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What exactly is a Dialer?

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I downloaded the trial version of Pest Patrol and it told me that I had trojan.win32.dialer.hc on my system. I ran Xsoft, AVG Pro and Stopsign and none of them saw it... Does this mean I need to fork out money to buy yet ANOTHER virus protection program? ** sigh **

And what exactly does a dialer do? I read on the AVG site that one way to protect against a dialer was to jack your security up to HIGH in Internet Options on the control panel - that way no cookies could get through. Any other precautions I could take - I'm even afraid of getting on the Net now for fear this dialer will take over and hang up on my ISP and call some other ISP, all without my knowing about it.... Is that what a dialer does? :whistling:


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