HELP! Post hijacks browser

sushipup1April 18, 2011

There's a thread on the Household Finance forum about GE Money Bank, about 40 posts to the thread. Someone posted to the thread recently, and the browser automatically goes to some bogus (I assume) search page. You have to back out, but now I am wondering if there is something embedded there that will come back to bite me. This is really the worst I've seem on GardenWeb in more than 12 years here.

So, should I be taking other action to protect my computer?

I think I am linking to the thread, but I can't seem to go there for more than a few seconds without being grabbed.

Try http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/finance/

instead of my link to be safe.

Here is a link that might be useful: hijacking thread

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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

I definitely would NOT use that link if you are on windows computer it does send you to a RED listed wot page it is a re-direct.
I do not know if it tries to install because I only tried it with my linux pc.

You might want to run a malwarebytes scan just to make sure it did not install anything.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (Win) - Detecting and Removing Malware

Some one needs to notify the powers that be on GW to quickly remove that thread.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 12:40PM
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sushipup1

I did notify The Powers this morning. They removed another similar thread last week, but I just noticed this one was embedded in an old thread.

Will run the Malwarebytes!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 12:46PM
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owbist

It does not appear to try installing. Simply a redirect it seems. Aggravating nonetheless.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 1:17PM
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jean001a

Where/how does one notify the Powers?
I thot I had the email address but am unable to locate it.

The Name the Animal Forum is filled with such posts
http://nature.gardenweb.com/forums/name/

And you're correct, this is the worst it's been in 12 years (14 for me)

Here is a link that might be useful: is this forum in trouble or not?

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 2:27PM
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don_1_2006

I think this entire site is in trouble. Every forum I visit at Gardenweb has spam and I haven't seen any attempt at removal. Maybe just change the name to spam-a-lot and be done with it. Spike was a knucklehead but he wouldn't have allowed this to go on.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 4:30PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

It is looking like to me there is some problem in the actual code that makes up the pages here and those issues are allowing some not so good stuff to be inserted, that can be very dangerous.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 5:02PM
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wizardnm

I emailed this link to Tamara just now. I know everyone is very security conscious. Including GW.

Nancy

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 7:04PM
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sushipup1

Jean, on the main page of each forum, at the bottom, there's a link called "Technical Problems". Click there. Be sure to include links to the thread in question, the name of the offending poster and a link to the poster's "My page".

I reported it this morning, and it's not been fixed. Perhaps people are on Easter/Passover vacation this week?

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 7:10PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana

Jean, on the main page of each forum, at the bottom, there's a link called "Technical Problems".
You can also use the Contact Us link found in the green banner at the bottom of every page and it will take you to the same form. As Sushi suggests, it is always best to include the links to troublesome threads in your email, and the member's name.

Perhaps people are on Easter/Passover vacation this week?
Surely there is someone at the wheel, don't you think?

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 10:02PM
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sushipup1

"Surely there is someone at the wheel, don't you think?"

I have no expectations along these lines....

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 11:52PM
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sushipup1

It's all cleaned up this morning, thank you, Tamara!

    Bookmark   April 19, 2011 at 10:17AM
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wizardnm

Yay! Tamara to the rescue, I've met her, she's a good gal and really does watch are backs.

Nancy

    Bookmark   April 19, 2011 at 10:38AM
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