[opendtv] Re: Tide Turning in Browser Wars?

  • From: "John Shutt" <shuttj@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2004 20:33:57 -0400

Tom is right.

The problem is a generic one in Internet Explorer that allows a web site to
download a "Browser Helper Object" that then can read anything you type in
IE before it gets encrypted, redirect all of your surfing traffic through
their servers, or anything else their fertile twisted minds can think up.

This specific vulnerability has NOT been addressed by Microsoft as of yet.
Rumor has it that XP service pack 2 will at least modify IE to display all
installed BHOs, but they will still automatically get stuck in your browser
if you surf to a malicious website.

Until then, I use BHOdemon to detect these critters, and Ad Aware to remove

Some of these BHOs are so nasty, the only way I have been able to get rid of
them is to use Win XP's system restore function to restore to a point prior
to visiting the infected website.

John Shutt
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Barry" <trbarry@xxxxxxxxxxx>

> I thought the problem was this attack (link below), which is not yet
> fixed in IE.  It can allow web sites to take over your machine,
> install trojans, etc.
> - Tom

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