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Ahhh the Porn has taken over!!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Matt Till, Feb 19, 2005.


  1. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    My parents computer at home (who is used by 3 young boys) is overrun with popups... and aparently some of them porn related. My grandma was on the computer, and she got a popup that featured oral sex. My youngest brother/grandma don't need to see this. I noticed whenever I get on the computer (which is rare) there is a desktop icon that is "See Live Strippers" or something like that. I need to get over there and run some kind of spyware removal program (that never seems to get rid of everything).
     
  2. Selta

    Selta

    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    Adaware + Spybot search & destroy seem to get rid of a lot of the crap on my computer when I'm on my windows 1/2. Easy way to check also, is to Ctrl+Atl+Del and see what's running before and after you run those programs, and see if there are any .exe, .dll etc. that shouldn't be running. Hope this helped,

    Ray
     
  3. fozzy

    fozzy

    Jun 21, 2001
    Riga, Latvia, EU
    Get rid of Internet Explorer ...
     
  4. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    They use Mozilla.
     
  5. Check to see if they disabled the popup blocker. It should be under "tool" and got to "web features".
     
  6. Selta

    Selta

    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    You guys, it's obviously well-beyond browser-related issues if there's icon on the desktop - that points to installed 'wares that he needs rid of.

    Ray
     
  7. Yea, definitely try to clean that stuff out. If it were my computer and it got that bad, it would be reformat time. A combination of programs work best, and I'd recommend including Hijack This.
     
  8. Selta

    Selta

    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    Well, as he's said he uses Mozilla, so it's not the browser ;).
    I do agree with the reformat if it's plausable for you. If you have a partition manager use it - make a small drive that you put windows only on, then another that has all of your stuff, so when you DO have to reformat, you don't lose a single thing :).

    Ray
     
  9. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
  10. Ohhh, oops! ty for pointing that out. (I shall adjust my post)
     
  11. Sorry, but I found that a bit funny to read.
     
  12. Use Hijack this too.
     
  13. GSPLBASSDC

    GSPLBASSDC

    Jan 25, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
    I own a computer repair shop, so I might be able to hep.

    Spyware removal programs are great, but you'll need more than 1 to effectively remover everything...I usually install 3 on my clients computere. Spybot is good, as is Hijack. Some other good, free ones can be found here:

    www.castlecops.com

    You need to run all 3 about once every 7-10 days

    The other thing is to find the "add/remove" programs in the control panel. Go thru each program and delete suspicious/unknown apps. If in doubt, DO A GOOGLE SEARCH, to make sure you're not deleting an important file...usually .exe files contain the malware.


    Lastly, since they use Mozilla, in the toolbar go to "tools", "options" and "privacy". Click on "cookies" and uncheck the box "allow sites to set cookies", as these are small files that can increase popups. The "keep cookies" box should be set to "until I close Firefox" . Click on "cache" and set to about 10000 or so. Now go to "Web Features" on the left and make sure 'block popup windows" is checked and "allow web sites to install software" is not.

    This should help!
     

  14. VERY important, that's how I toasted my old PC.
     
  15. Nah, that site's some stupid ripoff that takes advantage of the popular name.
     
  16. GSPLBASSDC

    GSPLBASSDC

    Jan 25, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
    No, it's not the same. You can get a free copy from this mirror:

    http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/

    Another helpful site is this:

    www.spyware-guide.com

    What this site does does is this. Say you have an unfamiliar app on your system and want to know what it is. Type in the name and you will find info on if it's spyware, how dangerous it is, what does it do, and which programs are out there to effectively remove it.

    I use it all the time
     
  17. tappel

    tappel

    May 31, 2003
    Long Island, NY
    Stay away from that one.

    Hijack This! is an informative tool, but it takes a little knowledge to apply the info it gives to you. CWShredder, on the other hand, is another nifty removal tool.

    Both can be found here:
    http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/downloads.html

    Oh, is it time for someone to say, "get a Mac?" :) I haven't had to deal with this malware sh*t for about a year now.

    Tom
     
  18. SirPoonga

    SirPoonga

    Jan 18, 2005
    More info.

    Windows XP SP2 now has a built in popup blocker for IE.

    I use mozilla and eudora. For antivirus I use AVG and AntiVir. For spyware I use Spybot and Ad-aware. Note, all that software is free :)
     
  19. GSPLBASSDC

    GSPLBASSDC

    Jan 25, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
    ++++1 AVG
     
  20. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Noobs are they.