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When restarting IE I found that via an ezine site and another marketing company (from where script was called), I was being redirected to a very well known software companies' home page. In total, there were 4 companies involved in this particular incident - I look forward to responses to emails I will send them.
If you have had this happen to you, I'd like to know about it.......
The JS.IEStart trojan is also known as VBS.Passon (CA), VBS.PassOn (NAV) VBS/IEstart.gen.
While it is not destructive, I object strongly to other companies adding sites to My Favourites and altering default home page without my permission or knowledge. If I hadn't had my AV program running in background, I probably never would have figured out where this script came from. I have since then copied scripts, along with appropriate screenshots pending further action.
It is an invasive, disgusting marketing tactic that only serves to irritate visitors; and it helps give web marketing industry a bad name. I am sure company I was redirected to will be interested in knowing that their advertising cash is being spent on a marketing firm who uses, in my opinion, illegitimate means to send visitors to them. It is a waste of their money as they are recieving traffic that is not targeted - what is known as "garbage traffic".
To companies that incorporate this type of ploy as part of their "bleeding edge" marketing technology - "may you live in interesting times"! You will be caught out!
It's bad enough that we have to travel 'net with our AV programs and firewalls on "paranoid" mode - do we now have to have "pop up killers" running all time as well?
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