Thu Apr 14, 2016 05:12
Hi all ....I'm a first time poster and a long time fan. A big thanks to all who give so much of their time to make this the number one go to place for all things torrent. THANK YOU!
I created my account today because I want to share some things that might be important, and perhaps flag something that is going on out here that is beyond my level of understanding.
Let me begin by saying that my system is very secure. I'm not super super tech savy, but I'm not a dummy either. I use Firefox with a lot of strong add-ons, I run Kaspersky Total Security, Malwarebytes, and SuperAntiSpyware.
I also religiously use a VPN, IPVanish, and up until now, Tixati was my torrent client of choice.
This is what is happening, and the only thing I can figure is either Tixati or IPVanish has a hole. For the last several weeks when I start Tixati, IPVanish is disconnecting from my chosen server, leaving my home IP bare naked to the world. I immediately shut down Tixati.
It gets better. After this has happened, google searches from my firefox search window for whatever reason seem to think I am in the Netherlands, ie the search results are "google.nl".
This continues whether I am using my home IP or if I reset IPVanish to another server,say one in the U.S. I can restart Firefox and it still does it.
For those not familiar with IPVanish, the dashboard page has a world map and when you are connected, it shows you what city and country you are in. After the above happens, the IPVanish map shows (when I am NOT connected to one of their servers) my IP as being 18.104.22.168 and on some island off the west coast of Africa. Sao Tome and Principe. IPVanish customer service has told me there is no server there, and even if there was, when I am logged out of IPV, my IP address should be my home. And it usually is.
Soooo..... somehow or the other, my connection is being hijacked; if thats what its referred to as in tech circles. I have uninstalled Tixati completely and re-installed. Same thing happens.... but mind you, it doesn't happen all the time, only occasionally.
I'm not really whining or complaining, F*** em...., but it does intrigue me as to whats going on. I switched up tonight to Deluge and if it happens again I will update here. If its not Tixati, the it has to be IPVanish. We shall see.
Any comments from the super tech savy brain trusts that understand hacking would be greatly welcome. Lifelong learning keeps your life long. Peace all. -VZ