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    WTF? I know I have Whenu, but now when I go to Google , Overture, and even HotBot and perform a simple search, I get a column (a frame ) on the right (made to match the search engine, but without any logo ) , that calls itself
    "Enhanced search results " . It mimics the search engines , and gives me paid listings of some sort. I cannot even right click to see the properties of where these URLS or ads , or this frame is originating from, but several of these lead to about.com sites and go to pop-up hell .

    My guess is that this is the work of Whenu . Can someone with Whenu go search Google for anything , try:
    "plastic bottles" and see what you get .Not all search terms are able to find "enhanced results ".

    If this is Whenu, now they have really gone and started stirring up some crap ! Altering Google's page display? Hijacking search engine traffic ?

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    I've seen Comet Cursor do something similar... you need to run AdAware (there's a new version out) / ASE or SpyBot S&D.

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    WhenU seems to be paralleling everyone's favorite pet parasite Gator on this one. They form a parnership with the PPCSE's to drain keyword accounts on a split fee basis with a deceptive popup box of hot links. If your keyword search isn't a match on their merchant list they send your click to some popup hell hole for a secret hidden install of a backdoor adding a variety of adware/spyware on your system.

    Networks might soon have had enough of Gator and WhenU/Shopnow antics as these B-a-HO apps do alienate shoppers. I'm sure the minds behind this new tactic graduated from Porno U on a scholarship coupon from a Hustler magazine Ad.

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    If they won't adopt and feed a bird ..flip them one! BBQ some Gator and remember to flush WhenU..

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    Well, I downloaded and ran adware, and after the first scan/removal of 283 freakin objects, I still have whenu and new.net folders and a 4 files . I'm unable to remove these (I just don't know how yet).

    The fake "enhanced search results" frame still comes up at major SE"s after rebooting , so it's narrowed down to whenu or new.net or BOTH of those bastards combined that are responsible for this .

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    Someone else had the same problem
    http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum3/9258.htm

    Shake your booty

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    Lisa you should ask Andy at TigerDirect for some free mouse rubbers as you try to investigate the B-a-Ho's and their new deviant offspring.

    Charlie ...

    If they won't adopt and feed a bird ..flip them one! BBQ some Gator and remember to flush WhenU..

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    First, go here:
    http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/

    then go here:
    https://rn.ftc.gov/dod/wsolcq%24.sta...RG%5FCODE=PU01

    It's time to stop allowing this scum to take over our businesses. Please take a stand.

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    Thanks TrustNo1 for pointing that out.

    Hmmm.. That topic came up just yesterday, seems no one really knows too much about it YET .
    Even GoogleGuy didn't have a straight answer .

    I don't know what to do from here , and I just don't have time for this crap , so I guess I'll just wait it out for now . Looks like a new , somewhat unknown, and "coming soon to a PC near you" kind of pest as of right now.

    Also, I could be wrong , but I don't believe that it is from eboom/Inetspeak like the last poster says .

    This could be a real problem for all of us .

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    Hooligan, Thanks a BUNCH !
    According to doxdesk, this is what I found :

    "Your browser appears to have the "SubSearch/v21" parasite installed"

    This is the newest version (Jan. 2003 or later ) that is
    suspected of being installed by HighTraffic .

    "High traffic" What the heck does that mean ?

    Earlier versions are supposedly distributed by drive-by downloads .

    There is no uninstall feature, and It is not yet targeted by Ad-Aware or Spybot S&D at the time of writing. Gotta do a manual removal .

    Removal tool - Something new for us to look forward too , Huh ?

    Now that I know a bit more, I could SWEAR this is from logging into Websponsors, and looking for new ad campaigns , and picking this up from scumbag advertisers with all their pop-ups !

    I JUST KNEW It ! I should have walked away from that freebies site and NEVER looked back again ! Nothing but dirtbags and bloodsucking parasites on every corner you turn . This is what I get for trying to update it and just LOOK for a few new ads, so it isn't a complete waste of my time , but I can't even USE THEM because they are so LAME !

