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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-25-2005, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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dial up issues

Ok my dad is on dial up and he got his home phone bill for the motnh.Supposedly someone used his phone line from a remote source to call to nigeria for an hour or so and the call cost 150.00.

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He calls verizon and they told him that they would take care of his bill but he needs to remove some type of utillity that allows someone to dial into yr system and use yr land line..Curious to see if anyone knows what this is and what I can do to help my dad out..

He is using windows me..thx for any help....
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-25-2005, 07:30 PM
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Ok my dad is on dial up and he got his home phone bill for the motnh.Supposedly someone used his phone line from a remote source to call to nigeria for an hour or so and the call cost 150.00.

Anyhow,
He calls verizon and they told him that they would take care of his bill but he needs to remove some type of utillity that allows someone to dial into yr system and use yr land line..Curious to see if anyone knows what this is and what I can do to help my dad out..

He is using windows me..thx for any help....
Tell him to quit surfing porn sites. A lot of those will pop up with a dialog box asking if you want access to the "good stuff". But in the fine print, it says it will disconnect you from your ISP and dial in [somewhere not specified] to get access to the porn. Then it disconnects him and dials an overseas number that charges like $10/minute.

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ok so this may sound crazy to ya but my dad is very religous person and I am 100% sure hes not looking at any kind of porn....The guy a verizon told him that theres a utillities setting that you can either uninstall or turn off that will solve the problem...I don't know where the setting is....I do know he surf ebay regularly buying and selling and I am willing to bet thats were he got hit...
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ok so this may sound crazy to ya but my dad is very religous person and I am 100% sure hes not looking at any kind of porn....The guy a verizon told him that theres a utillities setting that you can either uninstall or turn off that will solve the problem...I don't know where the setting is....I do know he surf ebay regularly buying and selling and I am willing to bet thats were he got hit...
im willing to bet you are 100% wrong about it coming from ebay. there is a scam on the porn rings about the sex dialer and it takes advantage of people who dont even go to porn sites. its probably spyware and he needs to get a spyware removal program. get adaware or spybot search and destroy, or better yet both. that will kill it. the guy at verizon has no idea what happened because if he did then he would know how to tell a customer to turn t off.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-26-2005, 02:12 AM Thread Starter
 
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ok I appreciate the advice..He has adaware but I dont think he completly knows how to run it..I will go over there one day and run adaware and install spybot and run them both for him...
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