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    Infected again...any suggestions?

    So, my computer is infected again. I don't use IE anymore, and I've already tried spybot S+D and adaware to no effect. Anyone have some good suggetions for getting rid of an obnoxious virus? I really don't want to have to reinstall everything on my hard drive...again.

    Thanks in advance. -fingers crossed-

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    Lightbulb first option

    try searching the system32 root for any strange .dlls

    good luck

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    Just use some common sense and you won't be infected...

    1. Don't open files or accept warnings if you aren't sure that they're safe.
    2. Use antivirus software. I have Norton Antivirus but I hate it. It does its job though...
    3. Firewall. The built-in firewall in Windows XP is good enough.
    4. Display all e-mails as plain text. HTML e-mails are evil!
    5. Windows Update. Keep yourself updated.

    As for exactly how to get rid of it...it's hard to say. I figure Symantec and the other big antivirus companies have got some virus/worm removal utilities, if that's what's causing your problems.

    Searching the system32 folder for "strange dlls" is like looking for a needle in a haystack...a complete waste of time IMHO.

    Good luck!

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    Strange one of the best ways to kill these things in a PC is to turn off system restore, reboot, then restore system restore, many viruses live in the restore directory to ensure they can keep comming back even after adware etc.

    Or you could just go an buy a mac

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    Problem is....if everyone buys a mac to avoid virus/worm/trojan/whatever problems, all these things will start popping up on the mac too, and you're back in the same situation as you were before. I'm pretty sure that 99.9999% of all these problems could be avoided if people just used some common sense when they used their computers.

    I mean, in real life, do you really pick up a half-eaten, dirty burger from the street and put it in your mouth? Hopefully not. The Internet is a hazardous environment. Put on your protective suits before you go online!

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    Don't go to sites you don't know about and make sure you have a blockup stopper to avoid those damn installers, and beware of x rated sites....

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    stop downloading porn



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    "beware of x rated sites...."

    "stop downloading porn"



    Geez, why dont you just tell me not to plug my computer in at all.



    Seriously though, thanks for the advice guys. I'll give these suggestions a try.

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    Get AVG, it is waaaaaaaay better then norton... and free too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pontemonti
    I mean, in real life, do you really pick up a half-eaten, dirty burger from the street and put it in your mouth? Hopefully not. The Internet is a hazardous environment. Put on your protective suits before you go online!
    good analogy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pontemonti
    Problem is....if everyone buys a mac to avoid virus/worm/trojan/whatever problems, all these things will start popping up on the mac too, and you're back in the same situation as you were before. I'm pretty sure that 99.9999% of all these problems could be avoided if people just used some common sense when they used their computers.

    I mean, in real life, do you really pick up a half-eaten, dirty burger from the street and put it in your mouth? Hopefully not. The Internet is a hazardous environment. Put on your protective suits before you go online!
    hmmm... street-burger



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    Quote Originally Posted by Pontemonti
    I mean, in real life, do you really pick up a half-eaten, dirty burger from the street and put it in your mouth? Hopefully not. The Internet is a hazardous environment. Put on your protective suits before you go online!
    I don't disagree...but sometimes you make a mistake when that half eaten dirty burger was not picked up by yourself, but by a friend who unknowingly passed it to you after he took a bite himself. That's how I caught viruses on my computers these days.....sometimes they come from trusted sources, coz their trusted sources were dumb. Stupidity is contagious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prehistoric
    stop downloading porn

    LOL!, if i ever download porn i use limewire, which checks my downloads for infections and i have mcafee virus protection..so no worries for me...

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    The online scanners at www.trendmicro.com and panda are a good way to do an endrun around viruses that block installed antivirus progs (and there are a number that do that.) I would dump norton and mcafee and get AVG. The big commercial progs seem to be a lot slower to catch new viruses, believe it or not.

    Also..run a firewall. They can help you spot installed backdoors and whatnot when it alerts you that some prog you know you didn't install tries to call out.

    If you have a trojan...you might as well wipe and start over. Typically they do so much damage anyway that it's not worth the grief of trying to get rid of them.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denart
    good analogy
    Thanks - I've had a good teacher. I'm not used to it, though. We programmers are boring people who usually speak in X's and Y's...

