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Old 01-03-2005, 07:02 PM   #1
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static.vpptechnologies.com?

I use Netescape 7.2. Frequently when I select a post, the browser freezes with a message about static.vpptechnologies.com. This can take quite a while during which time I can not switch to another tab, or window, or much else.

I have a slow computer (233 mhz) but a fast connection (DSL). Any thoughts?
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Old 01-03-2005, 09:19 PM   #2
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I'd do a few things. First, if it's a PC, I'd get a Mac, but if you're really into punishment and have to have a PC, get a newer one or upgrade the guts of the old one. That 233 is a dinosaur. If you don't wan't to do that, switch browsers, they are free and worth a shot. IE is good, so are a number of others. I haven't liked Netscape since AOHELL aquired them. They basically destroyed the code and it's never really come back from the once glory days.

Also, you should be running firewall software and virus software on any computer that is connected to the Internet using Broadband or DSL. Who knows you might even have spyware or some nasty little worm running about on your machine making these things happen.
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Old 01-03-2005, 10:41 PM   #3
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I'd do a few things. First, if it's a PC, I'd get a Mac, but if you're really into punishment and have to have a PC, get a newer one or upgrade the guts of the old one. That 233 is a dinosaur. ....
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Alas, a new computer is not in the cards, the resources are needed for my classic airstream habit...

It's not a virus or spyware since I am scruplus on the maintenance of my firewall and AV software. I de-loused the machine of spyware with two programs this week. Also just upgraded to netscape 7.2 which is quite a bit quicker than 7.1 I don't think much of AOhell either but even less of Microsloth. I will only use IE when it is unavoidable. I suppose I could use Monzilla.

The machine doesn't do this freeze up routine on any other site. I'm wondering if static.vpptechnologies.com is providing a humongus library which my puny machine spends an inordinate amount of time downloading and processing.
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Old 01-04-2005, 08:51 AM   #4
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I hear ya on the Microsloth. I'd be inclined to try IE and Mozilla and see if it does the same thing with a different browser. If not, you've found your culprit. If it does.......well, the good news is that you've identified it's not browser related.

Way back when I was a staunch Netscape supporter (pre AOL), life was good. Then AOL came along and they screwed Netscape up so badly that I yanked it off all 600 of our workstations and sadly went with IE. Now we have Safari as well, but the problem is that Safari is only about 95% there as of the last patch and upgrade (which means nothing to your PC issue though). So we are pretty much in bed with both IE and Safari.

Sounds like you have some PC skill sets...ever consider going to Linux?
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Old 01-04-2005, 12:18 PM   #5
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I upgraded to Netscape 7.2 on one a 1 gig. machine at home over the holidays and the 233 mhz struck a cord. Just went back and checked and 233 is the minimum processer spec. Just a thought. We all know what happens when you overload a PC. Have to agree with the decline of Netscape since AOL.
Oh well, Sometimes I feel like a 19th century guy stuck in the 21st.
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Old 01-04-2005, 02:15 PM   #6
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I use Netescape 7.2. Frequently when I select a post, the browser freezes with a message about static.vpptechnologies.com. This can take quite a while during which time I can not switch to another tab, or window, or much else.

I have a slow computer (233 mhz) but a fast connection (DSL). Any thoughts?
it is adequate for all the other surfing I do. Does any know what is being retrieved from "static.vpptechnologies.com" by this forum?
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It is a Trojan form of spyware and will keep generating popups until removed.
Much info is available by doing a Google search with "vpptechnologies" as the keyword.
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Old 01-07-2005, 04:15 PM   #8
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It is a Trojan form of spyware and will keep generating popups until removed.
Much info is available by doing a Google search with "vpptechnologies" as the keyword.
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Here is the reply I got from a security forum after I ran a bunch of adware, spyware, malware removal stuff, and posted a log file.
static.vpptechnologies.com is not always trojan related. It is also an adserver used to display ads on many web pages. Your log is clean, so it does not appear that you have a trojan.
I don't see ads when I read this forum but perhaps my NIS is suppressing them?
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Old 01-07-2005, 05:20 PM   #9
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There are ads on this forum in certain areas.....
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guy99, my point is that the spyware you mention is in your system and most likely not related to this website. You may have unknowingly picked it up as a hidden attachment in something you downloaded, but those sneaky devils have numerous methods of finding their way into your pc.
Trojan or not, you need to remove it.
I'm not aware of any popup ads on this site.
Spyware is a huge problem. My local pc repairman says that most of the repairs he does are spyware related.
I've read that anyone who downloads music from the web runs a 95% risk of being victimized by spyware in one form or another.
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Spyware is a huge problem. My local pc repairman says that most of the repairs he does are spyware related.
I've read that anyone who downloads music from the web runs a 95% risk of being victimized by spyware in one form or another.
Not on my free BSD OSX Mac! I know, I know, you all are just gluttons for punishment I suppose.

I just don't understand it. I mean if you all are not running some PC specific software, why not at least try a Mac for a while? For the most part, you won't be disappointed. Then again, some folks love looking over their shoulder every other minute I suppose.

BTW, Microsoft now has a free (for now) spyware removal tool. You can find it here:

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...e/default.mspx
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Twink, I've only recently discovered that the pop-out drawer on my tower is not a cup holder.
This old dog doesn't want to learn new tricks.
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That's really funny Rog.

Pick that's a shame.
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