Strange Text Files --- Is This an Instance of Malware?


go4IT

Link Posted 24/09/2020 - 13:27
For the past few days, long lines of code jump into my downloads folder when I type into the "Title" box on the Photo Uploads page. Does anyone know what is happening? Is this evidence of hacking of some sort?

johnriley

Link Posted 24/09/2020 - 21:50
The thing to do in instances like this is to make a report to IT. The report button is at the bottom of every page on the site.

I'll do it for you now.
Best regards, John

rickhanson

Link Posted 25/09/2020 - 11:45
Hi go4IT,

I've emailed you direct to try and help identify the issue.

All the best,

Rick

Lubbyman

Link Posted 25/09/2020 - 13:24
I was encountering it with some other websites, too, so it isn't a specific Pentaxuser issue. As far as I could tell from the filename in the Firefox 'What do you want to do with this file?' request, the files seem to be something to do with Google ads. Perhaps something was going wrong at their end?

Steve

JAK

Link Posted 25/09/2020 - 15:19
Lubbyman wrote:
I was encountering it with some other websites, too, so it isn't a specific Pentaxuser issue. As far as I could tell from the filename in the Firefox 'What do you want to do with this file?' request, the files seem to be something to do with Google ads. Perhaps something was going wrong at their end?

Steve

Have tou tried looking for Malware?
Perhaps Malwarebytes, and/or ADWCleaner might be worth a try or something similar.
Perhaps even a rogue Firefox addon? Try FF in safe mode to test for that.

If it happens again can you get a screen grab?
John K
Last Edited by JAK on 25/09/2020 - 15:23

Lubbyman

Link Posted 26/09/2020 - 16:01
JAK wrote:
Have tou tried looking for Malware?

Not at the time, but I didn't download the file when asked. It happened for a short while on 2 computers, one W8.1 the other W10, then stopped. All working OK since then, routine scans have been run (including ADWCleaner) and no sign of malware.

Steve

JAK

Link Posted 26/09/2020 - 18:50
Certainly a mystery.
John K

Lubbyman

Link Posted 26/09/2020 - 19:30
JAK wrote:
Certainly a mystery.

Just like life, the universe and everything...

Steve

redbusa99

Link Posted 26/09/2020 - 22:21
stopped using google on Firefox as i kept getting a blank page that could not be closed come up when closing down a search to start another. Gone over to Bing and no problems with that.
odd lens or 2

Flickr
Last Edited by redbusa99 on 26/09/2020 - 22:21
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