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Apr 26, 2000, 09:48 PM
 
While cruising through my HD, I came along and noticed that I have a preferences file called "Jessika Preferences" and it was a SimpleText document, and not a regular preferences file. Inside the file is the follwing text:

"jessika prefers to crush the life out of her husband and my best friend.
her selfish psychotic monsterous juvenile actions have permanently damaged him as well as emptying my faith
my admiration of justice remains, she's just forever in c-attle."

I am concerned I picked up a virus or trojan. Has anyone seen this before?



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Apr 26, 2000, 09:58 PM
 
well did you scan your HD using Virex or whatever?
     
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Apr 26, 2000, 10:43 PM
 
Yes I did, and it came up clean. Doesn't mean that I didn't catch a new virus, though.....
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Apr 26, 2000, 11:10 PM
 
true enough... hey what is the creation/modification date on that file? is it new-ish?

come to think, i know what the modification date is... doh

[This message has been edited by wlonh (edited 04-26-2000).]
     
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Apr 27, 2000, 05:06 AM
 
hmm… I've found an *invisble* file called "Date Preferences" in there.
Part of the file reads: […]"The Recreational Software Advisory Council rating service. Based on the work of Dr. Donald F. Roberts of Stanford University, who has studied the effects of media on children for nearly 20 years."[…]
It goes on to list categories such as "Violence;Conflict

[This message has been edited by lycaon (edited 04-27-2000).]
     
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Apr 27, 2000, 05:12 AM
 
…";Harmless conflict; some damage to objects", etc.
Wonder what the *HECK* that's all about?!!
Anyways, I locked the file to see what happens (figured that if I trashed it, it may just get replaced). Didn't find any "Jessika Preferences", but thanks for calling my attention to the possibility of strange prefs.

(don't know why, but couldn't post all this into my first post above)
     
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Apr 27, 2000, 06:47 AM
 
"Date preferences" is created by Microsoft Internet Explorer.
I would simply trash "Jessika Preferences", I don't know this file and I don't have it.

     
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Apr 27, 2000, 07:16 AM
 
Thanks Flurk,

But why would IE create such a strange file? And why would it be invisible? Any info would be appreciated.
     
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Apr 27, 2000, 08:14 AM
 
IE has that "Ratings" panel in it. It allows you to select to block out certain websites based on content. It contains the same text that you described in the preference file.

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Apr 27, 2000, 02:34 PM
 
Thanks Simon,

Now I understand
     
   
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