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    "Powered by ZEDO" infection -- in Linux?

    I've been getting "Powered by ZEDO" popup windows in Firefox 3.0
    under Ubuntu 8.04. Everywhere I search on Google for removing this
    malware refers to Windows infections, with references to rootkit and
    removal of a file called CORE.SYS and the Windows registry.

    (Might this have anything to do with having installed Glubble as a
    Firefox add-on? It makes radical changes in Firefox.)

    The computer is not dual-boot; it is Linux only.

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    Re: "Powered by ZEDO" infection -- in Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by eugeneccampbell View Post
    I've been getting "Powered by ZEDO" popup windows in Firefox 3.0
    under Ubuntu 8.04. Everywhere I search on Google for removing this
    malware refers to Windows infections, with references to rootkit and
    removal of a file called CORE.SYS and the Windows registry.

    (Might this have anything to do with having installed Glubble as a
    Firefox add-on? It makes radical changes in Firefox.)

    The computer is not dual-boot; it is Linux only.
    ZED0 is an ad service, isn't it? It's pushing it a bit to call the pop-ups malware or an infection but if they are annoying you there's no reason to put up with them.

    Try the cookies.txt file in the .mozilla directory of your home directory. Delete any reference to ZEDO or move or delete the file. See how you go on.

    Are these any help?

    http://www.zedo.com/company/optout.htm

    http://www.aboutus.org/ZEDO.com
    Brian.

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    Re: "Powered by ZEDO" infection -- in Linux?

    Use AdBlock Plus as well as NoScript plugins as well to avoid such annoyances.

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    Re: "Powered by ZEDO" infection -- in Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by brian_p View Post
    ZED0 is an ad service, isn't it? It's pushing it a bit to call the pop-ups malware or an infection
    Ah, I see. A google search for the title of the popup led to page
    after page of complaints by Windows users, with complaints that
    all their efforts to rid themselves of it failed. Responders on
    a few forums came up with a .SYS file to delete and a Windows Registry
    entry to remove, with some dire warnings about this particular item.
    I knew there had to be something goofy going on somewhere if I was
    getting it on my Linux box.

    Quote Originally Posted by brian_p View Post
    but if they are annoying you there's no reason to put up with them.

    Try the cookies.txt file in the .mozilla directory of your home directory. Delete any reference to ZEDO or move or delete the file. See how you go on.

    Are these any help?

    http://www.zedo.com/company/optout.htm

    http://www.aboutus.org/ZEDO.com
    Yes. They explain that ZEDO works by installing a cookie. Thanks.

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    Re: "Powered by ZEDO" infection -- in Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by roderick View Post
    Use AdBlock Plus as well as NoScript plugins as well to avoid such annoyances.
    I've been using AdBlock but it didn't nail ZEDO. I've long used NoScript
    on Firefox under Windows but didn't realize it might be a good idea with
    Linux too, and had been enjoying the NoScript-less sessions while working
    at home with Ubuntu. At the office under Windows, I'm constantly having
    to approve scripts, usually temporarily, and it's a bit of a nuisance.

    Would it be wise to start depending on NoScript with Ubuntu as well?

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    Re: "Powered by ZEDO" infection -- in Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by eugeneccampbell View Post
    I've been using AdBlock but it didn't nail ZEDO. I've long used NoScript
    on Firefox under Windows but didn't realize it might be a good idea with
    Linux too, and had been enjoying the NoScript-less sessions while working
    at home with Ubuntu. At the office under Windows, I'm constantly having
    to approve scripts, usually temporarily, and it's a bit of a nuisance.

    Would it be wise to start depending on NoScript with Ubuntu as well?
    Yes

    You can be vulnerable to phishing/spoofing attacks via cross-site scripting no matter what your OS

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-site_scripting

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