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huggy87
08-03-2004, 08:05 PM
I had never given much thought to internet security or spyware problems until recently. I had my computer hijacked today by software that would launch internet explorer (after starting the computer) and take you directly to porn sites. Not that I mind porn by any means, but I would be a little embarassed when my mother in law was using my computer. Further, this virus would remove many of your internet options and go to a full screen mode. I finally ran spy blocker and found I had 99 different spyware problems. I must have been naive, but hey not everyone is as honest as I am.

Anyway here is a great site for free spyblocker software.

http://www.pcanswer.com/articles/synd_spyware2003.htm

huggy87
08-03-2004, 08:05 PM
I had never given much thought to internet security or spyware problems until recently. I had my computer hijacked today by software that would launch internet explorer (after starting the computer) and take you directly to porn sites. Not that I mind porn by any means, but I would be a little embarassed when my mother in law was using my computer. Further, this virus would remove many of your internet options and go to a full screen mode. I finally ran spy blocker and found I had 99 different spyware problems. I must have been naive, but hey not everyone is as honest as I am.

Anyway here is a great site for free spyblocker software.

http://www.pcanswer.com/articles/synd_spyware2003.htm

FI WILLIE
08-03-2004, 08:38 PM
There is another very simple option. Use another browser such as Mozilla Firefox or Opera. I use Firefox for EVERTYHING except MS updates which have to be done via Internet Exploder.

These two browsers do not have the vulnerabilities to the **** you mentioned already programmed into them. (Thank you Mr Gates). They have a very small section of the browsing public so the script kiddies aren't wasting their time trying to write the stuff to rape your machine. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

They are very similar in appearance to IE and just a fully functional without the aforementioned headaches.

Slan'
Willie

huggy87
08-03-2004, 10:56 PM
Is firefox available as a free download?

Unfortunately, my problem is much worse than I realized. I can't get rid of these porn sites that are completely hijacking IE. Somehow they embedded software, that no matter how many times I shut it down in task manager, keep popping up again.

Arms1
08-04-2004, 03:01 AM
Here's the link for firefox, i have never been happier with a browser and now only use ie when absolutely necessary
http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/

you might also want to run this
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

and this
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/#free

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Yellonet
08-04-2004, 03:10 AM
Yep, Firefox is a really good browser, one great thing is that you can have several "tabs" with different web pages inside one window. just press Ctrl when clicking on a link, then you can move between the tabs with Ctrl+Tab (forward) Ctrl+Shift+Tab (backward). If you're using getright you'll need a plugin.. info can be found in the getright settings.

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JG7_Rall
08-04-2004, 03:42 AM
definatly get ad aware as well

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oisink
08-04-2004, 04:19 AM
I use both firefox and IE. I like firefox security wise but ive found it hangs my computer sometimes to such a degree that a cold boot is necessary to sort it out, especially on large downloads. Not good behaviour for a browser http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_mad.gif

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FI WILLIE
08-04-2004, 05:51 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>I like firefox security wise but ive found it hangs my computer sometimes to such a degree that a cold boot is necessary to sort it out, especially on large downloads.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Mine has never done that. I d/l movies from the movie forum sites regurlarly and those are some BIG files. Hope you can get that issue sorted out.

And Huggy, when you install firefox make it your default browser but do NOT uninstall IE. THere are some sites that will not work except with IE, MS UPDATES being the prime example. ADAWARE is a great program too.

Inadaze
08-04-2004, 06:01 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by huggy87:
Is firefox available as a free download?

Unfortunately, my problem is much worse than I realized. I can't get rid of these porn sites that are completely hijacking IE. Somehow they embedded software, that no matter how many times I shut it down in task manager, keep popping up again.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I had a similar thing happen 2 days ago, it turned out it was a Trojan. Try updating your virus checker and do a full scan.

Some decent free Antivirus software
http://www.grisoft.com/
or
http://www.free-av.com/

You can normally only have one Virus checker installed at a time.
Also a good Firewall helps keep that kind of stuff of the puter.

Hope it helps. ~ Inadaze

PS Try cleaning out all your cookies and temporary internet files, that might stop it

XyZspineZyX
08-04-2004, 07:39 AM
Turn off System Restore, run your antivirus and antispyware programs then reboot.

ZG77_Nagual
08-04-2004, 08:12 AM
I use spywareblaster and spybot in combination. Spybot to scan for existing infestations, spywareblaster to prevent new ones. it is important to keep both updates. Seem to work quite will.

