I was checking my mail on Hotmail at work the other day, and (without me clicking a banner ad or opening a suspicious email or anything like that), the page suddenly started loading this website that I had no plans on visiting ... Subsequently, my work computer is now infected with spyware (en.wikipedia.org).
Now, I have no conclusive proof that Hotmail was the initial cause of this problem; perhaps I visited some other website earlier in the day that caused my browser to become compromised (although I'm usually pretty careful about which websites I choose to surf around); hell, it's possible that someone on the night staff used my computer without my permission and got it infected!
All I know is that, when I told my brother about this, he said that the same thing happened to him while he was checking his Hotmail account a couple of weeks ago (although he apparently was able to press the "Stop" button fast enough to avoid infection) ...
Anyone else heard of such issues with Hotmail? Also, since I'll be getting the IT department to wipe my hard drive next week, does anyone know of any FireFox plugins that can block banner ads (I'm guessing that was the root cause of the problem)?
Originally posted by Mr. BoffoIf you're blocking any kind of advertisements, Adblock Plus works very well. When you install it, make sure you add one of the default subscriptions to keep it up to date.
Thanks for the recommendation; my work computer's been cleaned up, and I immediately added this to my FireFox ... and man, do I wish I had done it sooner!
Hard to believe, but pages download really fast when there aren't any giant Flash ads to slow things down
A dumb question, but is your computer a laptop? Following on from Guru's observation, this is a pretty common fault for laptops (notebooks) with either a glide pad or that little nipple thingy as they wear out or get gunge in them.