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I think someone is using spyware on my computer

When i open my internet explorer it shows a message with your computer has a virus and click here to download the software hoow do i get rid
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You need to install an anti spyware program such as 'Spybot search and destroy which you can download free from the internet at http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Spybot_Search_and_Destroy/1043809773/1
Once downloaded, install the application then restart your computer and run the Spybot application, allowing it to do a full system scan for spyware. This may take a long time but should cure your system from any spyware it may have.

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Have you got a anti virus software removal tool on you pc ? if you have run a scan of you pc , if not get a freee 1 from this site .

http://www.filehippo.com/download_avast_antivirus/

hope it is of help

Posted on Dec 03, 2008

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I cant get locked in to www.hotmail.com since updating my AVG anti virus protection


Windows Live Hotmail normally loads without issue, but several problems on your computer can restrict access to your account.
Firewalls with high security sensitivity, malicious spyware and disabled cookies are three of the main reasons for blocked Hotmail accounts.
Hotmail also does not load if Microsoft blocks your account for spamlike activity.
This can happen if your account was compromised, or hacked.
Cookies

If cookies are disabled on your Internet browser, Hotmail cannot load.
Cookies store specific data about you that you have provided to a website, such as your name or address.
To turn on cookies in Internet Explorer, click "Tools" and "Internet Options."
Click "Privacy." Move the slider from "Block All Cookies" to "Medium."
This security level blocks advertising cookies but enables the cookies that allow you to access your Hotmail.
To enable Firefox cookies, click "Tools," "Options" and "Privacy."
Click "Use Custom Settings for History."
Enable cookies to view your Hotmail messages.

Check for Spyware
Spyware is a type of malicious software that steals your personal information or disables functions of your computer.
Spyware on your computer may block access to your Hotmail.
Run an anti-spyware or anti-virus program, such as Norton, AVG or Avira.
If you have a spyware or virus infection on your computer, these programs find and destroy it.
Some malware affects the "hosts" file on your computer.
Find and open the file "C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts" in Notepad.
Look for "passport.com" or "hotmail.com."

If you see either, malware has possibly infected the file.
Change the IP address affiliated with the file name to eliminate the problem.


Blocked Accounts Hotmail blocks accounts when it detects spamlike behavior from them.
For example, if hundreds of advertisements are sent from your account in just a few minutes, Hotmail views this as spam and blocks your account.
If you are not sending spamlike emails or instant messages, someone may have guessed your password and accessed your account.
If Hotmail blocks your account, you have the option to enter your cellphone number as verification that you are the true account owner.
When you enter your number, Microsoft sends a text message to that phone number.
Retrieve the verification code from the text message and enter it on the Sign-In page.
When you access your account, change the password immediately.

Other Options

Your firewall may block access to Hotmail or cause emails to not load.
To determine if the firewall is the problem, disable it temporarily and try to access your mail. Firewall settings are sometimes set too high.
Lower the security sensitivity before you attempt to log in to Hotmail.
If you notice other websites not loading, reset your router.
This solves many connection issues.
Check the clock on your computer.
An inaccurate clock may block you from loading Hotmail.
To ensure your clock's accuracy, click the clock in the bottom-right corner of the task bar.
Click "Date and Time" and "Internet Time."
Click "Change Settings."
Click the check box next to "Synchronize With an Internet Time Server."
Click "OK."

Oct 03, 2013 | hotmail.com

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How to Speed up a Windows XP Computer


  • Spyware and viruses are leading causes of computer slowdown. Read Rid-Your-Computer-of-Adware,-Spyware-and-Viruses to learn how to remove them and speed up your system.
  • Update and run your spyware and virus software every week.
  • If you do not have tools installed to protect against malware, spyware, and viruses, download free copy of avg (free for personal use). Also, Microsoft's Windows Defender is a widely-used anti-spyware tool that is currently distributed freely for users with a "Genuine" copy of Windows. "Windows Defender" is also included with other Microsoft services and products such as Live OneCare and Vista.
  • Download and install Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. It will allow you to import all of your Internet Explorer settings, and is much less prone to malware than Microsoft Internet Explorer. It will prompt you with a "Set as Default Browser" message. Check "Don't show this again" and click "Yes". Firefox also has a cool feature to delete cookies, cache, and temporary internet files each time you close it. You are strongly recommended to use this option. It can speed up your internet experience.You should also check Google Chrome which is faster and less prone to virus attacks from internet Chrome
  • If you have a really complicated virus infection, try using the Quick Virus Remover. It is a free utility, though not a replacement for commercial products but can be helpful for removing some of the most common viruses infecting your system.
2Defragment Your Computer - This will place similar files physically closer on the hard disk and will help improve load speeds.
  • Click start, again, then click run.
  • Type, "dfrg.msc" in the text field.
  • Click Defrag to start it.