LuckyBoy1
08-04-2004, 08:24 AM
Check out my Guide For Complete Users For the "must know" information on security and spyware issues.

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GT182
08-04-2004, 08:47 AM
SpySweeper and Spyware Blaster(free) are also good programs to use. They seem to pickup spyware that AdaWare doesn't.

Anyways, use more than just one spyware/adawre program to get all the little nasties out.

For a great firewall use ZoneAlarm, either the free version or Pro. If you get the free ZoneAlarm you will also get to use the trial version of Pro. When the trial runs out, in a few days you will get to use it again.

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h009291
08-04-2004, 08:52 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GT182:
For a great firewall use ZoneAlarm, either the free version or Pro. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes ... ZoneAlarm is a beauty. No more pop ups and eliminates te bastidge spywares from making a mess.

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jetsetsam
08-04-2004, 08:54 AM
Run adaware and spybot in safe mode too. No doubt they'll find more miners, if only from the porn sites you've been hijacked to.

jetsetsam
08-04-2004, 11:03 AM
I forgot. Run adaware in custom mode. click on everything to get more green dots and then run it. it checks more files this way

Scen
08-04-2004, 11:26 AM
Some good posts...

Just to add to the list.

I've been running Mozilla now for about a month and my systems is a lot cleaner but do understand Mozilla has it's security flaws as well.

I think the scubags mostly target popular browsers because it's easier to proliferate.

The one thing I wanted to warn you about is a really nasty Spyware/Adware/virus is called Coolwebsearch.

The current version is so bad all the above mentioned ad removal and spyware removal tools will not get rid of it. It won't even show up on virus checkers because it morphs. It's so nasty it continues to evade even the toughest ways of removal so beware of it...

I know because I'm going to have to wipe out my laptop because of it.

Scendore

WolfOWinter
08-06-2004, 12:08 AM
You know, web browers are not simple programs, and I'm the LAST person to defend micro$$$$, but most people use AIEEE (hell AOL imbedded it until lately, and probably still would have had they not merged with nutscrape). The more the people use a online program/OS, the more people (losers) attack it, and these programs have long passed the ability to be proven correct or safe.

So what does this tell you? PROTECT YOURSELF.

I run multiple anti spyware software, more than one anti virus software, more than one firewalls on 'puter at home. Hell, that may not be enough, but at least its something....


However, as more people switch to mozilla/firefox/netscape, more spyware/attacks will be built for them, so don't assume you are safe, you are not.

Mark

huggy87
08-08-2004, 10:38 AM
Thanks for all of the great advice. I plunked down 50 dollars for norton internet security. Between that and spybot I got rid of most of the problems. However, some cannot be deleted. They are detected fine, but will not let themselves be removed, either by norton or spybot. I cannot even manually delete them.

I switched to firefox as IE is all but unusable now. It seems, as scen mentioned earlier, that coosearch.biz has taken over. The annoying thing is that I will be in the middle of a game, and it will crash to desktop so a site about f'ing russian teens can pop up. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/51.gif I hope I don't have to wipe the whole computer because of it.

horseback
08-08-2004, 10:54 AM
I always turn off my modem before playing FB or doing something on the computer that doesn't need internet access. Unfortunately, the scum of the earth seem to be able to think of more ways to steal the use of other peoples' resources than honest people can anticipate, so a primary part of your security plan should be limiting unecessary access to the internet...

cheers

horseback

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stelr
08-08-2004, 11:28 AM
huggy87,

The same situation happened to me a few weeks ago, only the trojan would immediately take me to an online gambling site...can't remember the name. Anyway, none of the current spyware or pop-up blockers will work against these trojans. I finally rid my syaytem of them by following the precise instructions given to me by one of the moderators on the following site:

http://computercops.biz/

Computer Cops is a very responsive site and will get you fixed in a day or two of Q & A replies between you and a moderator. There are several critical pieces of software you'll need including, for starters "HyjackThis." It, as well as the others, are free downloads that analyze your system and provide the experts at Computer Cops the info they need to tell you step-by-step what to do.

WARNING!! DO NOT try to take the results of HyjackThis and rid yourself of the trojan. Many are lines of computer language in your Registry Files and you may delete a necessary file by mistake. The reason the other blockers and spy sweepers seem to fail is that the trojan file keeps changing its own name by having a line of code that regenerates the bug at each start-up...with a different name.

Insideous beast! It took me 3 days to finally get rid of it, but when complete, the guy at Computer Cops even had me run a separate check on my system to verify it was clean.

These guys are great! Good luck my friend.

v/r
Stel

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