    Okay, Maybe that's NOT how I really got this , but it leaves me steaming mad and wondering WHO DID IT ?

    [This message was edited by Lisa on February 13, 2003 at 01:44 PM.]

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    Your very welcome Lisa, additionally I found this:
    http://www.pestpatrol.com/PestInfo/H/HighTraffic.asp

    Again, I would recommend taking screen shots and send to all se's involved as well as the FTC. These parasites are multiplying faster than anyone can keep up with, and we are going to need govt help to stop them.

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    You are right, later on I am going to get some screenshots of Overture and Google with the search terms " Casino" and "Credit Cards" .


    That ought to get Google and Overtures attention. Hopefully, if they see just how the fake "enhanced results" can interfere with their Adwords revenue and diminish their reputation with irrelevant results, ton's of pop-ups which Google HATES , and an overall poor user experience that is attributed to them alone , since it looks just like their own site . MAYBE they will get pee'ed off enough to actually DO SOMETHING about it !

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    Lisa I was afraid to follow in your tracks as these scumbags do rely upon hidden drive-by downloads. You can bet some greedy merchant poser pushing Freebees for a few cents a click is behind this at Websponsors. I refuse to even go to that site to run into the wank affiliates CJ booted out over a year ago when they canned PPC.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> That ought to get Google and Overtures attention. Hopefully, if they see just how the fake "enhanced results" can interfere with their Adwords revenue and diminish their reputation with irrelevant results, ton's of pop-ups which Google HATES , and an overall poor user experience that is attributed to them alone , since it looks just like their own site . MAYBE they will get pee'ed off enough to actually DO SOMETHING about it ! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
    Who knows maybe they'll delete them from their database.

    FYI, I have Norton antivirus and Personal Firewall. I checked my list of virus definitions which is a list that I am protected against, and I have protection against it. they are listed as follows:

    SubSeven 2.1 server
    SubSeven.21b (2)
    SubSeven.21b (3)
    SubSeven.22.plugin
    SubSeven.Dropper

    I don't know if this is exactly what you have but you may want to look into it. I got my copy at the store. I get a weekly update of the latest viruses and malicious scripts. It also prevents pop-ups. I have to turn it off if I want to see the pop-ups everyone is talking about. You can also get it at Symantec.com
    Good luck.

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    Thanks for the info Hooligan. I just went to doxdesk, and it told me that I have the "MySearch" parasite installed...and I never knew that I even had it. Has anyone else ever heard of this one? I am going to find out right now how to remove it.



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    Lisa,

    Although many of these pests act the same - what you are describing sounds just like the results I was seeing when Common Names (like Igetnet) tried to sell me on buying a keyword. If you have their software downloaded it does the same thing you are seeing. Don't know if it's officialy considered a Parasite yet and picked up by Adaware but it should be.

    So if what you are doing does not clear things up you might try checking for Common Names or IgetNet or one of the other so-called "natural language navigation" schemes that takes over your desktop and shows you THEIR customers search results instead of the real deal.

    The Internet is the most awesome medium ever invented. Too bad it feels like a war zone now and you have to be so careful where you surf to avoid all the land mines. If only everyone on the net was honest and would just settle for playing fair.

    Good luck Lisa, hope you find the culprit and can delete it without too much hassle.

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    Hello all,

    I just checked your Doxdesk, and it said I am clean - nice to know hope it stays that way but, I wanted to mention I run Symantec AntiVirus with LiveUpdate, Symantec's firewall through it's Internet Security AND more importantly, have set in my InternetExplorer InternetOptions, Security Tab, to disallow downloads of files, active x, etc., and between all these, I seem to maintain a fairly clean system, combined with running netMechanic and AdWare (thank God for those guys).

