, disable the unsigned & unsafe ones.
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    Re: Browser Allowing Software Installs... (IE6)

    Hi Ricky

    A small program I use to control this problem is Startup Monitor (a link here).
    Also, I believe Spybot S&D also warns of install attempts but I can't find the setting for it. Maybe someone else can confirm this.

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    Re: Browser Allowing Software Installs... (IE6)

    Ken

    It's the TeaTimer option. Only run it if you have a newish box, since it takes about 5% of the CPU on my 133 MHz NT4 box!

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    Re: Browser Allowing Software Installs... (IE6)

    Thanks John
    I do have TeaTimer installed but I didn't realize it was responsible for this function.

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    Re: Browser Allowing Software Installs... (IE6)

    Hi John:
    I don't have Tea Timer installed, but I know Spybot gave me a warning about something being downloaded. I happened a couple of times, but I don't recall if it was warning me of a file, an Active X, or what. I seem to recall that I didn't even have Spybot loaded at the time. I wonder if there's another setting for it also. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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    Re: Browser Allowing Software Installs... (IE6)

    Hi Phil

    Would it possibly be the "Immunize" ("bad download blocker") feature?

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    Re: Browser Allowing Software Installs... (IE6)

    <hr>Other than the obvious " Stay away from those sites ", how should I go about preventing this<hr>
    Pssssst....best solution around.... <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Seriously, IE allows a lot of this crap to happen by its very design. ActiveX was one of the worst technologies Microsoft could have ever included in the browser.
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    Re: Browser Allowing Software Installs... (IE6)

    Yup, agreed......

    Some malware piggybacks on otherwise legitimate software. Both Spybot S&D and Startup Monitor should issue an alert when such malware tries to install....even with your "best solution"

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    Re: Browser Allowing Software Installs... (IE6)

    That must be it, Ken. I can't think of anything else that would do it. Actually, I accidentally "immunized" because I pressed the button wanting to see what would happen. <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30> I thought there would be another dialog box where you could pick & choose what to immunize against.

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    Re: Browser Allowing Software Installs... (IE6)

    Do you have all the IE and Windows security patches installed? There was an exploit recently that installed spyware using the ADODB Stream object. The exploiters found a way to spread it to numerous otherwise legitimate web sites. I have no idea whether this is related. (And I'm using Firefox so no point in visiting.)

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    Re: Browser Allowing Software Installs... (IE6)

    Thanks Phil. I have ticked the three choices that you noted in the diagram. Oddly enough, each of them were set to 'Enable' and I don't recall making changes . I'll keep an eye on it to make sure it sticks.

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    Re: Browser Allowing Software Installs... (IE6)

    Thanks Ken - I just downloaded and installed both Startup Control Panel and Startup Monitor . Both seem like useful and unobtrusive utilities. Still, I'm hoping that the simple change of settings within IE will prevent the installation of this garbage software in the future.

    The more I think about it, the madder I get. It should be a crime for these companies to install software on anyone's PC who doesn't specifically request it. It's like someone stopping by and painting your car in the middle of the night, jeez!

    Is there anyone in the world that would welcome these blind-sided installations and find them useful? Or are the programs only useful to the companies who sneak them on to our machines.

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    Re: Browser Allowing Software Installs... (IE6)

    FWIW, I notice that each time I install updates, I have to check to see if they've changed my options. Som times they do & sometimes they don't.

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    Re: Browser Allowing Software Installs... (IE6)

    Hey Mark - I'm certainly not opposed to trying Firefox. Is it possible to "test-drive" it without eliminating IE or does it have to be one or the other? And I know this question is probably more suited for another thread, but what would be some of the reasons not to use Firefox?

    I would guess that most websites were designed and constructed for the audience of IE users... Would this mean that many sites would not look right, feel right, etc. while using Firefox?
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