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Re: adaware and spybot search and destroy
Yessssss, sorta. Some catch some things, others catch other things. (I hate how Ad-Aware tells me I've had 200 infections when it's all browser cookies -- grrrr).
Anyway, you've got two among the most respected.
Also take a look at: Windows Defender, from Microsoft -- comes with Vista, free for XP, automatic updates _and_ _always_ _stays_ _running_. It's not the most accurate, but because it's always running you're going to prevent problems instead of catch them.
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. Just make sure you run the update before each scan.
A-Squared Free. Make sure you run the update before each scan -- and typically there's so many updates the program will have to restart itself.
Don't kill yourself with this stuff unless you're doing some really stupid stuff online. You can fire 'em up every couple weeks or something, with the exception of Defender -- get that now if you're on XP.
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It sounds like your computer might be infected with spy- and/or malware. The easiest way to get rid of this is to use a free program like Adaware (or any other similar program). Adaware is made by Lavasoft, a simple google search should get you a download.
Another option might be to get an add-on for Firefox called "AdBlock Plus". I've been using it myself for years to block out unwanted adds and I do believe it also kills certain popups.
Make sure you are running only one anti-virus program and one spy-ware solution and that it is up to date. More is not better, the similar products will compete and give false positives on each other.
Make sure that there are no virus or spy-ware running on the machine. If you do not have a product to check I recommend AVG and Spy-bot because they are both free and are reliable.
Run disk checks on your C: drive, scan it, and de-fragment. You can do it by right clicking the drive and selecting properties. It will be on the TOOLS tab
Make sure that you have enough drive space. You must have at least 200MB free on the primary drive or Windows starts to lag badly.
Make sure that you have enough RAM. Right click My computer and select properties. Many computers come with only 512MB or less of memory. You need at least 1GB with all the new patches that Microsoft has put out.
Do not run an excessively large number of USB devices without using a powered HUB and make sure that the power supply in the PC has enough power to run all the devices attached to it. Most OEM PC's come with a 250w power supply, if you have added anything after market like Video or sound upgrades, you may need to take the power supply to 350-400w.
Don't run programs that for which you don't meet the system requirements. If your running something like Mass Effect to on a Celeron it is going to restart and hang.
Go to the manufacturers web site, find your model and the drivers should be right there.
After you are whole again, please go to PCPITSTOP.com and have them do a free scan of your computer. They will give you a comprehensive report with some recommended fixes. Some fixes are $ and some are free.
Please get CCleaner (google it) and let this free program do your house keeping duties. Use the first two routines on the top left.
Please ber Comodo Reg Cleaner, another wonderful free to use cleaner that will work on your registry.
Please get Spy Bot, search and destroy at PC world - another free utility. Dont be misled, get the free one called Spy Bot - search and destroy.
I use these at least monthly and usually weekly to keep my computer in good shape.
Following yor cleanup, please defrag your drive using either windows defrag or Defraggler, a free utility from the same folks that make CClean.
Your computer is infected with malware. You should install an antivirus and at least one antimalware program(the more the better). Once they are installed, make sure they are updated and run a scan with each program individually in safe mode(press f8 at the post screen when you turn on your computer and choose safe mode). A couple good free antivirus programs are AVG and Avast. To name a few good anti malware programs there's Spybot Search and Destroy, Superantispyware, and Lavasoft Adaware. You can also go to www.ewido.com and run an online scan.
virus protectors are like things in ancient world now days its spyware virus scanners lost there credibility to spyware programs cause spyware is quicker faster and they hide better but not from proper proggies
you need a strong firewall program like zone alarm
and spyware programs like spywareblaster and spy bot these programs are free bee's not shareware full functioning programs
you need to upgrade service pack 2 and internet explorer 7 with built in pop up blocker
wacovia pop ups are a phishing program looking to destroy comps these are spy ware and trojans hiding ready to strike once you get the recommended programs up these spy's should disapear
Have you gone online and downloaded the driver from the lexmark.com site? Have you turned OFF all anti virus software, firewalls and pop up blockers? Turn off programs like Spy Bot, Adaware and spy ware blockers. Spy Bot in particular will make that software hard to load. It sounds to me like one of your security software programs are stopping your setup. That is a very common problem.