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Perform a disk clean up.
  • Click start in the bottom left corner, then click run.
  • Type, "cleanmgr.exe" in the text field.
  • Press "okay". This can take a while if you have never done it before.



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Remove unwanted software.(They are often the reason for slowdown)
  • Click start, then click control panel.
  • Click add/remove programs.
  • Highlight any old software you do not use and then click "remove".
5Stop unwanted Start-Up programs.
  • Run msconfig
  • Choose startup box
  • Select uncheck programs you don't want to run on startup
  • OR
  • Click here and download StartUpCPL.
  • Install the software you have just downloaded.
  • Open control panel, select Start up.
  • Disable any programs you do not want load automatically.

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  • Programs can also schedule tasks to launch automatically when windows starts to stop such programs use windows task scheduler.To open Scheduled Tasks, click Start, click All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Scheduled Tasks.
  • Disable All Services you do not use or need. Open control panel, open Administrative Tools, and select Services. Disabling the wrong Services may lead to serious problems that you may not notice right away. Please consult a reference such as overclockersclub.comfor information on specific Windows XP Services. If you do not know what it is, do not disable the service

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  1. Make Windows Load Faster
    • Click Start, then Run.
    • Type in 'msconfig' and press enter.
    • Click on the BOOT.INI tab at the top.
    • Over to the right there will be a box labeled Timeout with 30 in it. Change the 30 to a 3.
  2. 7Speed Up Processing Time
    • Turning off the fancy Windows XP graphics will noticeably increase the speed of your computer.
    • Go to Start, (Settings), Control Panel, System. NOTE: You may need to 'Switch to Classic Mode' to see the System applet.
    • Go to the Advanced tab. Click the Settings button under Performance.
    • Select the 'Adjust for best performance' radio button, then Apply, and OK.
    • The graphics aren't as flashy, but your computer will run a lot faster.
  3. 8Set Pagefile size
    • Go to Start, (Settings), Control Panel, System. (This is just like the step above this.)
    • Go to the Advanced tab. Click the Settings button under Performance.
    • Now switch to this Advanced tab, and click on 'Change' under Virtual Memory.
    • You will see the 'Initial Size (MB)' and the Maximum Size (MB)'.
    • Change 'Initial Size' to the same value as 'Maximum Size' then click set.
      • NOTE This setting will help your gaming process by speeding up your computer.
      • ADDED NOTE: When your computer consumes your computer's hard drive and uses it as RAM, it is referred to as thrashing. Thrashing is bad for your computer and buying a RAM (it's not that expensive) is much more worthwhile.
  4. 9Set Priorities
  5. 10Press Control (ctrl) Alt Delete (del) at the same time. Once task manager opens, click the process's tab. Now find explorer.exe, right click it, and set the priority to realtime. This makes your computer focus on explorer.exe, which is your task bar and visual objects. Use this method if you want to keep your visual styles (or your using a transformation pack). This method greatly increases speed and if you are noticing that other programs that you use a lot are slow, you can set their priority to either high or above normal, if you have 2 process's on high at the same time, your computer will be unstable, and might crash.

-**For users without Admin password**-12You will not be able to modify, I believe, the value to realtime, if you aren't on an admin account, or you have insufficient privileges, then the best you can do, is set explorer.exe to high. (Edited by SFA)









on Jun 25, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Facebook Virus Prank ? Making fun to your friend


In this post i’ll show you an easy step by step tutorial about how to make a Facebook virus using simple commands on notepad. This will make the victims think that they have a virus when they click on an icon such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox…
This “virus” is totlly harmless and won’t do any damage to your victims computer.
When a victim clicks on the icon he will get a warning message like “WARNING VIRUS DETECTED!!!!! AFTER 5 MINUTES YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT WILL BE DELETED !!!!TO REMOVE THE VIRUS CLICK OK OR CLOSE THIS BOX!”. You can change the text to whatever you want. If you have some other interesting ideas, let me know. Thisvirus doesn’t do anything to your friends pc, but to see his scared face, that’s something icon_smile.gif

Now let’s start with the tutorial:
1) Open notepad
2) Type the following text in :

@echo off
msg * WARNING VIRUS DETECTED!!!!! AFTER 5 MINUTES YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT WILL BE DELETED !!!!TO REMOVE THE VIRUS CLICK OK OR CLOSE THIS BOX!
PAUSE
shutdown -r -t 300 -c ” SORRY!!! YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT ARE NOW BEING DELETED !!! PLEASE WAIT ………..”


