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FR ^ | 0707/07 | MotleyGirl70

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.play65.com

www.rewardamazon.com (about six times)

www.musicplustv.com

www.whichcelebrityareyou.com

www.consumerpromotions.com

www.paidmarketingpanel.aavalue.com

www.arn.aavalue.com

www.moneyinaclick.com

www.sportsbook.com

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.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: microsoft; spyware; windows
Any help as to how to how to get rid of this is appreciated.

BTW, yes I'm logged in so don't ask :)

1 posted on 07/07/2007 1:08:20 PM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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To: MotleyGirl70

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.


2 posted on 07/07/2007 1:11:15 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: RightOnline; MotleyGirl70

What he said...

You clearly have virus/spyware attack in progress.


3 posted on 07/07/2007 1:12:25 PM PDT by agent_delta (I AM ANYBODY)
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To: MotleyGirl70

Spyware attack...run Spybot S&D and Ad-aware...if you don’t have them, get them.


4 posted on 07/07/2007 1:12:26 PM PDT by JRios1968 (Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that God will. - Ben Stein)
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To: agent_delta

jinxx


5 posted on 07/07/2007 1:13:06 PM PDT by JRios1968 (Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that God will. - Ben Stein)
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To: MotleyGirl70

Also...

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.


6 posted on 07/07/2007 1:14:20 PM PDT by agent_delta (I AM ANYBODY)
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To: JRios1968

Brian Shares.


7 posted on 07/07/2007 1:15:01 PM PDT by agent_delta (I AM ANYBODY)
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To: MotleyGirl70

also download SpyWare Blaster. it stops that junk from even getting on your puter. :) (be sure and update often!)

http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html


8 posted on 07/07/2007 1:16:44 PM PDT by ferri (Be Politically Incorrect: Support the Constitution!)
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To: MotleyGirl70
Get root !

9 posted on 07/07/2007 1:18:19 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (you shall know that I, YHvH, your Savior, and your Redeemer, am the Elohim of Ya'aqob. Isaiah 60:16)
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To: MotleyGirl70

You’ve got some adware on your machine.


10 posted on 07/07/2007 1:23:14 PM PDT by Darksheare (The Windows Error dialog box. Windows' way of saying, "Look at ME!")
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To: MotleyGirl70
LOL Also download HijackThis and follow the help guide. I've been swatting at the same adware fly for the last two days.


11 posted on 07/07/2007 1:26:10 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Fred in '08. Deal with it.)
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To: RightOnline; JRios1968; All
Thanks for your replies!

I'm working on it now.

12 posted on 07/07/2007 1:31:08 PM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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To: agent_delta; MotleyGirl70; Petronski; martin_fierro; Charles Henrickson
Don’t allow cookies - unless you know the website.

http://www.mrsfields.com/

"Don't worry - I've had my shots."


13 posted on 07/07/2007 1:36:22 PM PDT by jdm
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To: MotleyGirl70

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:

http://www.ewido.net/en/download/

http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner

http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/#

http://www.pandasoftware.com/products/activescan.htm


14 posted on 07/07/2007 1:43:13 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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To: MotleyGirl70
On a more serious note, I would recommend BitDefender (they provide a free, IE-specific scan). BitDefender is very thorough and may take 60-90 minutes to run and clean the spyware. Ad-Aware and Spybot may not clean everything. You also may be better off running those two (Ad-Aware and Spybot) in Safe Mode (happy to explain later, if needed), depending on what’s going on.

http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html

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.

15 posted on 07/07/2007 1:43:30 PM PDT by jdm
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To: MotleyGirl70
Another recommendation:

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Run
  3. Type MSCONFIG in the box
  4. Click OK
  5. Click the Startup tab

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.

16 posted on 07/07/2007 1:52:59 PM PDT by jdm
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To: MotleyGirl70

bump for later


17 posted on 07/07/2007 2:04:49 PM PDT by bobbyd (Flyer, I love and miss you...Lords best my FRiend)
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To: MotleyGirl70

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.


18 posted on 07/07/2007 2:08:10 PM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (The Republican party of today is the Whig party of the 1850's.)
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To: MotleyGirl70

Install THIS, and say goodbye to those problems forever...

19 posted on 07/07/2007 2:12:49 PM PDT by KoRn (Just Say NO ....To Liberal Republicans - FRED THOMPSON FOR PRESIDENT!)
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To: jdm; MotleyGirl70; All

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.


20 posted on 07/07/2007 2:16:49 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: KoRn

Not really. We all run Firefox as our default browser and still get plenty of adware/spyware/malware. Still far better than IE, to be sure........but I don’t want anyone to read this thread and get a false sense of security. You need these ‘cleaners’ even when running Firefox.


21 posted on 07/07/2007 2:19:00 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: RightOnline
"We all run Firefox as our default browser and still get plenty of adware/spyware/malware."

I've been using it for going on 3 years now without even a hint of a malware or spyware 'infection'. I've never used any cleaners or anything, and I practically LIVE on the internet. The only thing I do is disable popups in my firefox config, and that is all. Do you update regularly?

