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    Default Browser Hijack opens torrent process?

    Lately my net connection became slow and showed some weird behaviour.

    I did a
    Code:
    lsof -I
    and It showed me an open Ktorrent process.

    Also access from Chromium to amazonaws and some other unknown pages.

    I deleted the chromium folder under .config and restarted the computer and the Ktorrent process does not reappear so far.

    Code:
    lsof -i
    also made me aware of the Firefox plug in that turned bad (show IP)

    How can chromium get hijacked to start a torrent process?

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    Default Re: Browser Hijack opens torrent process?

    On Wed, 21 May 2014 01:06:01 +0000, max spam wrote:

    > How can chromium get hijacked to start a torrent process?


    It's probably not that it was "hijacked" but rather that the default
    action when clicking a torrent file was to use ktorrent as the default
    application for .torrent files.

    If you shared some information about your system - like the version of
    openSUSE you're using and the desktop environment you're using, someone
    might be able to point you in the right direction to see what the default
    application is for those files.

    Jim
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    Default Re: Browser Hijack opens torrent process?

    Although it's more likely that what @hendersj described is what happened, it's not outside the realm of possibility that some kind of adware or other malformed code might have invoked a ktorrent process.

    The only diff is that @hendersj described a voluntary, manual process whereas depending on your browser and system permissions, you may be allowing such a process to run without notification. If you define "hijacked" as something that is happening without your knowledge or notification, maybe you should re-inspect permissions (and whatever is being downloaded).

    TSU

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    Default Re: Browser Hijack opens torrent process?

    OpenSUSE 13.1, 64

    I did not start any torrent process in Chromium. I use firefox DTA to download.

    only 6 pages opened.
    gmail, gdrive, gdocs, homepage, web3.qq.com, and google

    Only addon ADP.

    There was also a connection to amazonaws opened by chomium

    My internet connection was terrible slow for a quite long.

    After deleting .config/chromium folder, the torrent process did not reappear and my internet connection ist quite fast again, so I would see it as a hijack

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    Default Re: Browser Hijack opens torrent process?

    On Thu, 22 May 2014 09:06:01 +0000, max spam wrote:

    > After deleting .config/chromium folder, the torrent process did not
    > reappear and my internet connection ist quite fast again, so I would see
    > it as a hijack


    Glad you solved the issue, perhaps a plugin was doing something you
    didn't expect.

    Jim



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