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New hear, anyone know what "harvest" is?

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#1 EJSkater16


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Posted 28 January 2005 - 01:28 AM

Hi everyone, I've become pretty frustrated with Pop-Ups and the like, and am considering running HijackThis and posting a log on these forums. It looks like you guys know what you're doing and I can trust your responses.

Before I run the program, I just wanted to run a few responses by you, or anyone who could possibly answer them.

1. Periodically I have a folder show up on my desktop called "harvest", and it appears to be empty. I've deleted it and emptied the recycle ben every time, but something tells me that this isn't right. Does anyone know if that folder will come up from me running a certain type of program? I really appreciate anything you guys could reply to me!

2. I used to use Internet Explorer (I got Service Pack 2 which I thought was supposed to be a lot safer and better pop-up controlls, but ended up switching to Firefox) and whenever I would use IE, I would get these really annoying pop-ups from xlime.offeroptimizer.com or some other name like xadso.offeroptimezer.com (not sure if that second address is correct). So anyawy, I tried to read up on this xlime bleep on other forums, and there were so many different "solutions" to try that I only was able to get through of them before calling it quits. (I didn't mess around with restarting in Safe Mode, although I did attempt to delete some Registry Keys for xlime, they seemed to just come back). So I switched to Firefox, and the xlime ads aren't comming up anymore, but I'm still concerned that they may still be doing something bad to my computer. Anyone know of xlime is stopped by HijackThis?

Well, anyway, I don't really know what the problem is, but I know there is for sure something fishy going on on my computer, whether it's a virus, trojan, or spyware. I've even (in fact, just earlier today it happenned) had my computer randomly restart on me with nothing done by me! I was simply surfin' the web, when BAM!, the computer restarts. This does not sound good, to me.

THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS for any help you guys can provide!

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#2 tg1911


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Posted 28 January 2005 - 10:15 AM

Hello EJSkater16, and welcome to BleepingComputer.

Sounds like you might have spyware/malware problems.

Are you using these basic security programs?

aČ free-a complementary product to antivirus software which is specialized in protection against harmful software. Antivirus software often features an inadequate protection against Trojans, Dialers and Spyware. aČ fills this gap.
Ad-Aware-A good program similar to SpyBot S & D.
Spybot S&D-Detects and removes spyware, of different types, from your computer.
SpywareBlaster-A good program that prevents spyware from being installed on your computer in the first place. This program is always running in the background, protecting your computer. It prevents the installation of bad active X controls found in web pages.
SpywareGuard-A nice compliment to SpywareBlaster. This allows you the option to prevent downloads that contain bad active X controls.

If not, you need to. These programs, updated and used regularly, will do a lot to keep your computer clean of spyware, trojans, keyloggers, browser hijackers, etc...

Download them, update them, and then run them.

Please read this tutorial on Spybot S&D before using it. Spybot can do SERIOUS damage, if not used properly.

If that doesn't help, you should post a HijackThis log:

Download the latest version of HijackThis (HJT), from here.

Put HijackThis in a Permanent folder:
Click My Computer / C: / File / New / Folder / name the folder; HijackThis
Put HijackThis.exe, in this folder.
This is a mandatory step, for the backup and restore functions, of HijackThis, to be able to work.

Read the pinned post in the HJT forum, here

Then, run a log, and post it in the HJT forum, at this link. Do not, fix anything, yet.
A member, of the HJT Team, will help you out.
It may take a couple of days to get a response, but, the HJT Team are very busy. Please, be patient, these people are volunteers. They will help you out, as soon as possible.

Once you have made the post, please, DO NOT make another post in the HJT forum, until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. The first thing they look for, when looking for logs to reply to, is 0 replies. If you make another post, there will be 1 reply. The team member, glancing over the replies, might assume someone is already helping you out, and will not respond. So, just make your post, and let it sit there, until a team member responds. This way you will be taken care of, in the most timely manner.
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#3 jgweed


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Posted 28 January 2005 - 10:51 AM

Well you made two good decisions. First you changed to FireFox, second you came here for help with problems. TG1911's post outlines what you need to do.
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