Had to sneak on BYC, through the back door?

Discussion in 'Website Announcements, Feedback, Issues, & Guides' started by gritsar, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I don't know if this is a computer problem, a BYC problem or what, so I thought I'd mention it.

    My computer had to go back in the shop, after working a total of about 12 hours [​IMG] so I'm back to using DH's. His hard drive is in the shop, so his laptop is limping along on an old hard drive that can only run IE 7. There's no room left on the hard drive to download 8.

    Last night I tried to get on BYC through the main page and got an error page, saying IE could not open the page. I tried multiple times - needed my BYC fix - and finally gave up.
    Tried again this morning, same thing. What I finally ended up doing is searching through DH's favorites until I found a link that I had saved to a particular thread. Clicked on it and thank my lucky stars it let me in.

    Weird, huh?

    P.S. Won't do no good to suggest I get Firefox or one of those others. I've been using IE since I got my first computer many moons ago and I am very set in my ways.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Passwords are probably saved somewhere on the computer, so just let you in b/c of memory.
  3. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Do you happen to know, or could copy the error message you received along with the link to the page you were trying to access?
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:I will do that Nifty. I should also mention that when I got my computer out of the shop it had been upgraded with a super tight security suite - anti-virus, anti-spyware, etc. (I don't know all the tech. stuff about computers, so forgive my ignorance). I had it running for about that 12 hours then I tried to log on to BYC. When I got to the main page, an error message popped up saying it was a bad site, had spyware, and the whole thing shut down.
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    The page I was trying to access (from the drop down): https://www.backyardchickens.com/

    page comes up in the usual BYC blue, then an error box pops up saying:

    Internet Explorer cannot open the Internet site https://www.backyardchickens.com/


    When I click 'OK' I get the usual "The page cannot be displayed..." message.

    (I get the same thing, even if I type in the address rather than using the drop down)

    Is this what you needed?
  6. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    That's pretty weird. Not a very helpful message from IE. I'm able to get to the site with IE and so are a bunch of other peeps. Which version are you using?
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    On Chrome I still have to click through the warning.
  8. cpartist

    cpartist Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2009
    Alachua County FL
    I have had multiple problems since I was on the night of the hack.
    I was using Chrome. I got a warning from McAfee telling me I was compromised. I ran
    a scan and it said I had 6 copies of this trojan SUSP_IRP_MJ_CREATE that it could not
    quarantine. I have one malware removal tool Smitfraud fix, and after I ran this, (sorry did not save the log)
    McAfee told me I had removed 6 Trojans and 8 rootkits.

    I still got redirects in Chrome, though, but not while accessing BYC through AOL.
    Then McAfee tells me "unable to update protection, could not access internet" even
    though I was on the internet at the time. I get the same message when trying to
    install Malwarebytes, or any other of this type program. I was also blocked from the
    link in the other post regarding hack.(Combofix)

    I had something similar happen for the first time while visiting another chicken site
    (what's with that?) and mistakenly clicked on a message telling me my computer
    was infected, click to fix...my whole system went wonky...porn sites popping up, unable
    to access anything. My son spent a whole day, starting in Safemode, downloading SmitfraudFix
    and Malwarebytes to get it cleaned up. It took another few days for me to get everything working right.
    Had to configure proxy settings? or preferred browser settings? to get McAffe to be able to connect.
    I'm not computer savy at all...ran searches for the messages I was getting and followed directions.

    Just now I was posting to this site in Chrome (as it has spellcheck) and got a message saying I was infected by
    259 trojans, click to remove (it was very official, Microsoft looking), started to download, then remembered
    what happened last time. I hope I aborted it in time.

    Not sure what is going on, and don't know when I'll have time to deal with this between jobs and chickens.
    My first step will be to start in Safe Mode and try to download Malwarebytes, as this is what worked before.
    Any advice appreciated, and for now, my advice would be to use another browser than Chrome, as the only
    two times I was infected was using this, so it seems not as secure.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2010
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Nifty, first off I want to apologize for taking so long to get back to you. My computer and my DH's both went back in the shop yesterday. We stayed at the shop while they were being fixed, as we are friends with the owners. The problems on my DH's computer had nothing to do with viruses, etc., but it took the lady seven and a half hours to remove all the junk off my computer that started with me getting online the night of the hack. She told me that it was one of the hardest viruses she ever had to deal with.
    Pretty much everything that cpartist had, I had.
    The night I logged on, my anti-virus popped up telling me I had a virus that it could not remove. It suggested another program to remove it, so I clicked on it. Big mistake!
    Now my computer is locked down tight, with anti-virus and malware protection. I am running IE8.

    No problems accessing the site since I got the computer out of the shop today. I was able to access the site by typing in the address.
  10. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    I'm very sorry to hear about anyone having problems related to the attacks. It stinks that people do this kind of stuff on purpose.

    I read an article about a surge in these types of things (malware, spyware, viruses, etc.) and that they can slip in from a lot of different areas. We work super hard to keep BYC up and running and secure. In the 14 years I've been hosting websites I've seen a lot of hack attempts, but this last time was the only one I've had that has impacted anything.

    It's a constant battle and as BYC gets bigger, it seems so does the target, but we'll keep working diligently to keep our community running and safe.

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