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Posted on 07/07/2007 1:08:19 PM PDT by MotleyGirl70
As of yesterday I'm getting an unbelievable amount of Micrsoft Internet Explorer "search results" (which I never searched). Before I rebooted five minutes ago I had about 20 and I didn't even have MIE open.
I'm getting this message:
The instruction at "Ox44ooaccc" reference memory at "Ox4400accc". The memory could not be "read". Click on "Ok" to terminate the program.
I don't click click on "Ok" because more crazy warnings come up. I just close it out by clicking the "X".
Then I get MIE websearch homepages for:
www.rewardamazon.com (about six times)
Plus many others.
I've never visited any of these sites and they popped up all within a matter of ten seconds.
This has never happened before.
BTW, yes I'm logged in so don't ask :)
Go to www.download.com and get (both free) Spybot Search & Destroy and AdAware SE. Once downloaded and installed, do “check for updates” in each package, and then run them. Whatever they find.......let ‘em delete them.
Ping me if you have any questions whatsoever on how to set them up, etc.
What he said...
You clearly have virus/spyware attack in progress.
Spyware attack...run Spybot S&D and Ad-aware...if you don’t have them, get them.
Once you get clean - STAY clean.
Get Mozilla Firefox if you don’t already have it.
Don’t allow cookies - unless you know the website.
also download SpyWare Blaster. it stops that junk from even getting on your puter. :) (be sure and update often!)
Get root !
You’ve got some adware on your machine.
I'm working on it now.
"Don't worry - I've had my shots."
Good advice so far- also, if it’s not already, get your machine behind a hardware firewall.
How? Set up a home network— the router will block an amazing amount of this junk.
Just to be sure you have gotten everything? Run one or two of these online scanners:
I also second the Firefox recommendation. Firefox does a much better job at keeping junk off your PC than IE in the first place - probably tenfold.
Take a look at what's check marked there. If you don't need it, uncheck it, click Apply and OK when finished. Those items with check marks are things which are starting up every time you boot your machine.
bump for later
Go to Lavasoft.com and download the free version of Ad-aware. Run the program and it will clean out your disk of spyware. If that doesn’t cure the problem, ping me back.
Install THIS, and say goodbye to those problems forever...
I also highly recommend a tool called System Mechanic. You have to buy it, but........it’s phenomenal. I have it on every system in our home (and we have a LOT of computers in a family of 9).
Just two of its many features/functions are worth the purchase price: it’s system registry cleaner and “startup manager”, which applies a nice interface to do what jdm was suggesting. It displays onscreen every program that loads on startup and makes it a snap to see what needs to go and remove them. It also has numerous other functions, but do check it out. Worth every penney.
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