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OK,,,to make this as brief as possible , my lap top was used to visit a porn website ( wasnt me ) and for about a week before i found out how to remove it a billing notice kept coming up everytime i logged onto the net,,I phoned the number to find out what it was about and was told that someone had viewed the website and unless i payed £29 it would keep appearing,,,the man! said a box had been ticked saying whoever was viewing the site (removed) was over 18 and this was enough to become liable for a months bill even though it seems that only one visit was made. Anyway I was to say the least pretty mad and told him to remove this billing pop up or i would take legal advice, which I never did, eventually after advice and some new antivirus software it stopped appearing, but i know it still has access to my com as recently i had to close my antivirus and sure enough it popped back up,,,,,,,,,,,,,,so , anyone know if this scam or intrusion into my laptop is legal,,,ok,,u can say be careful who uses your com, but dam, ,,surely this intrusion and constant pop up cant be legal or even justified....I was so mad at the time I phoned this guy, and it still irks to know they have the nerve not to prvent this billing notice ( ha! ) from accessing my com,,,,Also does anyone know how they can keep accessimg my com when my firewall is down,,,have they some software that notes when i am online then fires it out??? thx,,,,from one pissed of jock,,,,,
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You should talk to a lawyer in my opinion...
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AcrticCorsair,

Porn sites are a great place to pick up malware, such as dialers and popups. I suggest you go to this link and follow the instructions for posting a hijackthis log here. One of our malware experts can help you determine if this is a result of something that has been installed on your computer and help you remove it. While I know this makes you angry, most likely there was some disclaimer on the site about charges and the person who used your computer went ahead and clicked the "I agree" button to get into the site. I think the person you should really be angry at is the person who used your computer for this. Also, if you get help from a malware expert, they can assist you in installing protection for the future.
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Yes if i knew who it was i would be angry , I dont leave it unlocked anymore, and i will do as u say,,,
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OK,,,to make this as brief as possible , my lap top was used to visit a porn website ( wasnt me ) and for about a week before i found out how to remove it a billing notice kept coming up everytime i logged onto the net,,I phoned the number to find out what it was about and was told that someone had viewed the website and unless i payed £29 it would keep appearing,,,the man! said a box had been ticked saying whoever was viewing the site (removed) was over 18 and this was enough to become liable for a months bill even though it seems that only one visit was made.


Do not part with any money. This is a pretty sophisticated piece of malware (a variation on the real site) that's cropped up but that's all it effectively is - an incredibly annoying pop-up. There is no way that you can be personally billed for visiting a website unless you physically fill in a form on the website in question. The only way a website would get to bill you without you filling anything in would be for its owners to go to a court of law to get your provider to reveal your details. As this is limited to people who need such details (namely security services but especially the police and Scotland Yard and so on), such a request from a company would be denied.

Realistically the people you phoned have nothing to do with this pop-up so they cannot help you. It is at best a phishing scam but if nothing else its an irritating pop-up.

Edited by Neil Jones, 11 February 2008 - 05:28 PM.

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Please do not give out any of your banking information to these scam artist.
In fact do not even give them your name.
As suggested, clean up the malware and you will be fine.
As far as them taking legal action, putting malware on your computer is the crime here.
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