Where is this porn coming from?

My normal morning routine is to stumble down the stairs, sit down in front of the computer, and type in http://www.str . … and let Netscape take care of finnishing http://www.straightdope.com. A couple days ago Netscape started completing http://www.str . . with http://www.stripclub . . . (not gonna finish the url, but it isn’t very original). Now, I am the only one that uses that computer. My husband has his own computer, and in any case denies having been to such a site, or any porn site in the last few weeks. (note: I am not the type to get missish about porn, so it’s not like he has any reason to lie to me. It is a boring commercial porn site, not a goat-fletching extravagandza.) I do not have ICQ or anything like that on my computer, where one might accidently click on urls. I delete all email from people I don’t know unopened.

So how did such a site get into my history? Could I have been visiting some totally non-porn site and had it somehow insert itself? There was a guy in the Pit a few weeks ago who had bookmarks appear mysteriously after he had visited a porn site. Could this be something similiar?

I am not really angry about this or anything, just confused. How can such a thing happen? Are there things I can do to avoid this sort of thing? (I don’t want a goat-fletching extravagandza to be the next thing to appear.)

Clear your browser’s History, for a start. This is a list of all the sites that you’ve recently visited or typed in. Clear your cookies, clear the cache, clear the temp file.
This should solve the immediate problem. Web sites can insert LOTS of information into your computer-what this sounds like is a persistent cookie that redirects to a few sites. Download Web Washer or Ad-aware and run them periodically.

I don’t particularly care that it wants to send me to a porn site: what I really want to know is 1) what site did this and 2) how do I keep it from happening again with something that could be criminal. I would rather keep my cookies if I can. Sometimes they are quite convinient. I haven’t visited anything but boring, reputable sites lately, which is why I find this disturbing. Any non-porn site that would allow a porn site to piggyback into my browser . . . I find that unbelivably tacky, and I would hate to think it might be somebody I was doing business with.

Oh, and thanks for the reply . . . I forgot that part!

It might be that you went to another website (even accidently) that contained an ad served from that site. I can’t say for sure that Netscape would put an URL “discovered” that way into the “auto-completion” history, but that’s a possibility. AFAIKT, it doesn’t happen with IE.

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Don’t worry. It’ll only seem kinky the first time…

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Your sig seems to be part of the discussion.

It might add it to the history if the site was a popup window. You probably closed the window at once, but the record remained.

Who’s talking porn? I’m talking IRL… :smiley:

Now I’m wondering what this porn is coming on.

Marc

As a matter of interest, if you do all this through your browser, it will not clear your immediate problem. Netscape will continue to store and use in its autocompletion for url’s even after you clear cache, cookies and history through the Edit/Preferences function. To get rid of all this, you have to delete your nescape.hst file from your user directory. Don’t worry, it will regenerate itself, minus pesky unwanted websites.

As a matter of interest, if you do all this through your browser, it will not clear your immediate problem. Netscape will continue to store and use in its autocompletion for url’s even after you clear cache, cookies and history through the Edit/Preferences function. To get rid of all this, you have to delete your nescape.hst file from your user directory. Don’t worry, it will regenerate itself, minus pesky unwanted websites.