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What is meant by a dialer?
Thread poster: Narasimhan Raghavan

Narasimhan Raghavan  Identity Verified
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Jul 20, 2003

In one of the postings a member has remarked that one particular job posting led to a dialer. The present assignment I am translating involves a German Website and here I saw the sentence "Ausserdem dürfen Sie keine Dialer, Popups und Weiterleitungen (bzw. Frames) auf der Seite haben". Thus I came across dialer twice within a short period. Can somebody clarify about the dialers? Why are they undesirable? I checked Google, almost all the German hits treat dialers as something to be guarded against, whereas the English hits do not seem to be so much hostile to them.

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Anne Seerup
Ireland
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My dialer experience Jul 20, 2003

Narasimhan Raghavan wrote:

In one of the postings a member has remarked that one particular job posting led to a dialer. The present assignment I am translating involves a German Website and here I saw the sentence "Ausserdem dürfen Sie keine Dialer, Popups und Weiterleitungen (bzw. Frames) auf der Seite haben". Thus I came across dialer twice within a short period. Can somebody clarify about the dialers? Why are they undesirable? I checked Google, almost all the German hits treat dialers as something to be guarded against, whereas the English hits do not seem to be so much hostile to them.


Dialers are indeed undesirable - I have also come across them at a couple of dodgy sites. It is a little program that installs itself on the computer and changes your internet settings if you have a dial-up connection. It changes the number you dial so that you go online dialling up some expensive sexline in often in a remote place like the Solomon islands etc. 20 dollars/minute etc. If not discovered that can lead to very high phonebills as in most cases the phone company takes no responsiblity. I discovered it straight away but then I had trouble deleting that program - it acted like a virus. So I ended up reinstalling windows and all.

There are several software packages on the market to protect against them - but I actually thought that my firewall took care of this - but no.

[Edited at 2003-07-20 07:23]

[Edited at 2003-07-20 07:25]


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Doru Voin  Identity Verified
Romania
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Dialer is malware Jul 20, 2003

Hi!
I work as Tech Writer for an antivirus producer. A dialer is a malware - a software program that is automatically and without the user's consent dialing a built-in phone numero(s). These dialers might be responsible for huge phone bills, as almost every time you will be dialing an international phone number and (worse) you might not be even aware of this if no popups are displayed, for instance.
Dialers are in the same category as Spyware. You should be careful what sites you are surfing and no, you should not rely on your firewall to stop dialers, but rather on a reliable antivirus product.
For dialer example, you might want to visit vil.nai.com/vil/content/v_100352.htm.

Regards from Bucharest,
Doru Voin


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OmniZed
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Ad-aware 6 Aug 29, 2003

This application is great for detecting and removing spyware/malware. It just removed a dailer from my system, as well as many other spyware files. Best of all, it is free! Check it out at ---> http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/

OmniZed
http://www.OmniZed.com


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PAS  Identity Verified
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This is a very important point Sep 26, 2003

Anne Seerup wrote:
It is a little program that installs itself on the computer and changes your internet settings if you have a dial-up connection.


If you have broadband and connect without using a modem, you have nothing to worry about.
Small consolation, but still...


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Narasimhan Raghavan  Identity Verified
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Thanks Sep 26, 2003

My sincere thanks to all those, who have responded not only in the forum but also through emails. I am happy to say that I have since then installed Ad-Aware and it is really useful and works without any fuss. I am having AVG antivirus protection. Yet so far 97 spywares have been identified and quarantined.
One thing I don't understand. If a person is running huge telephone bills, only the telephone company benefits. What does the introducer of the dialer get out of it?
Regards,
Narasimhan Raghavan


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