22 posted on 07/07/2007 2:31:28 PM PDT by KoRn (Just Say NO ....To Liberal Republicans - FRED THOMPSON FOR PRESIDENT!)
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To: RightOnline
About 25 Spyware Doctor "Malicious Action Blocked" boxes have popped up in the lower right corner.

This is on my Firefox. I only us IE for email.

How do I stop these from appearing.

It's now up to about 50 boxes that have appeared.

So far the IE search pop ups have stopped for now and I have six tabs open.

Keeping my fingers crossed!)

23 posted on 07/07/2007 2:41:49 PM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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To: RightOnline
So far the IE search pop ups have stopped for now and I have six tabs open.

Spoke too soon; one just came up. But it's only been one in the past five minutes not a dozen in ten seconds.

24 posted on 07/07/2007 2:46:10 PM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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To: RightOnline
We all run Firefox as our default browser and still get plenty of adware/spyware/malware.

Hence, my problem right now.

That said, I've been using Mozilla/Firefox for about five years now and this is the first time I've had problems with it.

I never browse with IE only Firefox.

25 posted on 07/07/2007 2:52:12 PM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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To: MotleyGirl70

Let me know once you’ve run AdAware and Spybot.......


26 posted on 07/07/2007 2:59:57 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: RightOnline

NoScript is your friend.


27 posted on 07/07/2007 3:03:42 PM PDT by Clara Lou (Fred Thompson, '08-- imwithfred.com)
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To: MotleyGirl70

Do you have the NoScript extension for Firefox? Are you sure that you have to use IE for email? I use Firefox at Yahoo and at Hotmail.


28 posted on 07/07/2007 3:07:51 PM PDT by Clara Lou (Fred Thompson, '08-- imwithfred.com)
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To: RightOnline

I definitely will.


29 posted on 07/07/2007 3:08:43 PM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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To: Clara Lou
How do I use a NoScript extension. I've seen them but never used them on Firefox.

Are you sure that you have to use IE for email?

No I don't. I guess I just IE for email more out of habit than anything. I'm going to start using Firefox for my Yahoo email from now on.

30 posted on 07/07/2007 3:12:37 PM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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To: MotleyGirl70

Go ahead and download and install the extension. Restart Firefox. Open up its options [there are only a few]. I have mine set so that the NoScript indicator is down in the bottom of my FF window. It automatically blocks every script for every site unless you left-click on the little “S” indicator down there and give it either temporary or permanent permission to run scirpts from the site. It’s VERY simple to operate. I can’t think of a way to mess it up.


31 posted on 07/07/2007 3:25:53 PM PDT by Clara Lou (Fred Thompson, '08-- imwithfred.com)
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To: MotleyGirl70

Post script to #31:
Any time you go to a site (to FReep a poll or to view a video, etc) and it doesn’t let you vote or view the video, go into NoScript and give the site permission to run its script.


32 posted on 07/07/2007 3:33:31 PM PDT by Clara Lou (Fred Thompson, '08-- imwithfred.com)
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To: MotleyGirl70
I realize I'm a bit late to this thread, but here's my list of free security-related software.

I haven't tested Comodo BOClean & SUPERAntispyware yet, but I've read good comments about both, at various tech-related forums.

Dr. Web CureIT and McAfee Stinger do not require installation, so could be burned to CD on a second (clean) machine for use, if necessary/possible.

PC security-related links.   All software listed is freeware or open source.

Last Update: 06/20/2007
Anti-Virus:

AntiVir® Personal Edition
Windows 98/ME, 2000/XP

Avast Home Edition
Windows 95/98/ME, 2000/XP

AVG Anti-Virus
Windows 98/ME, 2000/XP

BitDefender Free Edition
Windows 98/ME, 2000/XP
On-demand anti-virus program.

ClamWin
Windows 98/ME, 2000/XP
On-demand virus scanner. Detects, doesn't clean.

Dr. Web CureIT!
Windows 95 OSR2/98/ME, 2000/XP
On-demand, anti-malware (anti-virus/spyware). Detects and cleans. No installation required.

McAfee Stinger
On-demand anti-virus/trojan. No installation required. Fits on a 3.5" floppy.
Alternatives to MSIE, Outlook & Outlook Express:

Mozilla.org
Firefox browser, Thunderbird E-mail client, Mozilla Suite (1.7.13 is the final release).

Opera
Supports tabbed browsing, etc. Easier on resources than Firefox, Mozilla/Seamonkey. Unlike Mozilla, Opera currently has no plans to drop support for Windows 9x/ME.

Off By One
The world's smallest and fastest web browser. No installation required.

Popcorn E-Mail
Small, no-frills e-mail client.

Seamonkey
The successor to the Mozilla Suite.  Web-browser, e-mail/usenet client, IRC client, HTML editing, all in one application.

Xnews
Usenet client.
Anti-Adware/Spyware:

Comodo BOClean
Supports Windows for Workgroups 3.11, Windows 95/98/ME, NT4 SP2, 2000, XP & Vista!
Full/real-time protection against trojans, rootkits, adware, spyware, and more!

