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    How to know when you're being hijacked?

    I left my computer on last night and when I came in to use it this morning the install program for FrontPage 2002 was trying to run. It had stopped at the point where the install disk needed to be inserted. Is this an indication that someone was trying to hijack my computer?

    I have XP Pro on a cable modem, with router. Norton antivirus/worm is running along with Windows firewall. I have Frontpage 2002 SP 3.

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    Re: How to know when you're being hijacked?

    It is not common for viruses to want to install FrontPage, surely! Has there been a recent update, perhaps?

    Hijacking usually refers to the changing of the browser's home page.

    Have you considered scanning your PC for viruses and the like? A 15-month-old thread is mostly still relevant (Ken, how about an update, if you have nothing better to do?!).

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    Re: How to know when you're being hijacked?

    Here's a guess: If you allow Automatic Updates to install without your prior approval, it is conceivable that an Office update was downloaded along with the Windows updates. These often ask for the CD. However, if that were the case, I would expect to hear of more cases, unless it's a new feature...

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    Re: How to know when you're being hijacked?

    I have a hard time believing that anyone who has gained access to your system would fire up Frontpage (or its installer). More likely, the Windows Installer, which is interminably flakey, kicked in as a result of something else - perhaps Jefferson's suggestion.

    I've been leaving Internet-connected computers on for years with proper protection in place, and never had a worry that someone would start installing software that used Windows Installer. It doesn't fit the facts.

    You may never know what happened for sure... so unless it becomes a recurring experience, I would chalk it up to silicon-induced strangeness. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: How to know when you're being hijacked?

    I'm inclined to agree with the last post by WyllyWylly. I've run Adaware and MS spyware along with all the others that were suggested and nothing comes up. Funny though - when I started up Spyguard, the FP 2002 installer popped up again! Sigh. I popped in the FP install disk and now all is right with the world. Perhaps this is MS's way of keeping all their software users "honest." A couple of years after you install the software it asks you for the disk and continues to annoy you and until you give in.

    Thanks to all of you for all the help in pointing me to the right place to work on this problem. OK. Now, back to work on what I really have to do!!!

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    Re: How to know when you're being hijacked?

    <hr>Perhaps this is MS's way of keeping all their software users "honest."<hr>
    Nah, that's what Windows Genuine Advantage and product activation are for. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> Seriously, though, you might find the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility useful for such events as this one. It comes with some caveats but it works well.
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