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Since I built this thing this past february, my computer has been pretty much trouble free. Since the beginning I had an anti-virus program and ad-aware on my PC, and ran them 2 - 3 times a week. I never had a problem w/ viruses, spyware, or popups. Recently though, things have gotten out of control. I'd say about a week and a half ago I got Doom 3 in the mail and went to install and got an error message. I discovered the source of this message was some things in the install shield were not enabled. They got turned off when I went under msconfig is disabled all the programs the start on bootup except the necessary ones. So I enabled normal bootup. Since then its been crazy. Once the computer restarted itself, my virus scanner picked up 8 viruses! Ad-aware got around 80 spyware programs! They never picked these things up in my previous scans and I have no idea why. In addition I get a ton of pop-ups, I installed some free pop-up blocker tool, which ironically seems to be cause more of them. I get popups when IE isn't even open. I get links to websites in my favorites folder and on my desktop, and IE freezes and locks ups all the time. Took me about 5 minutes to type all this and 4 popups came up during that time. If i walk away from the computer for a half hour i gotta close down about 25 of them. This is a nig pain in the ass, are there any (free) programs out there besides the ones I have that can look for the crap that is causing all this and get rid of it?
 

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That sounds like Data miner and I have not found anything to get rid of it. I had to by a pop up blocker and that works but the adware and spyware will keep coming back. I also refromated the computer but that also didnt work. I bought a bounch of ad and spyware killers and they seem to be keeping it to a minuim.
 

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Update your windows install, spyware software, and anti virus programs. Then turn off system restore, run them all, restart and then enable system restore.

This will get rid of most of the crap, as if you don't turn off system restore, they will come back at each restart.

Adaware, kerio, and AVG are good free programs. Also the google toolbar does a good job of keeping pop-ups at bay. Also, if you ever visit a site that requires you to `authorise` them (the window that pops up, asking if you will accept all data from this company) just say NO! Unless you know the company 100% (Microsoft, Quicktime) then just say no. I clicked yes ONCE, and had those problems, had to do what i outlined above, they even installed porno links in my favorite folder!


Good luck dude, and if all fails, do a fresh format/ reinstall of your OS.
 

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firefighter81 said:
My solution to any and all computer problems:

FORMAT

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from what I've heard that doesn't help much!

I found this to be a really helpful page
http://computercops.biz/print-1-56914.html

Appearantly this is a IE exploit. I just cleaned this from someones system
was work but it's gone now no reformat...

Appearantly it's a hidden .Dll file that you cannot read anyway you try on
your sys..
If a part of it is missed it repropogates under a new name! Evil! :a2
you have to use about 3 different programs to help remove this
problem...

But the problem will reappear if "cultural" issues are not resolved..
I hear it gets in by non updated IE6 exploit & i no password is enabled
it is easier for it..

yeah maybe format... if lost by any of this.. :eek:
 

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My computer is brand new and I'll tell you what works for me. Zero viruses, zero adware, never had a popup on this thing unless it's been loaded directly off a website. And I've got cable modem too, which is an open door.

I've got the package that came with the computer...which is the Norton virusscanner, and the most important part: Norton Internet Security.

I will SWEAR by this program, it's a godsend. Since it's been installed, it has blocked maybe 30 attempts from various IPs to access my computer. It has also blocked around 20 trojan horses from getting into my IP address. I had no idea the internet was CRAWLING with these things until I got this program...I guess that explains why all my brand new computers before this one ran like ass in just a few months. This one is still as fast as the day I've bought it and has crashed to the point that it froze, only once in the past 4 months. Not bad eh?

I'm telling ya...Norton Internet Security. It kicks ASS, and at the same time it won't firewall you so quick that it keeps you from using the internet normally. It'll just ask you when something attempts to connect out, and you can choose to allow it or block it, and then it will memorize those decisions and create a rules file for allowed programs. :headbang
 

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Get rid if IE first off, try Mozilla or something like that. NO pop ups and much more secure than IE


just my .02

God Bless
Seth
 

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Make sure you go into your system settings and turn off your messenger service. A lot of bastards now use windows messenger to send popups...
 

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Make sure you go into your system settings and turn off your messenger service. A lot of bastards now use windows messenger to send popups...
Son of a bitch! I never had this installed on my computer before, until I installed the software for my DV camcorder a week and a half ago as well, which uses windows messanger to send and recieve the video! Man I am pissed. :mad: Turning it off as we speak.
 

