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What is this proxy - is it malware?


Pineman100

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I was prompted today to download the latest version of Norton Internet Security, which I did. During the installation process, I received the following report/dialogue box:

We have detected the proxy settings below on your computer.

http://iportal.dydus.org

I was then offered the choice of whether to continue using this proxy or not. I have never authorised the use of a proxy (and don't really understand what it is!), so I said no.

My questions are:

  1. What does a proxy do?
  2. Any idea what this particular proxy is? Is it malware?
  3. Did I do the right thing in telling the Norton installation to refuse it?
  4. Will this refusal see the end of it, or should I look for it elsewhere on my computer, too? If so, how should I do that?

Sorry - I think I've just requested an entire tutorial! But any and all advice would be very welcome, please.

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Jock1e

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If you use Internet Explorer try Internet options.Connections.Lan settings. and underneath automatically detect settings is use a proxy server.If there is anything on that remove it and make sure the box is unticked.

If that was the case update your security programs and give them a run.

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Nontek

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This first part is from another forum ... A proxy basically hides your IP address and lets you surf through the IP address of the server. A good proxy will offer other security features but this is the most basic thing you will need a proxy for.

That particular proxy is in part a source of filth and other stuff you would not want as far as I can ascertain - get rid!

Yes, you did the right thing.

I would run a full scan with MalwareBtyes or similar to be on the safe side.

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Pineman100

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Many thanks for your responses.

I use Firefox as my browser, so I'll try to find the same route that you have recommended for IE, Jock1e.

Nontek - that sounds like good advice, which I'll follow.

Thanks again.

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Pineman100

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OK, I've found the equivalent settings in Firefox, but I'd be very grateful for more advice, please.

The setting is headed Configure Proxy Settings For This Network.

The options are:-

  • No Proxy
  • Auto-detect proxy settings for this network
  • Use system proxy settings (this is currently activated)
  • Manual proxy configuration

Is it OK to have the third item activated, or should I change the setting to "No Proxy"?

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Nontek

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I also use Firefox - I have mine set to ... No Proxy.

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Jock1e

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Well there is this.

If you do not need to use a proxy to connect to internet then select No Proxy.

What way do you connect to the Internet.

A dial up connection would probably need a proxy server but any other way probably not.Hope I got that right.

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lotvic

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"Use system proxy settings (this is currently activated)" I had a look at mine and that's what I've got selected, although I have no idea why.

In IE for LAN I have got, 'Automatically detect settings' and for Proxy I don't have one (no green dot)

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Nontek

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You might find this interesting ...

re - dialup and proxy.

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