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Spyare on PSP? I may have the first known case

  1. Oct 27, 2005 #1
    For all of those who don't know already, PSP is sony's new multimedia device, which is also the leading edge in portable gaming. The CPU and raw graphics power is superpassing the PS1, not quite the PS2, amazing for any handheld. It also you can view photos, slideshows, listen to MP3's, and video as well as they make movies for it (full lenght, i.e american pie) with no extras unlike DVDs.

    The medium in which information is stored (i.e games or movies) is relatively new properitary format called UMD. (Universal Media Disc) basically a mini disc. It can hold more data than a gamecube disc can hold for the Nintendo Gamecube.

    Now since I got the background out of the way, here's my problem. (Note: I have posted about this on the sony forums, no luck)

    With a verison called 2.0, sony regularly releases updates for the PSP to improve the PSP system. A few months ago, sony released 2.0 verison, which has a built in wireless browser in it. YOu can browse the web on your PSP

    Mine was working fine until a few weeks ago. Suddenly, whenever I went to google, I got a ton of poups, and it actually never went to the google site. It went to a site called www.google.com/disclaimer. And other popups.
    It even had a popup made like a spyware program and it said "We are scanning your internet browser for spyware. You have spyware on your internet browser." and listed the spyware that I had. I was smart enough to realize this was just an ad.

    Nevertheless, people have told me there is no spyware for the PSP, and sony would have to sign for it.

    If there is no spyware, this problem is definitely new to me and the PSP community. Because these popups don't happen to any other website, just google.com and I used to not have these problems.

    Recently, a hacker created a virus for the PSP which you can download unwillingly on accident and it will 'brick' your psp which means it deletes the critical system files and makes it so you cannot turn your PSP back on. This is agianst the warranty and you will have to pay another 250 bucks to buy another.

    I also wanted to say, this is not just one or two popups. These are several popups.

    This is what I get when I go to google:
    (PSP Message screen, which looks like a translucent blue window)
    "Javascript will open a new page. Would you like to continue?"(Options: disable javascript. Yes or no)
    I click yes.
    Javascript will open a new page. Would you like to continue?"(Options: disable javascript. Yes or no)
    I click yes
    Javascript will open a new page. Would you like to continue?"(Options: disable javascript. Yes or no)

    Each time it does this, it generates popups. The javascript is actually a popup And if I click disable, it won't go to the site.

    Also, after a certain number of these javascripts, I get something which looks like a hacker put on my PSP, I don't see why the PSP would have this message on it:
    "Your PSP is vulerable to popus. Would you like to install a popup blocker?"

    A popup blocker on my PSP? Come on! I even downloaded it, which in itself couldve wrecked my PSP. Still, same thing happens.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2005
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  3. Oct 27, 2005 #2


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    that's pretty scary. I have 2.5. I haven't gone to Google yet
  4. Oct 27, 2005 #3

    Everyone I've talked to has no problems going to google. in fact I didnt either until i recently

    and now I have 2.5 as well
  5. Oct 28, 2005 #4
    anyone else?
  6. Oct 28, 2005 #5
    I have heard there are some viruses out there that infect the PSP. There are even some that will completely ruin it. Be cautious.
  7. Oct 28, 2005 #6
    Well if its based on java then the fact you have stated "there is no spyware for the PSP", is meaningless. Java is platform indepenedent...

    There are even some scarey virus that have been writen which are totally free of host OS constraints that could easily effect your PSP.. IE XSS scripting:


    Advice, dont go on the net if you dont know what is harmful and what isnt for your PSP

    An example of XSS:

    Last edited: Oct 28, 2005
  8. Oct 28, 2005 #7


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    Wow that sucks. I wonder why there isnt a way to fix your psp after infection! Thats $250 gone!!!!
  9. Nov 3, 2005 #8
    Why'd you upgrade to 2.5? You just lost the ability to run home-made code.. :( (Bye bye Quake, DOOM, snes/nes/genesis/mastersystem/wonderswan :{)
    Anyway, I've never had a problem going to Google and I my PSP's 2.0.. (Japanese version if that's of any relevance)
    You can only brick your PSP if you download this file/view it (It's a picture) and... yeah... that's it I guess.
  10. Nov 4, 2005 #9
    it may be off topic but i was just wondering why do people say if you get the virus you will have to buy a new one, can't you just restore the system files erased by the virus in the same way the virus deleted them in the first place.
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