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I will SWEAR by this program, it's a godsend. Since it's been installed, it has blocked maybe 30 attempts from various IPs to access my computer. It has also blocked around 20 trojan horses from getting into my IP address.
Norton utilities are RUBBISH! They suck up a hell of a lot of system resources, and don't even TRY to uninstall them. Those programs alone have caused 3+ formats for me. I posted on a geek computer help site (yep im a geek :twofinger ) about these tools, and was told the free versions are much better. I'm now running AVG, Kerio, and Adaware, with the google pop-up blocker. Fine, and this PC is FAST without Norton dragging it down.

OH, and those messages you are getting, when I had Norton, used to get the error message of a `IP trying to gain access to your system` around 30 times a day, and the trojan messages, although these ones were less frequent. The problems behind those error messages are stupid assed script kiddies scanning IP ranges. Granted, it's cool to be able to search the IP, and find out exactly where it came from, US govt film style.

The reason Norton shows such messages is to scare the user into giving a "Oh my god, what would I do without Norton??" kind of attitude. To make it look as if their product is actually doing something useful.
They are asshats, using slow ass products and securing users with scare monger tactics. :twofinger As you can see I hate Norton.
 

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*** follow these instructions in order. They are in order for a reason!

1) install sygate firewall, it's free http://smb.sygate.com/products/spf_standard.htm

2) after it's installed it will ask everytime a program asks to connect to the net. If you aren't sure, do a google search about the program. If you can't find anything block access to that program!

3) update ad-aware, and download spybot and update it. http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

4) go to add/remove programs and delete programs you did not install. Believe it or not, some spyware actually does uninstall :) (not many).

5) reboot into safe mode! run ad-aware and spybot and fix every thing they find. Alot of spyware locks and hides their files, among other things. Safe mode makes it more likely that these two programs can actually delete the problem files.

6) let the computer set for an hour or so while still connected to the net. No popups then it's probably fixed. skip to 10). If not continue...

7) download the attached program (find-all) and run it. Email me the text file it creates. Find-All will produce a list of running processes and a list of locked and hidden files (i.e., spyware files).

8) depends on 7

9) depends on 7

10) assuming winXP Start>settings>control panel>administrative options> services. Go down till you see Messenger on the left. Right click and choose properties. A new box pops up. Click "stop" and change the drop down to "disable". click apply and close that screen.

11) download spyware blaster, install, update and enable all protection
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

12) open spybot and choose advance view. on the left edge click "tools". Click "IE tweaks". Check "Lock hosts file" and "lock IE start page".

13) send me $75 and a Christmas card.
 

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SP2 automatically disables Messenger - one of the many security problems fixed. I have had Norton software since 2000 (currently have 2002 version) and have never had any problems with it. I do not receive the (what appears to be) annoying popup windows notifying you of a security occurance, but they may due to my routers firewall that eliminates most threats. :idunno I do know that I have NEVER had a virus. The Messenger security gap caused me to get the massive popups that everyone else is enduring, but that was allieviated by formating the HD and loading the SP2 update. I have not had to use Spyware or Ad-aware since. I do use the Google Bar for a popup blocker and it works flawlessly on non-Java created popups.

Good luck with whatever you do, this is an account of what works for me. :)
 

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My computer at home pretty much has aids,kind of like that simpsons episodes where they declare mr.burns to have every disease,but its balanced,lol.
I got so many viruses they all work in conjunction :twofinger
Im just waiting for the day it gets pushed over the edge.
 

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Lol...well all I can say about my experience with Norton is that, every computer before this one that didn't have it...died. Slowly, lingering....like a cancer. A horrible, horrible cancer. This new computer...runs as good as the day I booted it up. And it's still LIGHTNING fast...course, maybe the 3.0 Ghz P4 HT processor, 512 mb of ram, and 128mb vid card are compensating for Norton hogging resources. :lol :twofinger
 

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Deputy thanks for that very informative reply. Unfortunatly, things did not work out very smoothly, I downloaded and installed the programs you specified, but I was not able to log back onto my computer. I took me about 15 attempts to first log on this morning, finally get on, then read your posts, and install the programs. When I restarted the computer in diagnostic mode it did not allow my to log on once again, giving me errors that windows was not verified and other fatal errors which either froze the computer or booted me back to the login screen. I tried repairing windows, worked the first time but not afterwords. I am really kicking myself because I could have easily burned my hundreds of saved digital pictures, mp3s, and other important files on CDs, but I did not, they are all but a memory now. After a few hours of frustration exhausting trial and error I booted the computer from the winXP CD and allowed it to reformat my harddrive. Hey if I was going down, I was going to take all the spyware, viruses, and data miners with me. So now I starting off once again with a clean slate. My computer runs a little better now and nothing crashes or freezes. No popups! I got stuff blocking and searching for all this crap now making its way to my computer. Thanks to everyone that offered their help and advice.
 
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