3) Save as
Internet Explorer .bat (or whatever you want, but be shure that the last letters are .bat)


4) Right click on
Internet Explorer .bat and click Create Shortcut


5) Right click on shorcut and click Properties.


6)Click Change Icon


7) Choose
Internet Explorer icon (or Mozilla Firefox, or any other icon similar to it), click OK , then click Apply


8)Delete real shortcut and replace it with fake . When victim click on it , he will get warning messages that looks like this:


Hope you’ll freak out friend(s).
If this prank was successful and there was some interesting reactions of your friends, feel free to share it with us.



on Jan 15, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Keeps shutting down my search engines


Whereas Internet Explorer is a very popular browser, you may have problems with it from time to time. Internet Explorer has been known to either randomly shut down or close pages.
This can be extremely irritating, especially if you are in the middle of a project.
Use these tips to fix Internet Explorer if it keeps closing Web pages.

Start by deleting your browsing history.
Open Internet Explorer and click the "Safety" tab found in the top right corner of the Web browser.
Then, choose the "Delete Browsing History" option.
A box will appear on the computer screen.
Make sure that there are checkmarks next to each option listed in the box.
Click the "Delete" tab to delete the browsing history.
Move to the next step if Internet Explorer keeps closing pages.
Download, install and then run both an anti-malware and an anti-virus software program. Spyware, adware, viruses and other similar infections can cause Internet Explorer to shut down or close pages.
Deleting your browsing history may not take care of these problems.
Spybot and AVG Anti-Virus are two very useful free programs that will search for and remove harmful infections from your computer.
You can download these two programs by using the links in the Resources section below.
http://spybot-search-destroy.soft32.com/
http://download.cnet.com/AVG-Anti-Virus-Free-Edition/3000-2239_4-10320142.html?tag=contentBody;mostPopTwoColWrap
Freeware detect and remove a multitude of adware files and modules.
Go to next step if you are still experiencing problems with Internet Explorer.

Try resetting the Internet Explorer settings.
Open Internet Explorer and then click "Tools."
Choose "Internet Options." Click the "Advanced" tab.
Then, click "Reset" found at the bottom of the box.
A second box will appear on the screen.
Click the "Delete personal settings" option and then click "Reset."
You will need to restart Internet Explorer to finish the process.
Go to the next step if Internet Explorer continues to close pages.
Run Windows Update. Open Internet Explorer and click the "Safety" tab in the top right corner of the Web browser.
Select the "Windows Update" option.
You will be taken to the Windows Update Web page.
Click the "Express" tab on that age.
Windows Update will then check for any updates.
Click the "Install Updates" tab to install any of the recommended updates.

Apr 28, 2013 | Computers & Internet

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Facebook keeps crashing


Follow these steps:

- Update Browsers
- Update Flash player
- Clear Cookies
- Clear History
- Fix registry errors

If problem still occurs then use system utility tool Reginout.



Jan 16, 2013 | Google Chrome

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How do I change my browser back to explorer from bearshare? I don't want bearshare nowhere on my computer. I think it has some kind of virus or spyware.


Hello
Go to control panel. Add remove programs. Find bearshare and click unistall.
Its usually not bearshare thats the problem its what you download from bearshare.

Remember its is file sharing,some people put virus in songs and movies you get from bearshare.

Run a anti virus scan of your hard drive also.

Aug 01, 2011 | Microsoft Internet Explorer 7

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Slow internet problem i think its my communications card