SpywareBlaster
Windows 95/98/ME, 2000/XP
Prevent the installation of spyware and other potentially unwanted software!

SpywareGuard
Windows 98/ME, 2000/XP
Full/real-time protection against spyware/malware.

Spybot - Search and Destroy
Windows 98/ME, 2000/XP
Offers on-demand scanning and full/real-time protection.

SUPERAntiSpyware
Windows 98/ME, 2000/XP
Remove spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers, home page hijackers and other malware threats.
Firewall:

Kerio Personal Firewall 2.1.5
Windows 98/ME, 2000/XP
(Last freeware version)

Tiny Personal Firewall 2.0.15A
Windows 95/98/ME, 2000/XP

Tiny Personal Firewall 2.0.9
Windows 98/ME, 2000/XP
(Last freeware version)

ZoneAlarm Free Download
Note:  Zonealarm is dropping support for Win9x/ME

Zonealarm at Oldversion.com
For those who need a version compatible with Windows 9x/ME
Technical Help:

CastleCops Security Forums

Cyber Tech Help Support Forum

SpywareWarrior.com Forum

VirtualDr Forums

How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
This guide will teach you how to ask questions in a way that is likely to get you a satisfactory answer.
How-to and Tutorial:

PCWorld: How to Install a Firewall

Using Ad-Aware SE

Using Spybot - Search and Destroy
Useful sites, etc.:

Firewall Test, Security Test and Security Scan

Leak Test
Test your firewall against internal extrusions (leaks).

Shields Up
Firewall Test.

Spyware/Adware/Malware FAQ and Removal Guide

SpwyareWarrior.com
Waging the war against spyware!

U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team

Miscellaneous:

MVPS HOSTS File
Don't surf the Net without it!

Ping Plotter
Internet diagnostic tool.

Proxomitron
Windows 95/98/ME, 2000/XP
A free, highly flexible, user-configurable, small, but very powerful, local HTTP web-filtering proxy.

WinPatrol
A robust SECURITY MONITOR.  WinPatrol will alert you to hijackings, malware attacks and critical changes made to your computer without your permission.
Zeroday Emergency Response Team (ZERT)

"The nonprofit Zeroday Emergency Response Team is offering VML security patches for out-of-support Windows OS versions.

The volunteer group, which is made up of well-respected security professionals, has released updates for Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 SP3."

Quote from: ZERT Patches Out-of-Support Windows OS  (eWeek.com article)

33 posted on 07/07/2007 6:31:44 PM PDT by holymoly (Amnesty for illegal aliens is treason.)
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To: holymoly

Bookmarkie...


34 posted on 07/07/2007 9:24:33 PM PDT by Chasaway (Anything not worth doing is not worth doing well.)
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To: holymoly; RightOnline; MotleyGirl70

I would add CCleaner to that list. Sped my computer up quite a bit after installing and running (CCleaner also includes a registry cleaner which is safe to run as it’s not too aggressive, like many registry cleaners).

http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/

Best of all - it’s free and has won numerous awards. I’ve used it since probably 2002 or 2003 with zero trouble.


35 posted on 07/08/2007 7:51:18 AM PDT by jdm
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To: MotleyGirl70

MotleyGirl70, when you get a chance can you let us know how your computer is doing? I hope no news is good news and that it’s all working better for you now. If not, happy to help work out any snags.


36 posted on 07/08/2007 7:53:25 AM PDT by jdm
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To: jdm
I would add CCleaner to that list. Sped my computer up quite a bit after installing and running (CCleaner also includes a registry cleaner which is safe to run as it’s not too aggressive, like many registry cleaners).

Done. Thanks for the tip.


CCleaner
Windows 95/98/ME, NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista
A freeware system optimization and privacy tool. Over 65 million downloads!



37 posted on 07/08/2007 8:10:07 AM PDT by holymoly (Amnesty for illegal aliens is treason.)
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To: jdm; RightOnline; agent_delta; JRios1968; Clara Lou; holymoly; All
MotleyGirl70, when you get a chance can you let us know how your computer is doing?

Sorry for not getting back to you all; I couldn't. I lost my internet connection among many other things.

The computer re-formated (or whatever) itself and lost everything.

Oh well. I'm back online now.

Again, thanks for all your help you guys; I appreciate it.

38 posted on 07/09/2007 6:51:55 PM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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To: MotleyGirl70

It’s a virus and probably Hillary Clinton trying to take things from you.


39 posted on 07/09/2007 6:53:22 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: MotleyGirl70

Hang in there.

I blame AlGore.


40 posted on 07/09/2007 9:58:46 PM PDT by agent_delta (I AM ANYBODY)
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To: agent_delta

You’re so silly...everyone knows it’s Bush’s fault.


41 posted on 07/10/2007 7:19:08 AM PDT by JRios1968 (Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that God will. - Ben Stein)
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To: MotleyGirl70

Dang.....your system reformatted? Hate to hear that. Sounds now like one hell of a nasty virus.


42 posted on 07/10/2007 2:08:51 PM PDT by RightOnline
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