Google toolbar opens virus-infected pages

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by minacross, Jul 17, 2008.

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  1. minacross

    minacross Registered Member

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    I installed Google toolbar for IE. every time I try to use IE avast fires a virus alert..
    I uninstalled the toolbar and browsing is now just fine Grin
    Shame on Google.. :mad: :mad:
     

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  2. lodore

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    thats one of the reasons i done use search toolbars. in opera ive already got a search box anyway.
    its like when i was updating google earth the other day, i had to untick the install google two or three times.
     
  3. dw426

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    Hmm, that's not like Google to do that purposely. I've used that toolbar in the past, may I inquire as to what if any program you installed that bundled the Google Toolbar with it (it's included with damn near everything these days). I have a feeling if it came with a program, it may have asked you about changing the homepage and you may have missed un-checking the option (just a thought of course).
     
  4. minacross

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    it came with Irfanview o_O
     
  5. Zeena

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    Hi minacross :)


    I don't know about - Irfanview
    I've never heard of it :doubt:

    But as for the Google Toolbar ...
    I've been using the Google Toolbar for nearly 2 years now.
    First with XP
    Now with Vista
    I've never had any problems with it :)

    In Fact...
    I don't know what I'd do without it :doubt:
    e.g.
    I use it to check my spellings.
    It often blocks Pop Ups that IE7 has missed.
    And I love the way I can make buttons for my Favourite Websites :D
     
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    Are you sure that came from the google toolbar?


    Just had a look and it is a nasty script which takes advantage of a realplayer exploit to download and execute a virus on your system without any interaction. Also lots of nasty flash player exploits etc


    Usually those type of pages open when you hit a site that has been hacked and has iframe code in the source.
     
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  8. dw426

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    If you downloaded it directly from IRFanview's website, then no, IRFanview doesn't have any "spying" options to be installed either, so I'm with Baz-kasp, you either already had some spyware/virus, or hit an infected page.
     
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    Hi,

    IrfanView is Freeware from Austria, a picture viewer.
    Many applications offer a Google Toolbar to install, even PC Tools, so what?
    Don't install this garbage. o_O

    Cheers
     
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    I feel so frustrated when i seee even the security companies going this way. PC Tools. AVG , Comodo .... What else now...

    It,s simply radiculous.
     
  12. dw426

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    I'm with you, I hate it too. Luckily, at least for now, we can easily opt out of it (in Google's case at least). I assume this is done because partnering with Google helps sponsor the programs and keep them free, however, being so easy to opt out, it's not hard to imagine a time coming where it's either a must to install these toolbars or other options to use free software, or, free software vanishes slowly over time.
     
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    Or even some hidden data collecting ways incorporated right into these products without any knowledge of user.
     
  14. dw426

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    Which I'm guessing could be done during an updating process maybe? There's really no telling what some of these already report back. After all, data collection/ad serving is THE hot business at the moment and probably will be for the foreseeable future.
     
  15. Fajo

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    My grandparent loves that freaking toolbar. never had any problems with it but I'm thinking one of these days of stealth uninstalling it. :D
     
  16. De Hollander

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    @EliteKiller

    I know that ;) , was more thinking in line of a infected version, coming from some :gack: site
     
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