    It's a bit of a pain in the youknowhat when it comes to wanting to download a real file because I have to go manually change it to allow the download then go change it back, but, with all these steps under Symantec's best checking facilities they say I have a nearly invisible footprint on the web and am relatively secure. I do get hit at least three times a week with attempted penetration of my firewall, and attacks of trojan horses, worms, email viruses, etc., and god only knows how much parasite wear I manage to block but, this combination seems to work relatively well, that, and, staying out of chat rooms, porn/gambling sites, and most important freebie software sites - thats how I first learned about this stuff from one of those "free software download" for telephone call forwarding services to my computer-that was all the rage available a year or two ago (callwave was the one I used)...when I noticed massive amounts of data being moved on and off my hard disk in a 24 hour period (another good way to mobitor for this kind of thing write down your hard disk space used - daily) I realized they were farming out all their user's hard disk space and inactive cpu usage time (because I also notice my CPU was extremely busy when I was not even at the computer and outlook & everything else was off - another tip-off) to evidently buyers somewhere. When I challenged them on this they at first refused to respond then after many po'ed emails requesting they remove the garbage finally they just denied everything, my recourse was (before finding Adware) discontinue the service and reformat the hard disk and re-install everything. A bit extreme but it worked, and thats when I started looking for other less extreme options such as not leaving the software scratch-space open etc.

    At any rate now, using the combo described above, if I do have something, or someone is spying I have not found it yet... I wish you all the best of luck in defeating this garbage , I can only hope that if enough of us coimplain to our elected representatives , that the Govt will do something to stop it, because its the worst thing to come along since the 1929 stock market crash for business , they are just plain stealing from honest folks like us and doing nothing but turning off the public to those of us who are working our butts off in honest online affiliate marketing !!!

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    Glad you all are finding http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/ a useful resource. I use it often myself. It is run by a guy named Andrew Clover, who is as anti-parasite as most of us here are. I think he's
    a one-man operation who wrote a great piece of software.
    I believe the pandoras box has been opened with the unleashing of parasites and without outside help will be virtually impossible for us to stop. These are slick operators who seem to have convinced many weak-minded program owners/managers that bho's are benign and useful applications. This in itself is 3/4 of the problem...propogation by greed. Managers see big numbers and get blinded from common sense and foresight.
    Eventually the browsing experience for our users will be so frustrating and risky that I'm afraid people will flock AWAY from the net, let alone do any shopping or commerce.
    There is ONE way to stop the parasites. Examples must be made, legal precedents must be set, and surely some of these bho writers must see prison time. It is, in it's simplest form, restraint of trade and conspiracy among all knowing participants.
    I urge everyone affected to use this link to report all known and suspected offenders.
    https://rn.ftc.gov/dod/wsolcq%24.sta...RG%5FCODE=PU01
    The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) is a government body that no company doing dodgy business wants involved. They definitely have the teeth to inflict some pain on these scumbags.
    Eliminate parasites in 2003!

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    Clicked on http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/ and it said I have tinybar parasite. Could that be my google bar?

    Also, that site opened up about 3 porn pop-ups. Do you get that, too?

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    Tinybar is definitely a parasite and most likely where the porn popups are coming from...

    Use spybot to remove or do it manually per the instructions.

    Not related to the Google Toolbar.

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    Hey All,

    I found out my little "MySearch" parasite came from downloading Weatherbug...it was included as a search toolbar in the download package.

    There seems to be no useful "free" downloads anymore that doesn't have one of these things tagged onto it. Pair this with all the drive by downloads...and we will have to invent some type of computer armor to stop it.

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    Why would I get porn pop-ups from viewing that site and not any others?

    Right, I am just going to follow their easy directions. Sure, I am. I'm going to just jump right on that one.

    Is this a safe place to download SpyBot
    Search & Destroy? How do I know that is what I am downloading? Someone malicious could create a site to trick me into downloading something that would distroy my computer.

    http://spybot.eon.net.au/

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    I'm not a spokesman for anyone but myself...and life is too short for whatever your agenda is.
    Want more info? Do a google search on anything that seems suspect to you. A prudent person should always do their own homework.

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