Originally Posted By: gbeaumont
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Hi to all,
Bob, thanks for bringing this important warning to our attention, I have done a little research on this problem, it appears that the Chad virus that you have described is actually a milder version of a very nasty piece of MALWARE known a the IDIOT strain that apparently has been circulating on this message board for some time now.
I have it on good authority that the virus has been originating from a server in Northern PA (I guess that some programmer there has too much time on his/her hands) the worst thing about this virus is that once you get in the system it is a swine to get rid of as it refuses to respond to the normal cure of common sense and rationality protocols. It is a shame that this IDIOT VIRUS has had enough time on our system to mutate into the particularly invidious JR TROJAN I suspect that the only way to be permanently rid of this virus is to completely block the ISP address of the source. Maybe Chris can devise a pop-up blocker that can achieve this.
I have also noticed the re-emergence of late of several bits of SPYWARE, it appears that this type of POP-UP can stay dormant in the system for long periods of time and then start producing POP-Ups occasionally, whilst these are not too dangerous the data that they produce should be treated with care as it has known the be corrupted by the ASHINE VIRUS.
The biggest problem with thee viruses is that they can start to affect the genuine DATAMINERS that frequent this site most of which are quite benign and need to be encouraged unless of course they start to mutate into MALWARE.
I hope that you find this helpful
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