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Two people are spying on you

  1. Apr 23, 2013 #1
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    This, and similar banners seem to be everywhere recently, and it's not the adware on my computer, since I see them at school as well. Is anyone else being spied on as much as I am? because these things are everywhere and I'm getting the feeling that the two people who made this ad are the ones it refers to.
     
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  3. Apr 23, 2013 #2
    I click back to the PF homepage, guess what's at the top of the screen? :0
     
  4. Apr 23, 2013 #3

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    I assume that you're joking and that you know that the ad is bogus. I've also seen the ad, unfortunately there are people that actually think it's real and respond to the ad out of fear. It should be illegal, IMO, to trick people into buying your services.
     
  5. Apr 23, 2013 #4
    Yeah it should but it may be because of the new law cisp the gvrmtn can "spy" on you and so can companies check the bill; anywyas i wouldnt click a baner that looks like a free virus.
     
  6. Apr 23, 2013 #5

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    It reminds me of "Clean PC", which for some reason is back in business. It was shut down, or at least warned that it would be shut down, quite a while back. They offer a free check of your system to snoop out worms, viruses, whatever. A consumers' advocacy group took the "test" with a brand new computer that was absolutely free of anything other than the standard system software. Of course, Clean PC reported that it had over a hundred pieces of malware and demanded a huge amount of money to get rid of them.
     
  7. Apr 24, 2013 #6

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    Oh, Jeez, that reminds me of another nasty example. (New post because the edit option on the last one has expired.)
    Back in the early-mid 70's, Aamco in Detroit had one hell of an extortion scheme going. They offered free transmission inspections, which they provided as advertised. Then they charged a couple of hundred bucks to reassemble it and put it back in the car!
     
  8. Apr 24, 2013 #7

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    One thing that creeps me out is how many sites are linked to Amazon and items from your wishlist appear as ads on those sites. At first I thought it was a fluke but later discovered that there's some form of cookie tracking in use.

    It also happened on Ars Technica where Ars seemed to know people in my friends list who have posted Ars articles on thier feeds.

    We need browsers with full enduser control to stop this kind of tracking.
     
  9. Apr 24, 2013 #8

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    With respect to Clean PC there was a similar scam where the checker would encrypt your files and demand payment before it would decrypt them.
     
  10. Apr 24, 2013 #9
    I once had an interesting time with a special virus I will never forget. It was truly ingenious. See, my Norton subscription was up, and before I renewed it I was going about my daily internet filled life (after school of course). I don't remember exactly what happened, but here are a couple of things it had and did:

    A fake BSOD: (Seriously, it was funny) A full-screen window would instantly open (covering the taskbar and everything, it was flawless), but not like when you full-screen a picture or game and the screen turns black for a second or two before displaying the image. You just had to hit escape, and it would minimize, then left click the icon to close it.

    A fake start-up sequence tailored to your operating system: Same as above, but you could ACTUALLY log in, and all your files were "corrupted" or "moved" (A little message would also be on the bottom of the windows boot sequence that read "(I forgot the name of the virus) has restarted your systen on a attempt to protect your data". Pressing "Escape" five times would minimize it and it would instantly close.

    Keeping your programs from opening: This is the best one yet. If you had ANY programs open, they would function flawlessly, until you closed them. Then, at whatever point you decided to reopen them a small message would pop up on your screen, making the "windows error" noise saying "The file you tried to open is infected. (program name) has terminated the operation" unless it was Internet Explorer... which was pretty funny.

    All I had to do was restart in safe mode, renew my subscription and run a virus scan and it was gone. No harm done to my computer or my psyche, although if it had happened to a relatively computer illiterate person, they likely would have caved instantly.
     
  11. Apr 24, 2013 #10

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    Just so we're all clear... I'm constantly spying on everyone.

    I don't know who the other guy is.
     
  12. Apr 27, 2013 #11
    :eek: One time I saw that I was being spied on by 17 people!!!!!!!:eek:
     
  13. Apr 27, 2013 #12
    I wish that someone would spy on me. I guess I'm not interesting enough!
     
  14. Apr 27, 2013 #13

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    I just looked at your bio, and you appear to be male based upon your hobbies. Therefore you are correct; you are not interesting to me. Get a sex change and call me back.
     
  15. Apr 27, 2013 #14
    But for the price of a sex change, I could be paying multiple meth addicts to stalk me and camp outside my window. I'm not sure that it's worth it.
     
  16. Apr 27, 2013 #15
    That reminds me I am constantly getting e-mails from Facebook asking me if I know Betsy Fudrucker, Danny Limbserlost, and 14 other people.

    I would block them but that is about the only e-mails I get.:shy:
     
  17. Apr 28, 2013 #16
    Same Here:tongue:
     
  18. Apr 28, 2013 #17

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    I'm pretty sure that you're right about that. (I'm not the kind of stalker that you'd want, anyway. :devil:)

    I still can't believe that anyone with an ounce of brains would ever become involved with FaceBook, it I'll let it slide.
    If you and Coolguy want to be up to your asses in e-mails, just subscribe to a thread here on PF. I'm still trying, with no success, to eradicate those subscriptions.
     
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