How did my avatar get changed?

Discussion in 'Talk Tennis Updates' started by PCXL-Fan, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. PCXL-Fan

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    It was weird i was using former user Buckethead's avatar as a joke for well over a month, then a few days ago that avatar disappears to be replaced with an empty box, then today I log on and I now have a transformers cartoon avatar. Did the moderators put this on because I really shouldn't be engaging in that tomfoolery or was I possibly hacked somehow or some other technical reason?

    on a side note I noticed that the edit button for me on the forum looks like one of those square barcodes with he word "John March" or something written on it
     
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  2. TW Staff

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    We will only erase avatars if they are offensive or violate other rules. Your avatar was not changed by moderation. Generally if we remove your avatar, you will be notified.

    If you have questions regarding moderation, please email. Also TW Questions and Comments is checked more often and we will respond more quickly in that forum than this one.

    Thank you,
    Tiffani, TW
     
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    My avatar has been changed again to something really disturbing. Please do not ban me. I've been a member for almost 5 years I do not want to lose membership privilege. Either there is something weird happening with the forum or there is someone accessing my forum account.

    I have a feeling I'm being hacked. Is there some way to determine if some other computer besides my own is accessing my account?

    Thank you very much.

    This banworthy avatar only seems to be occurring on google chrome. On internet explorer i am getting the normal buckethead avatar. But using chrome i get something quite terrible and not suitable for this site. It seems to change on a bi-daily basis.
    chrome: http: // tt.tennis-warehouse.com/image.php?u=28984&dateline=1349711669
     
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  4. diredesire

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    Sounds like bad images getting cached, OR malware. Can you click your username, dropdown to view your profile, and refresh a few times (or press Ctrl + Shift + R to force a full reload (bypass cache)).

    Does the bad image still show up on Chrome? Do the same for IE. Did you have to RE-upload your avatar? It is currently showing up as the buckethead avatar.

    If Chrome persists in showing you the image, run a scan like Microsoft Security Essentials, or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. I'd also check to see if you have any malicious chrome extensions running, and google around to see if/how it was installed.

    Hope this helps, and/or points you in the right direction. I didn't see anything suspicious in your IP log. However, if you had to manually change your avatar back, that's a different story.

    Edit: The link you posted shows the buckethead avatar.
     
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    I also use Chrome and see your buckethead avatar. DD offers some good advice.

    Tiffani, TW
     
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    Thank you very much diredesire and Tiffany looks like it was indeed a caching issue.
    I was just concerned because I was hacked by someone years ago, and nowdays you hear about people getting hacked and their forum accounts and social network sites get sabotaged.

    Once again thank you very much.
     
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