    Quote Originally Posted by darth massacre
    I don't disagree...but sometimes you make a mistake when that half eaten dirty burger was not picked up by yourself, but by a friend who unknowingly passed it to you after he took a bite himself. That's how I caught viruses on my computers these days.....sometimes they come from trusted sources, coz their trusted sources were dumb. Stupidity is contagious.
    Yeah, you're right about that. Thing is...if you're really paranoid (which is usually a good thing to be when it comes to computers), you should make sure that the burger is properly sealed and that your pal can show you a receipt which says when/where/how this particular burger was bought. You want to be sure that no one has infected the burger in any way.
    Or if you don't want to be this paranoid you should get a devide that scans the burger for infections - if you get a green light from the device you can most likely eat the burger - no matter where it came from

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    muffinman, you can still get plenty of viruses and trojan horses and shit on limewire. limewire's not safe at all.

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    yeah. Limewire's a regular ol' of Babylon. I don't know if Limewire Pro is any better or not. File sharing in general is a pretty sketchy process as it is these days. It really is just better to get your music legally whether you agree with the RIAA's ethics or not.

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    use Linux <_< ...or have two systems running..:Windows for the Games and Linux for Internet and working usage. Regularly use Adaware and Spybot-search and destroy. Get yourself the free and VERY good Kerio Firewall (google). Set the Fox on Fire and get the newest updates should help you to prevend such problems in the future. and all of the good Software is for free (ironic isn`t it...the most expensive security-shi* dont brings whats needet but if its labeled with "For Free" you can get quality stuff...even when its sometimes hard to control for beginners...)

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    Exclamation guardian

    i found a cool preventiontool

    http://methlabs.org/

    this tool is called peerguardian witch automaticaly blocks unknown ips to
    support the firewall realy cool

    but with this any insecure connection will be denied / this is nothing for our pornfreaks around here

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    seems like ppl cant live without their porn.

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    here is how you can be sure to avoid viruses...

    1. Back up hardrive.
    2. Throw away your PC.
    3. Buy a MAC.
    HA!
    Sorry Chris, but I'm always down to talk a little shit 'bout this issue!
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    use a pop-up blocker. browsers like firefox and opera come with them built in. ever since i've been blocking pop-ups the amount of spyware/etc. has dwindled down to practically none.

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    Use a condom next time.


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    Whadda ya know, a blast from the past. Well "B", if you want to get me a new MAC, by all means be my guest. Otherwise I'll climb through your window and get myself a free one...

    P.S.- I know where you live...

    P.P.S.- I still haven't been able to solve my computer problems...










    aka porn addiction.

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    Get a Mac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prehistoric
    stop downloading porn

    ah well,there goes my day job....heh

    nah yeah common sense would be your best bet man..firefox works well enough for me.

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    First off, how do you know you are infected? We know that you are, but if you are a little more precise as to what it is that is happening to your pc some of us might be able to help.

    The reason I suggested the system restore route is because many viruses sit in your restore folder so even if you run spybot etc, once you restart the virus is back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pontemonti
    Searching the system32 folder for "strange dlls" is like looking for a needle in a haystack...a complete waste of time IMHO.

    Good luck!
    it just took me 5 minutes to delete them and i was free of it all ?!?!?!?!?
    and Adaware didnt removed it

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    Hi!!
    Step-By-Step Guide:

    1. google search for Trend Housecall.

    2.Run it (its a free online virus scanner) you may need to install a new java platform or run some active x but its a well respected safe site to use.

    3. Clean anything that has been infected, if it won't clean, write down the name and location of each infection.

    4. go to symantec.com and go to downloads. go to the virus removal tools section and search for any of the infections there.

    5. If you find any download the tool and follow the instructions given with it.

    6. restart computer etc

    7. google for a program called HijackThis

    8. close all runnning programs and run hijackthis. scan pc

    9. save the logfile

    10. go to cexx.org and go to forums/spyware removals

    11. post the logfile and ask for someone to check it.

    12. when someone tells the bad things in Hijackthis, you can run the program again and fix them.

    13. you should be all clean!!

    14. Install a virus scanner AND a firewall.

    15. If you want free ones, get AVG anti-virus and Black Ice defender firewall (i think its still free)

    16. Take some white rum, grenadine, tropical fruit juice and some triple sec, pour into a shaker (least expensive ingredients first), shake and serve with ice and give yoursself a pat on the back!!

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    How come you didn't mention if you have anti-virus software? The software you mentioned are all for spyware and adwares, virus is different. Make sure you scan everything you download with your anti virus software before run them. And keep auto protection on, and if you have latest windows and updates, you can turn on the personal firewall too.
    And when your anti spyware software detect and find some spyware, write down their name, and search for it in your registry (go to run> and type "regedit"). And delete it from the registry.
    And if worst senario happens that make you have to format the harddrive and reinstall everything, make sure you install the antivirus software, anti-spyware software first.

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