February 3rd, 2003, 10:35 PM
Sneaky Toolbar Hijack Browsers
You can read more about it at http://www.wired.com/news/infostruct...,57467,00.html
It's the most evil thing on the Internet, according to some of its victims. But it's not a virus, a scam or a raunchy porn site. It's a browser toolbar that some swear is doing "drive-by downloads" -- installing itself without users' permission -- then taking over their systems and making it impossible to uninstall. "When I find the bastards who programmed this thing I'd be happy to castrate them with a pair of dull pinking shears," fumed one of Xupiter's many unhappy victims in a newsgroup posting. Xupiter is an Internet Explorer toolbar program. Once active in a system, it periodically changes users' designated homepages to xupiter.com, redirects all searches to Xupiter's site, and blocks any attempts to restore the original browser settings. The program attempts to download updates each time an affected computer boots up, and has been blamed for causing system crashes. Several versions of Xupiter also appear to download other programs, such as gambling games, which later appear in pop-up windows. Some said that Xupiter has taken over their browsers. "Random words and characters now appear when I attempt to enter info on search sites or other forms. It's as if there's a ghost in my machine," New York resident Beth Vanesky said. Xupiter.com is registered to a company called Tempo Internet, in Gyongyos, Hungary. Calls and e-mails to Tempo were not returned. Xupiter offers an uninstall utility, but many said that it didn't work, and in some cases made things worse.
February 3rd, 2003, 10:42 PM
That's just plain vicious. Sounds worse than even... Gator, and I thought it couldn't get any worse than that insidious little application.
I'm going to be on the lookout for that virulent program. Even if it isn't a virus, it acts pretty damn like one.
Thanks for the info...
The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of dusk. -Hegel
February 3rd, 2003, 11:19 PM
Yah, Xuipiter has been around for a while now. It's pretty bad, but adaware and spybot search and destroy will remove it with no problems. Actually Xupiter has a page on their site that says how to remove it. Anyway, here are a couple of links that I found to that app: