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    When I want to go to one of my web sites, I type in the name of the website directly into the URL and then I am taken to the website but with affiliate tracking code in the window!!

    I tried deleting cookies, files and history in internet explorer, but it keeps doing it.

    I trace it back to www.shopathomeselect.com. An affiliate at cj.com
    Are they a parasite?

    Thanks again

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    Yes they are a sales hijacking BHO wank posing as a merchant. You probably got a drive-by install of their "Golden Retriever" shopping application. They also are at Linkshare under the umbrella group of ShopatHome sites.

    Welcome to the real world of network sponsored thieves. The spin is.... you chose to install this BHO so suffer SillyGoose.

    Mike & Charlie ...

    "Payment is one option that isn't negotiable. Merchants require it for purchases ...SO DO WE."

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    I install all that junk on my wifes computer. Then I have 1 to test with and 1 that still works right. (pssssst dont' tell Kathy)

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    Thanks so much.
    But how did I get this on my pc???
    I have that adaware program that is pretty good and I will run it.

    But how did it get there?
    Also, what is BHO?

    Is there a list of all parasites I can review here?

    Thanks again

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    Parasite testing does require a disposable computer ...smart move to make it your wife's....unless she buys from your links!!!

    Mike & Charlie ...

    "Payment is one option that isn't negotiable. Merchants require it for purchases ...SO DO WE."

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    Best way to stop many but not all is to change your avtivex's to prompt first rather to allow them to run from anywhere
    Some use these they use to install drive byes, change home pages etc

    Some just find there way on through other sleezy techniques just by visit a site, AKA as a driveby download

    Here is one place that lots here use to help clean infected machines
    http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/

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    Yes, I see the linkshare tracking pop up for a second, then the cj tracking when it finally goes to the site.

    Is it possible they are getting a commission from both linkshare and cj for one merchant if the merchant is at both linkshare and cj?

    That is so wrong

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    Nice to see CJ has perfected a way to Hijack Linkshares parasite.

    Mike & Charlie ...

    "Payment is one option that isn't negotiable. Merchants require it for purchases ...SO DO WE."

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    So you don't remember installing this? The networks all seem to agree that you had to install it on your computer, it would never just do it without your permission, as that would be wrong.

    Time and time again people have stated that they don't know how this garbage got on their computer, but the networks turn a blind eye towards their comments.

    Someday, the networks are going to be up to their eyeballs in trouble because of their endorsement of this type of activity. They are already paying the price by having their ads blocked, and it will only get worse as time goes on.

    I hope CJ does get caught with its fingers in LinkShare's pocketbook, the lawsuit that will happen will be an eye opener.

    When you flirt with the dark side, it always comes back to haunt you. The price you pay for your greed is high.

    Andy

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    Sillygoose,

    If you haven't already set your ActiveX to
    prompt, do the following:

    Go to 'Tools', then 'Internet Options', then
    'Security', then click on 'Custom Level'.
    You will see about five references to ActiveX
    at the top, any that are set to enable, change
    to prompt. Then whenver you get an ActiveX
    prompt, a box will pop up and ask if you want
    to allow ActiveX, say no unless you really
    trust the site. This is how most of this crap
    gets on your computer.
    Since I changed my ActiveX to prompt and don't
    allow it on my computer, I haven't gotten any
    of this crap on my computer.
    After you do this, run Adaware or Spybot Search
    and Destroy to clean your computer.

    Wayne

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    Thank you, I will do that.

    How do I know which are the parasites at cj.
    What about ebates?
    Who else??

    THanks

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    Sillygoose,

    Take a look at the listings under Parasiteware here at ABW.

    That will be an eye opener to you, and will give you the basics to make decisions with.

    Andy

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    So the companies like CJ and Linkshare are actually stealing from one another? No wonder you guys are all upset over this and talk about it so much. Are they actually clawing and scratching at one another this bad?

    Maybe they are just trying to get what they can before it hits the fan?

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