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Old 19. Mar 2015, 04:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Unusual activity

So I'm deep in the throes of persistent paranoia.

First and maybe not so mysterious is my email shuts down for seven hours,
no access. No problem at provider in my state. When I finally get on I have two bounced emails with the message: Code 475, unusual activity detected.
No unusual activity I can see, nothing i have not done before many times.
Tech support has no answer.

Second I go on Youtube to look at some old archive videos of the Irtish Uprising
in 1916 on St. Patrick's Day. On at least on three of the videos I get a large
message "TRACKING" that runs across the screen and along with that some
beeping noises that sound like what one would get on a telephone.
Never happened before on this type of material or any other for that matter.

I've tired hard today to get some sort of explanation on Youtube and Google but nothing even close.

Any ideas? I've had illegal credit card charges so I am concerned.

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Old 19. Mar 2015, 05:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've had illegal credit card charges so I am concerned.
This in itself screams a hack attack of some sort.

Where I live (Brazil) there are more hackers than a dog has fleas and I personally know of several who have had fraudulent CC charges applied after their WiFi was hacked.

Even if your system scans clean, this might not be how they are stealing your data.

At the very least I would use a live session of Linux to change your important passwords.
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Old 19. Mar 2015, 05:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hugheen, if you frequently face such problems, then my suggestion is that you should seek the help of a local professional technician there. If possible, get your computer formatted and install fresh Windows. That will make sure that whatever malware (if any) is there, then that is removed. Then, make sure you have proper antivirus, and other security features installed on your system with a safe browser with proper security extensions.

For banking and other such sensitive purposes... perhaps you should learn to use Linux live CDs, where you boot the computer from a CD/DVD, do your banking work, and then log off, and then your normal system for daily work.

All these suggestions because most of the time, what you describe, would be best diagnosed by someone who can see your system and see for himself the problems you write about.

The descriptions you write for your problems are not understandable otherwise.

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First and maybe not so mysterious is my email shuts down for seven hours, no access. No problem at provider in my state. When I finally get on I have two bounced emails with the message: Code 475, unusual activity detected.
No unusual activity I can see, nothing i have not done before many times.
Tech support has no answer.
You haven't told here, which email service are you talking about. You need to provide proper details of your problem so that it can be understood by everyone.

On my search, I found this code to be associated with Yahoo email. So, is that Yahoo you are talking about? If yes, then several users have reported this problem with Yahoo. In one of the replies by Yahoo to one of them, they said that if they had any website links in their signature, it can cause such problems.

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Second I go on Youtube to look at some old archive videos of the Irtish Uprising in 1916 on St. Patrick's Day. On at least on three of the videos I get a large message "TRACKING" that runs across the screen and along with that some beeping noises that sound like what one would get on a telephone. Never happened before on this type of material or any other for that matter.
Again, the issue is not clear. Maybe you should take a screenshot and post it.

"Tracking" was running inside the video screen or on your browser? Sounds were in the video, or from your system?

You need to provide proper details.

Which browser do you use? What version? What extensions do you have? Which antivirus do you have on your system? What is the version of your Windows?

That's why my suggestion is to take help locally.
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Old 19. Mar 2015, 04:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Second I go on Youtube to look at some old archive videos of the Irtish Uprising
in 1916 on St. Patrick's Day. On at least on three of the videos I get a large
message "TRACKING" that runs across the screen and along with that some
beeping noises that sound like what one would get on a telephone.
Never happened before on this type of material or any other for that matter.
Could you post the URL of these videos you were looking at? I would like to open them and see if I have the same issues you described.
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Old 24. Mar 2015, 03:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you Anupam and Midnight Cowboy for your responses. I've solved the "unusual activity"
mystery, (not very mysterious). I'm on two forums, not large may 40 people each and I send out emails to both on occasion. For some reason an automatic process in Frontier mail interprets this as possible spam and shuts email down. This is new because I've been using the forums for years. I deliberately send out two rounds of emails to both in about ten minutes and sure enough down went the email. A nuisance but I'll have to learn to live with it or change email providers.

The other "tracking" issues is more problematic to me since there doesn't seem to be any
reasonable response to it, in fact, I did a long hard search on Google and came up with nothing.

I'm using an Acer mini-tower and XP (yeah, I know). I only use it for Youtube videos, sports events, etc. on a large Samsung monitor. The videos were archived ones from the Irish Uprising
They ran find but on three of them I got the "tracking" and "beeps" I went back on a subsequent day and ran them again no tracking or beeps.

I thought somehow that they were from the videos but that seems unlikely given three different videos. I'll do some further checking to see if they were from the same source and let you know and will provide the requested URL.

Disturbing but interesting.

Thanks again.

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Old 24. Mar 2015, 06:58 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Hugheen, you have not replied directly to any of the questions that were asked to you.

If you want people to help you, you need to pay attention to what was asked, and you need to provide answers. Otherwise, it is difficult for anyone to help you.

Name of your email service provided was asked, but you did not give a direct reply to it. You mentioned the service though, so I am guessing it's Frontier Mail. I checked, and that mail service is hosted on Yahoo. So, as I wrote in my post earlier, it is possible that the mails you are sending are being considered as spam. I will repeat again, do you have a signature in your email that contains any links? Or, the email service itself might be adding its link to the emails you send.

If this issue continues, get in touch with the email service.

Joe had asked you for the URL... you haven't shared it.

I had asked about your browser, version, extensions, antivirus... you haven't replied to any of them.
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Old 24. Mar 2015, 12:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yes. I agree with Anupam. Hugheen, I believe you started at least one other thread with a similar issue. You keep saying you see suspicious activity and how paranoid you are but you don't really provide any specific information that others could use to see if they experience the same thing you did. We ask you for some info that we believe would help us better understand or solve the issue but you don't seem to hear us. How do you expect others to help you if you don't answer their questions or provide them with the information they need? How do you expect others to help you if you don't help them to help you?
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