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Any seen this?

I was running some VB 6.0 code through the IDE today and when I clicked on the Toolbar on the main form all that showed up were grayed out buttons with the label "Hack Alert".  So I paniced and checked my firewall and ran a virus scanner all to no avail.  I then thought someone hacked my project.  So i searched through it for "Hack" plus a couple other phrases and nothing turned up.

Has anyone seen this?  What is it?

Saturday, November 8, 2003

Did you run your anti-virus lately? :-)

Frederic Faure
Saturday, November 8, 2003

Have you used a 3rd party component in your VB6.0 project ?

Saturday, November 8, 2003

Google for

hackalert and  MSCOMCTL.OCX


hackalert and Toolbar

Doesn't say why it happens, but it might give you a direction to investigate.

Chris Altmann
Saturday, November 8, 2003

My guess is that a coder at Microsoft added this text as a "hack" or an improper way to code something (they hacked it together) and sometimes it just shows up in your program.  I'm just glad it's not a virus.

Saturday, November 8, 2003

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