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Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by civicious, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. civicious

    civicious FüK-VTEC VIP

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    ok. last night, when i closed my browser, i noticed a couplea shortcuts on my desktop that werent there before. 'virtual girl' and 'the doctor'. i was like wtf? so i deleted them. now, when i try to connect to the internet, my username and password (which are saved) show up different, and the number is a big long weird number (instead of the normal 10-digit dialup number). i changed the username, password, and number, and it worked fine. but when i restart my computer, everything is back like it was. i downloaded spybot S&D, and it didnt change anything after i ran it.

    anyone?
     
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    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    i also use bazooka, but that will only notify you of a malicious file, then gives you instructions via their website to edit your registry to remove the bad files...

    not sure if that will help you or not?
     
  3. jeffie7

    jeffie7 Wrong Whole! VIP

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    open up a dos window and type in format/s

    make sure you have a system disk in drive A
     
  4. pissedoffsol

    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    stop using IE
    stop going to porn sites
    stop installing active x controls.

    you did this to yourself.
     
  5. Sabz5150

    Sabz5150 FALCON PUNCH!!!

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    IE is too dangerous to use anymore.

    Check your add/remove programs section, see if anything has been added that doesn't look right. Also, right click one of those shortcuts and view the properties... see where the files are and go from there, Nix whatever files are in that directory. Check your 'startup' folder under your start menu as well. Check your registry for any keys relating to the directory those programs were in as well as any of the file names in that directory. Delete all of them.

    Update Spybot with it's update feature, then check again.

    STOP USING IE.
     
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    FFCiv Senior Member

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    Mozilla bitchessssssss
     
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    :werd: I haven't had any probs yet
     
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    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

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    i know how to fix this :D

    go to IE, click tools then internet options

    go to the connections panel and change your default to your dialup ISP. delete the other connections, unless you recognize them. probably going to say something like "dialer'.
     
  9. civicious

    civicious FüK-VTEC VIP

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    i ran bazooka, and it detected something called 'explorer.exe' in my system32 folder. 'explorer.exe' had a blank icon, was created last night, and just had bad karma in general. I restarted in safe mode and deleted it.

    Problem seems to be fixed. Thanks guys.


    and I didnt (to my knowledge) download any active x controls. but I've had it. I'm fucking downloading mozilla.
     
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    DarkHand Senior Member VIP

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    I reformatted my Aunt's old virus and spyware ridden K6-2 500 a while back. I disabled direct access to IE with the new 'Set program access and defaults' option and installed Mozilla. She and my cousins know absolutely nothing about computers and they have yet to have a single problem with spyware or viruses. Before disabling IE I would be over there every few weeks removing spyware and viruses and generally cleaning up the system.

    Internet Explorer is the single biggest problem with Windows there is. It's still tied in with the OS, but even by just disabling access to the browser, the OS becomes quite stable and usable.
     
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    explorer.exe is the windows shell... :lol:
     
  12. pissedoffsol

    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    i sense a format in your future. explorer.exe = WINDOWS EXPOLRER, not INTERNET EXPLORER
     
  13. civicious

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    TommyTheCat Gonzo Scientist

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    bazooka would have detected a dummy file. not the original.
     
  15. allmotord16rex

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    Yeah, most viruses or spyware will have a name similar to a system file to try to confuse people.
     
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