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my internet is kind of not working

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by flc735, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. flc735

    flc735 Regular Member

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    the internet on my computer has not been working very well for the past 7 hours. i was checking a big list of proxies on scrapebox when it stopped working and i saw that i forgot to check the "use proxies" box on the main scrapebox page, so i figured that was the problem.
    this isn't exactly the case though.
    im using my roommates computer on the same ip address and it is searching google just fine.
    on my computer, i can rarely get any page to load up. even when i type a site in the address bar or use yahoo.
    i tried using private proxies and im getting the same results.
    google only sometimes works, yahoo only sometimes works, typing in url's only sometimes works...but the podcast catcher, that streams the feeds as i play them, works fine.
    my internet connection is fine.

    i dont really know what the problem is. any ideas?
     
  2. AuraObscene

    AuraObscene Junior Member

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    Go into the Internet setting on your computer and check the proxy setting. If you are on a pc it's usually in the Internet explorer properties.
     
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  3. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Probably malware - consider a clean install.
     
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    Yep, you probably have trojan that is redirecting you to a bogus DNS server. Malwarebytes is your answer.
     
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    sweet! i ran malwarebytes and its working fine now. thanks. whats the point of something like that anyway?
     
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    It basically allows them to point you to whatever website they want depending on what they wanna steal.
     
  7. Nigel Farage

    Nigel Farage BANNED BANNED

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    malwarebytes is not the end-all, be-all. The fact that it appears to be working does not mean the machine is "clean". The New Install is the only way a non-professional can be certain a machine is not infected.

    It would be a good idea to contemplate the connection between proxies and malware. Think all those "anonymous" proxies volunteer to be proxies? That there is some big-huge corporation that has thousands of computers dedicated to the purpose of allowing people to use them to spam, etc..?

    No one ever thinks about this. They think it's the Great & Invisible Proxy God in the Sky that sends shimmering, golden proxy connections to earth like Santa Claus, for good little boys & girls to anonymously send spam.

    Those proxies are average people's hijacked computers, infected by malware and are now being used by other people to do things like spam.

    I post all this to give you some sense of how "close" you are to malware. Some people think that if they don't click strange links in Instant Messages, and don't surf to porn sites, somehow they are "safe", but then they connect directly to and through infected computers that they call "proxies" because well it seems so much safer to call them that, instead of "infected computers".

    "Honey, what did you do today?"
    "Well Dear, what I did was connect to and through about 200 infected computers today."
    "Really? That sounds dangerous !"
    "Oh pish-posh, honey. All the cool kids are doing it. Nothing bad has ever happened before."

    The best infections are the ones you don't know about. They might "turn on" between certain hours, and then off again so you don't notice performance degrade. By the time the existence of the malware, is known and distributed for every spammer to use, then all the sudden you decide you've "just been infected". A wave of the magic antimalwarebytes wand, and things are just peachy again.
     
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  8. flc735

    flc735 Regular Member

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    that describes my situation pretty well. the 19 infections found all had the word "vshare" in them, which i remember was some kind of popup plugin or something on the site that i used to watch streaming football back in the fall.
     
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    IT might also be router settings. I get same kind of problems after running torrent on my router on NATS enabled ports. It got something to do checking the DNS too much and you get temp banned from there so you can't lookup the websites but the programs which go by Ip still work.

    Edit: router, not browser.
     
  10. silentthunder

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    Gotta give it to you. That's a hella eye opening post? What do you use in lieu of a proxy solution?