Patterico's Pontifications

11/27/2003

SPY WIPER HIJACKING UPDATE: I

Filed under: Scum,Spy Wiper — Patterico @ 12:32 am

SPY WIPER HIJACKING UPDATE: I have noticed that I have been getting a lot of Google hits from people looking for information on Spy Wiper. Apparently due to my recent post about how my browser was hijacked by this company, Patterico is high on the Google list when you search for “Spy Wiper.” Moreover, Patterico is apparently the top site not maintained by the company (and thus the first site that people click on if their browsers were also hijacked).

BoiFromTroy has disclosed that he had the identical thing happen to him, quite recently. He reports that the offending company is called “Mail Wiper, Inc.” and is based in Georgia. Given his report, other similar reports, and the numerous Google searches, I believe that this is an experience many people are having right now. I would therefore like to invite comments on two topics:

1) If you have had your browser hijacked by this company, describe your experience in the comments. Tell us the date and exactly what happened. I sense there is a lot of frustration out there. Please vent it here.

2) I would also like to hear from anyone with insights on what can be done to stop this company’s hijacking of people’s browsers. I am less interested in technical fixes, virus software, etc. and more interested in legal opinions as to steps that can be taken against the company. Is this illegal? To whom should people complain? Any and all relevant suggestions are welcome.

UPDATE: I put a potential fix in the comments. It worked for at least one person. Please leave feedback as to whether it works for you.

One Response to “SPY WIPER HIJACKING UPDATE: I”

  1. I should note that the reference to a potential fix in the comments refers to comments to this post on the old version of my site. If you want to read them, click on this link — then click on the comments fast, because you will soon be automatically redirected to the new version of my site.

    A better bet is to check out this post and this post. The best chances for a fix are all there.

    Patterico (f7b3e5)


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