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How to despam a computer?

Email from a relative complained of receiving email after visiting porno sites. While I am not all that sympathetic, I should do my familial duty.

I don't what to do though. How could they email him (and you know it's a him) from just visiting? It doesn't make sense.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 16th, 2007 5:48pm
I'm sure there's a lot of the story that aren't getting.
Permalink Send private email Wayne 
March 16th, 2007 6:19pm
I *LOVE* people trying to explain what they were doing when they were infected. Really. LOVE IT.
Permalink Send private email ~~~x 
March 16th, 2007 6:21pm
"from just visiting?"

they couldn't. unless:

(a) he visited from work and they grabbed his ip, went back to the domain and have now started spamming his entire office.

(b) he gave them his email, somehow, sometime.  hell, maybe he thought he was asking for a free calendar, or entering a competition, or, well, I can think of a heap of innocent possibilities but the one I suspect is most likely is that he gave it to them on the promise of free porn of some kind.

(c) someone else gave it to them

(d) its a coincidence.


oh, the other very likely possibility is that he was using IE (any version) and the visiting of the webpage allowed them to totally download something in the background without his knowledge, pwn his computer, grab his address book and thereby grab his email.

or the other even more likely possibility is that he downloaded something called "freecumslutfacials.younghorny.bigbreasted.dildoes.wav and executed it, specifically answering yes to the "are you sure you want to open and run this incredibly unsafe binary you idiot?"
..and that this program then pwned his computer and grabbed his address book.

either way the only way out now is to perform a totally clean install on his computer, change his email address and tell him to stop watching porn.
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
March 16th, 2007 6:22pm
Good suggestions zesty. So none of the despamming packages really work?
Permalink son of parnas 
March 16th, 2007 6:24pm
If there's any sign of spyware, the only way to be sure you've gotten rid of it is to wipe the drive and re-install.
Permalink Send private email Ward 
March 16th, 2007 6:27pm
actually your phrase 'despam a computer' is confusing me. 

do you actually mean spam, or are you concerned that everytime he opens IE its opening 13 windows and loading 13 porn pages?


cause if you just mean spam, he could prolly try some of the spam filters, some of them are pretty good, but remember that mostly it all still hangs around in a spam folder so he may want to be paranoid about deleting it if he has kids.

really what you need to do is teach him about gmail, yahoo or livemail and tell him to use those types of webmail solutions to feed his porn addiction.

overall though, if he _really_ didn't give it to them and its _really_ not a coincidence then they have been into his address book which means that they have total access to his computer which really means a reinstall is necessary.
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
March 16th, 2007 6:28pm
> actually your phrase 'despam a computer' is confusing me. 

Me too. I jut mean all the nasty software that can get installed. I figured it could be working with the web sites. Perhaps there's a cookie that all the sites set so they can tell who is visiting?
Permalink son of parnas 
March 16th, 2007 6:36pm
Tell him to stop emailing porno chixxx.
Permalink Send private email ~~~x 
March 16th, 2007 6:52pm
<shrug> perfectly possible, a cookie set by site A when he visited a porn site and recognised by site B when he enters his email for a competition for a cool kite is something that could happen I guess.

who the hell knows :)  the _solution_ is for him to reinstall his machine, change his email address and stop visiting porn sites.
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
March 16th, 2007 6:52pm
>>> stop visiting porn sites

Especially this one:

http://www.asianthumbs.org/
Permalink Send private email Ward 
March 16th, 2007 6:55pm
holy shit.  a website devoted entirely to the thumbs of asian woman aged between 18 and 23.

how fucking insane is that. truly the long tail has just got a little longer.
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
March 16th, 2007 7:01pm
Put an easy to install and use version of Linux on his machine (Ubuntu).  Most anything the average home user needs is included.  If there's some specific Windows programs he has to have (probably a game), set him up to dual boot.  If he has to go to porn sites tell him to make sure he's using his Ubuntu (tell him it means condom in certain computer languages).
Permalink Send private email Mountain_Dewd 
March 16th, 2007 7:05pm
Good coverup, but I can tell you looked at:

"Nancy Ho nude on the swing"

and

"Busty Sakura Shiratori stripping leopard-print undies"

Don't try to deny it!
Permalink Send private email Ward 
March 16th, 2007 7:08pm
Hey!  Why the hell are you emailing me so many times!!??!?!?
Permalink Send private email Ward 
March 16th, 2007 7:09pm
> the long tail has just got a little longer

Which site is that?
Permalink son of parnas 
March 16th, 2007 7:14pm
">>> stop visiting porn sites

Especially this one:

http://www.asianthumbs.org/"

Dammit! Anyone got any Windex?! I can barely see my screen now!
Permalink Full name 
March 16th, 2007 8:13pm
>>> I can barely see my screen now!

Keep your hands _under_ the desk next time.
Permalink Send private email Ward 
March 16th, 2007 8:14pm

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