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Old 03-04-2014, 07:03 AM
 
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Those USB Wi-Fi adapters for your desktop Google machine may not be a secure connection. I've been hacked on two computers and this device is the common denominator. My Wi-Fi-ready laptop hasn't been affected.
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Old 03-04-2014, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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There is really ZERO difference between USB WiFi adapter or built in adapters. The technology is the same where hacking is concerned. HOW the adapter is connected (internally vs USB) makes no difference.
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Hacked is a very misused word. I have doubts about your person machine being "hacked".

There is however one other common denominator.
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:43 AM
 
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Hacked is a very misused word. I have doubts about your person machine being "hacked".

There is however one other common denominator.
Well, "hacked", "infected', whichever. I keep getting various warnings like "Identity theft attempt detected" or "Firewall has blocked a program from accessing the internet" and it is recommended that I activate Windows Antivirus Suite for $99.95. Otherwise, I seem to be screwed. So you tell me, the common denominator here is the USB adapter.
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Well, "hacked", "infected', whichever. I keep getting various warnings like "Identity theft attempt detected" or "Firewall has blocked a program from accessing the internet" and it is recommended that I activate Windows Antivirus Suite for $99.95. Otherwise, I seem to be screwed. So you tell me, the common denominator here is the USB adapter.
You are the common denominator. Your browsing habits, installed security software, version of Windows, installed security updates, browser, etc.

Those messages are coming from a piece of spyware already on your computer. These things don't get installed by having a certain brand of hardware on the machine, they come from clicking adds, downloading things, visiting websites, etc.
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:36 AM
 
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Well, "hacked", "infected', whichever. I keep getting various warnings like "Identity theft attempt detected" or "Firewall has blocked a program from accessing the internet" and it is recommended that I activate Windows Antivirus Suite for $99.95. Otherwise, I seem to be screwed. So you tell me, the common denominator here is the USB adapter.
No, YOU (and your computer) are the common denominator. Your machine is infected with malware, nothing to do with any wi-fi adapter.
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Old 03-04-2014, 01:54 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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That's like hearing shi-tty radio music and blaming it on the antenna.
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:15 PM
 
Location: northwest Illinois
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That's like hearing shi-tty radio music and blaming it on the antenna.
Great analogy there, and I mirror the others opinion as well. I don't what the Op is using for a browser, but I STRONGLY suggest Firefox with the addon's Noscript, Adblock and Ghostery. This will keep the crappy adware from infecting your machine, and they're FREE.
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Old 03-04-2014, 03:40 PM
 
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DubyaM, you are right, don't listen to Skunk or NHDave, the USB Wi-Fi adapter is the culprit here.
After you get your machine cleaned up, make sure to disconnect the USB Wi-Fi adapter and leave it disconnected!
I guarantee you, you will never get "hacked" again!
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Old 03-04-2014, 04:15 PM
 
Location: northwest Illinois
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DubyaM, you are right, don't listen to Skunk or NHDave, the USB Wi-Fi adapter is the culprit here.
After you get your machine cleaned up, make sure to disconnect the USB Wi-Fi adapter and leave it disconnected!
I guarantee you, you will never get "hacked" again!
Why do you think the USB wi-fi adapter is ANY different from the internal wi-fi radio in a laptop?? The ONLY difference is the connection point, the fact that it's physically external and may have a better antenna. You are mistaken if you think that's the reason he was hacked...
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