May 15th, 2006, 6:11pm
Have heard you're the go to guy for problems
My wife or one of my kids picked up some nasty pop-up programs that are getting thru my windows pop up blocker
Encountering multiple pop-ups. Random sites, and have run lavasoft adaware , which got it down to a few which it couldn't delete, same with macaffee virus scan. One of the programs is under the name surfsider, another we had, but may have deleted was 888 casino.
i have tried a restore point, but for some reason, my restore points have never worked
running windows XP home on a HP a230n desktop
May 15th, 2006, 6:28pm
Sounds like a virus I once had. A combo of Adaware, Spy bot, and I think one other, that I don't remember the name of cleared it up.
I'm sure some others would be able to offer more useful info.
May 15th, 2006, 6:44pm
Thanks,I hope so,it's driving me crazy!
May 15th, 2006, 7:01pm
run hijack this and post the results on the page and it will analyze and tell you which ones are safe to delete http://hijackthis.de/index.php?langselect=english (there is a link to download, you must put it into a folder then uncompress and run, save log file so you can copy and paste into the above page)
May 15th, 2006, 7:20pm
Check to see if your browser or security software has an option for blocking ads (different option-blocks some popups and some things on window). Be aware though that this may interfere with certain sites like Candystand.
May 15th, 2006, 7:27pm
You may not know it, but everyday as you conveniently surf the Web, countless numbers of viruses, adware, Trojans and other nasty things are transported into your computer. Scary, isnít it?
Contrary to popular belief, just installing antivirus software onto your computer isnít a solution to all the problems out there today. Gone are the days when one could install a Norton or a McAfee program and forget about any dangers. You need to secure your computer a wee bit more than you used to. Thankfully for us, there are plenty of software programs on the market that can help us accomplish this task. Whatís even better is that some of them are freeware, meaning they are free, but they do perform jobs equally well, if not better, than most software you have to pay for. Let's just go over a few of them that are available to you today. There are also some links at the end of each section that you can use to check out each freeware.
The first name that comes to mind when I think about free antivirus software is AVG. They have been dishing out quality AV software since 1991 and you can count on them to secure your system. The free edition of the AV is essentially the Pro edition. The only disadvantages are the disabling of a few non-critical features and the non-availability of direct technical support. AVG is easy on resources, updates itself regularly and also provides the option of e-mail scanning. Another option in the free antivirus category is AntiVir, which is slightly better than AVG, in terms of performance. However, it doesnít include the option of e-mail scanning.
The latest buzzword in Internet trash is spyware. Spyware refers to small, hidden programs that are embedded in larger applications to report your information to advertisers. And, sadly for us, antivirus software isn't omnipotent, so they canít handle spyware. To guard your system against spyware, you need an anti-spyware program. One of the best in this category is Ad-Aware SE Personal. It scans your computer, including removable drives for advertising spyware and it safely removes them. Ad-Aware destroys adware, as well as spyware. If you donít want any piece of this spyware cake and you think that these hidden programs invade your privacy, you should download this utility now.
Browser Protection Utility
Everywhere you go on the Internet today, there is scumware. All you need to do is enter a site and they are busy installing unneeded software onto your computer, which may change your homepage, start unwanted popups, etc. A browser protector is a piece of software that stops these unwanted things right at the point of infection. SpywareBlaster is one of the better free software programs that will do this for you. This is especially useful if you use Internet Explorer, as it guards you against thousands of ActiveX based exploits. Apart from this, it also offers protection against hostile sites and unwanted cookies.
Most computer users have come to terms with the fact that everyone needs a firewall. Gone are the days when a firewall was the fancy software used in big offices only. With attackers having such easy access to PCs these days, a firewall is a must.
One of the best free firewalls on the market is the Kerio Personal Firewall. For even beginners, itís not at all complicated to install or to use like some of the other firewalls out there. A similar second choice, which is equally good, is the ZoneAlarm Firewall. Both of these are free to use. However, with the Kerio Firewall, some of the advanced features are turned off automatically after 30 days of usage.
Trojan Scanner/Trojan Remover
I have seen instances when an antivirus program wasnít able to detect Trojans and I am talking about paid antivirus software. It is recommended that everyone using their PC on the Internet have a Trojan scanner installed. It's smart to have it perform weekly scans as well, especially if you frequently use P2P. Itís a must for you, as you can never be too sure what all is being passed between files.
Ewido is one of the better Trojan scanners available today and itís totally free for you to download for your personal use. Ewido is also good at removing some spyware infections and has an excellent on demand scanner. Also note that currently Ewido is only meant for Windows 2000 and later. The free version of Ewido is the same as the paid version however, after 14 days, the active protection becomes non-functional.
A rootkit is a special set of software tools that hackers use to hide Trojans, viruses, etc. from your antivirus or other security programs. They are extremely effective and usually arenít detected by antivirus software like Norton or McAfee. Their effectiveness has lead to development of a new category of security products called rootkit scanners. As you can make out, their prime job is to detect and remove rootkits from your system.
One of the most effective and simplest to use is Blacklight. This software will effectively detect most rootkits missed by your antivirus program. Another big gun in this category is a free Chinese software called Icesword. It was originally used in Chinese, but is now also available in English. The only drawback is that this program requires technical expertise from the user and the patient learning curve to figure out the program. Honestly, using a combination of different products to protect your PC against rootkits isnít that bad of an idea anymore.
Intrusion Prevention and Detection
So, we have covered so many aspects of computer security, from the antivirus programs to rootkit scanners. The last layer in your security blanket that Iíd recommend to anybody is intrusion detection software. Up until now, in this article, we have documented various ways to prevent, remove and detect virus or spyware infections. With intrusion detection, we take it one step further.
For most Internet users, especially beginners, the free version of Winpatrol will provide adequate coverage. It maintains a critical watch and tells you when any product is trying to make critical changes to any of your system settings. The usage is as simple as a yes or no. Winpatrol will just ask you if you want to allow the program to make changes or not. Of course, youíve just go to know when to allow a program to change settings and when to not.
Anonymous Surfing Service
Why would you I want to surf anonymously, you ask. Youíre not a spy or a contract killer. When you go out to shop, you donít write your address and your phone number on the back of your shirt, do you? Then, why would you want to do that when youíre cruising around the World Wide Web, which is full of people waiting to know your systemís information so they can get inside it?
How do you do it then? Well, there are many commercial services available that let you surf anonymously, but the good news is that one of the best services (JAP) is absolutely free. Every computer has a specific IP address. You and your activities can be traced with the help of your IP. When you use JAP, it hides your IP and assigns its own IP address to you and many other users, so if someone tries to follow your trail, they end up head first in a solid concrete wall. Meaning that when you connect to a Web site, it doesnít take you to the server of that Web site directly. Instead, you go through JAP's own servers first.
So, go ahead and make your system completely secure by fooling the intruders.