This document is GENERIC for all types of PC using XP or before. Step 1: Detecting and removing spyware and adware software If the computer becomes slow when connecting to the Internet, your home page changes to a page you do not want, unwanted desktop links display, or advertising windows pop up repeatedly, then your computer probably has spyware, or adware installed. Spyware and adware can be difficult to remove manually. See the following HP support document for more information about spyware and how to remove it from your computer: HP and Compaq PCs - About Spyware, Adware, and Browser Hijacking Software . Step 2: Scan and remove viruses It might be that a virus or several viruses are attempting to use the Internet connection when the browser is open. See the following HP support document for more information about how to scan and remove viruses: Resolving and Preventing Viruses on Your Computer . NOTE: If you have not updated Windows recently using Windows Update (in English), now is a good time; after scanning and removing spyware and viruses . Step 3: Clearing history, temporary files, and resetting settings Clear the amount of temporary files that the browser uses as follows:
  1. Open the browser software.
  2. Click Tools from the menu bar.
  3. Select Internet Options . The Internet Options window displays. Figure 1: Internet Options windowc00162617.jpg
  4. Click the General tab.
  5. In the Temporary Internet Files area, click Delete Files .
  6. Select Delete all offline content , and click OK .
  7. In the History area, click Clear History , and click OK .
  8. Click the Security tab, and select Default Level .
  9. Click the Content tab, and click Clear SSL State .
  10. Click the Programs tab, and click Reset Web Settings .
  11. Click the Advanced tab, click Restore Defaults , and then click OK .
  12. Connect to the Internet. If the computer stops responding, continue to next step.
Step 4: Update the network or modem drivers Updating the network and modem drivers can fix some lockup problems. Install the latest update for your network hardware that you use. Update the network hardware if you connect to the Internet using DSL, Cable, or LAN. Update the modem software if you connect using dial-up.
  1. Go to the HP Software download page . Select your country/region.
  2. Type the model name for your HP or Compaq computer. For example, SR1820NX or m7434n.
  3. Select the version of Windows the computer is using.
  4. Select the network or modem driver update. For example, Realtek RTL8139 LAN Driver Update.
  5. Follow the instruction on the download page to download and install the update.
  6. When done, restart and try to connect to the Internet again. If the problem persists, continue to the next Step.
Step 5: Disabling Software that opens with Windows For troubleshooting purposes, reduce the amount of software that opens with Windows to try and find out if a software conflict is occurring. Open the Microsoft System Configuration software (Msconfig), remove the selection next to Load Startup Items , click OK , and restart the computer. For more information, see Preventing Programs from Opening When Windows Starts . Connect to the Internet. If the computer stops responding, continue to next step. Step 6: Removing and reinstalling ISP and Anti-virus software Remove the Internet Service Provider (ISP) software and install the latest version. Use the document on Advanced Modem Troubleshooting for more information about how to remove and reinstall the ISP software. Regards, Shrey

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When I close a window on internet explorer I get a error message and all windows close


I think Virus is infected to ur internet explorer or else any spyware is infected so put antivirus and update and scan and also the spyware also install and update and scan the machine if it is still not proper just reinstall entire Operting sytem

Jul 31, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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Possible Virus


Spyware cause the same effect as general browser pop-ups but they are usually powered by Browser Helper Objects, ActiveX controls which attaches to Internet Explorer and contacts their servers without your knowledge. This not only means waste of internet bandwidth, but your private information may also be sent to someone. You need to treat any outgoing connection without your permission, as a security threat.
Along with your anti-virus software, you need to anti-spyware tools such as Ad-AwareSpybot Search & DestroySpyware Blaster at a bare minimum. You must update the pattern files before scanning just like what you do for your anti-virus software.

  • Use HOSTS file to block unwanted ad servers and sites that are known to spread malware
  • Increase your browser security settings. Visit the following link to learn how to protect the system from parasites.
Dealing with Unwanted Spyware, Parasites, Toolbars and Search Engines
(Site packed with full of security tips, advice to prevent parasites being installed)
  • Use an application-based firewall, such as Zone Alarm, Sygate etc. They alert you whenever an outgoing traffic by a new application is detected. By doing this, you are preventing dialers, Trojans accessing the internet. Give equal importance to the configuration of the firewall. Assume your firewall as the gatekeeper, and only allow programs that you want, to access the internet. You may then test the effectiveness of the Firewall (for inbound protection) using any of these websites. They scan your system for open ports and vulnerabilities and advice you what action to take.



Jun 23, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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When I close 1 window, it closes all the other windows


Go to
www.lavasoft.com and download Adaware Free Edition, and run a scan for spyware. If you dont have a good Anti-virus scanner do a search in google for AVG free. Those two are really good at keeping your machine relatively free of Virii and spyware.

If after a scan of both anti spyware and Anti virus shows clean, reboot your machine and try to open and close some internet explorer windows again. If this is still a problem you may want to find out what version of Internet explorer you are running, if it is version 7 you could try to repair the installation and see if that helps.

Alternatively you could remove Internet Explorer 7 altogether and continue using version 6 if it has no problems running.
Hope this helps.

Jun 04, 2008 | Compaq Presario Notebook

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