IT gurus I need help badly...

Started Apr 1, 2004 | Discussions thread
george lucas
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Since you're cleaning up...
In reply to Eric Lamont, Apr 3, 2004

Eric,

Since you are doing all this. Add this to your list: Install an ad blocking HOSTS file.

ex. http://www.everythingisnt.com/hosts.html

Basically this will get rid of those annoying ads you see on top of most pages. The HOSTS file redirects your browser to your own local machine instead of those ad sites. So you wont have to see those web banner ads.

Cheers.

Eric Lamont wrote:
Here's what it took:

McAfee Virus Scan - cleaned up some known Trojans

Adware - removed infected files I hadnt even known about

SpyBot S&D - same as Adware

CWShredder - removed three of the four reoccouring porno links.

Spy Sweeper - removed final reoccouring porno link, protects
msn.com as my homepage, removed additional trojan.

Guys I dont know what to say. I am overwhelmed at the level of
support I have received from you all. I was expecting maybe on
real answer and a bunch of "this is too off-topic" posts. Thank
you soooo much for the suggestions and links. It took four
different programs but I think I am pretty sterile now. Well, the
computer, not me personally.

Thanks again to all of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eric

Eric Lamont wrote:

Sorry this is off topic, but I need help badly. I need to know
where I can go for a discussion/support forum for Internet
Explorer. I am at my wits end!

I was infected by two different trojans. McAfee advised me of
this, I ran the virus scan and deleted the infected files. Now, I
dont know if it was these trojans or something else, but now,
everytime I start my laptop and open IE there are half a dozen
favorites that I did NOT add. They are for crazy porn sites.
Also, my home page keeps being changed back to a porn search
engine. I am NOT a porn viewer and this is really discouraging.

Here's what I have tried so far:

  • delete favorites from list in Internet Explorer, change home page

back to msn.com

  • after restart, favorites return. Followed path to favorites file

in my Administrator file, and removed from there. Changed home
page back to msn.com but on retart unwanted favorites return again,
homepage reverted to porn search engine.

After deleting both times I have emptied the recycle bin. Also, I
have tried the above steps multiple times with no luck.

Again, I apologize for the off topic post but this is driving me
batty and I dont know where else to go. If you want to just direct
me to some forum for this type of thing that'd be fine. If you
want to try and help me via email that'd be awesome too.

Thanks....

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'Above all, it's hard learning to live with vivid mental images of
scenes I cared for and failed to photograph' - Sam Abell

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http://www.pbase.com/elamont
http://www.pbase.com/ericlamont (formal portfolio for now...)

'Above all, it's hard learning to live with vivid mental images of
scenes I cared for and failed to photograph' - Sam Abell

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