ActiveX - how some spyware gets installed

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    Devilishly clevr. The visible URL itself is a legal disclaimer. Aside from SaveNow, the other five programs listed in this security warning are described only in lenghty, unintelligible license agreements that can be displayed by clicking on the link. If a user sees this screen, and clicks yes on the button below, all six programs are downloaded and installed.

    1. atanas ages ago | reply

      Yep. And people go for it.

      I saw a button yesterday, here on Flickr. It said: "No, I am not going to fix your computer." I am getting one.

    2. ptufts ages ago | reply

      At one point, around 2000, it was possible to install an ActiveX object with only a banner-ad click -- no dialog box at all!

      --Pat

    3. craker ages ago | reply

      That's just plain disgusting... and widening the Digital Divide further. The in-the-know have firewalls, antivirs, and usually a spybot or something. And the "reg folks" have nothing.

      "Contextually relevant offers"... :(

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