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Website able to determine my city?!


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bloomcounty

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Does anyone know how a website could know what city you're in? I was at a website that had a bunch of links to various other sites, and one of them off to the side was about meeting people "in your area" and it listed three people listing they were in the same city I live in! But I did not enter any information in anywhere. Can a website get this information from your computer somehow?

Also, after this, I restarted my comptuer and when it was booting up, it said to please wait while it was updating files or updating your configuration or something which may take a few minutes (but it was almost instantaneous) -- was this just a coincidence? Or was something installed on my computer? Any way to tell if anything was installed today?

I'm going to run Ad-Aware and Spy-bot in the meantime. Hijack This came up clean.

Any help would be appreciated -- thanks! :tazz:

Edit: I'm running Windows 98 SE and use Firefox.

Edit: I have dial-up, but found out that my city is listed in my IP address, so that's probably how it did that? Also, I ran Spy-bot and it found an Alexa entry and a Wurld-something-or-other registry value and I removed those. Then Ad-Aware SE found another Alexa thing that Spy-bot didn't so I removed that. I'm re-running both to test. But I am still concerned about the "updating configuration" thing that happened...

Thoughts? Thanks!

-- bloomcounty

Edited by bloomcounty, 04 June 2005 - 04:09 PM.

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The "Find singles in ___________" is a normal ad, no noeed to worry..


And what a coinsidence! You have malware to, post your hijackthis in the malware section.
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