A malware pun

By mucklucks
Sep 1, 2006
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  1. I was hijacked a couple months ago by what turned out to be a pun. I haven't run into humor in malware before, so I thought I would pass it along for your information and possible pleasure.

    It started when I opened IE to do an update, but instead of seeing GOOGLE on the screen (my default browser Home) I saw what appeared to be a pop-up for SPY BOUNCER. Nothing I could do would escape that screen. Yes, I could write in a URL on the Address Line and go where I wanted, but whenever I opened IE again, there was that SPY BOUNCER tar baby.

    Of course I checked my IE's default Home Page, but it looked perfect, still that beastly ad popped up every time IE opened. I tried this and that (handstands and backflips) but nothing worked. So I went back to Firefox, my regular browser, and forgot about upgrades.

    But every few days I would try IE again, and there was the SPY BOUNCER ad filling the screen. It wasn't till recently that the light bulb went off and I got the "joke". My default page did _not_ read http://www.google.com. It read http://goggle.com/ (!) That change had been fooling my eye each time I'd looked at it. Natch, I simply corrected the spelling and thereafter all was cool. Cute hijack, eh?
  2. Peddant

    Peddant Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,644

    Unfortunately,that trick has been going since google started.

    Every variation of "google.com" will probably take you to a different dubious page.
  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    I agree with Peddant.

    We all need to be careful of type`o`s in the address bar.

    There`s thousands of dodgy website set up for the person who mispells something. Some of them are particularly malicious.

    Regards Howard :)
  4. mucklucks

    mucklucks Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 28

    Gotcha Peddant, gotcha Howard. Thanx for replies. But just to be clear, I did not mis-type anything. Some passing hitchhiker changed my default. What surprised me was that I was visually fooled each time I had checked my default setting. That's all.

    Oh, and I didn't know faux Google sites had been around since Columbus discovered the PC. Sorry for the ancient history lesson.

    Happy things,

    Mucklucks
  5. Peddant

    Peddant Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,644

    If you have problems in the future,this is the place to go HERE
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