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#1 DrScientist

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 02:14 PM

Hello, I'm new to these forums. I have mentioned this problem to a few people and a few forums, but I have not felt I've been given the best advice to deal with my problem.

For a few months now, I have had a problem with my computer. Basically, if I want to check something by clicking on Control Panel or My Computer, before taking me to the proper screen, Internet Explorer will suddenly launch, and a window will pop up telling me I may be at risk of spyware, and that I should scan my computer. Clicking the "X" button usually does not close it at first. Sometimes, it will tell me I have porn on my computer (which I don't).

I have scanned my computer with the latest, up to date version of Avasts free antivirus software, and although it has found a few virus in the past, recent scans have come up with nothing. I'm also using SpyBot: Search and Destroy, also up to date and also finding nothing.

I have an old, used computer that uses Windows 2000 which I have been using for a few months. It used to be an office computer, and it has a very small hard drive, so downloading new programs may not be an option. I was using the free Comodo firewall, but had to uninstall recently due to problems with it not opening up. I have also tried uninstalling Ad-Aware 2007, to free up space, but have been unable to do so.

When I want to go online, I use the latest version of Mozilla Firefox, which I switched to after having problems with Explorer. I believe the version of Explorer I have is version 6.

I'm pretty new when it comes to computers, so I was hoping someone could offer some clear advice/suggestions.

Thanks!

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 02:30 PM

Welcome to BC
What you are describing is certainly spyware. I'm moving your post to a forum where the experts can better address the problem
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Posted 27 April 2008 - 04:41 PM

http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-1035-1053248.html

see if you can recover some space with disk cleanup

if windows has been installed for that long you would need to reinstall W2ksp4, whoever got you that computer ought to have the disk
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 10:13 AM

Yeah, I know how to do a disk cleanup. The thing is, there really is not much more stuff to clean up beyond temporary internet files. The computer itself belonged to a company who were upgrading their computers. A friend of mine told me that office computers usually have smaller hard drives.

I'm not sure if I would be able to get the original disks back. I got the computer from my brother in law, who got in from work. I actually mentioned getting the disks back before, but he didn't sound too hopeful.

The real problem is with Internet Explorer opening itself when I try to open something unrelated to it. What would cause it to do that? I never get pop up messages when I use Firefox.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 10:34 AM

http://magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/

retrieve any useful key's, write them down and save in a safe place

if later you find a w2ksp4 disk that number will be useful

Sounds like your computer has an infection of malware, many infect the computer and then insert themselves into IE

We seemed to have reached a point of no return since you don't want to download any other programs or cleanup the hard drive.

How big is the drive and what free space is available

I can only help you so far, maybe you should buy a bigger hard drive or some extra storage?

Edited by DaChew, 28 April 2008 - 10:35 AM.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 12:33 PM

Well it's not so much that I don't want to download anything, as I'm not sure if I will have the space on my computer to download it. According to my computer, I have 4.00 GB, with 3.93 used, and 66.9MB free. Since I'm not experienced with computers, I needed a friend to tell me that is very small.

If the problem is Malware, shouldn't something like SpyBot be able to do something about it? Or is Spyware different to Malware?

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 12:51 PM

Did you run disk cleanup? Is there anything in add/remove programs that could be uninstalled?

Please don't argue, we are attempting the impossible and it will take your full cooperation.

We are going to need some more free space, a lot more. That's your job, spybot will not do everything you need done.

Edited by DaChew, 28 April 2008 - 12:52 PM.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 01:39 PM

I'm sorry. I'm not trying to argue. If I've come across as rude, I apologize. But, no, I wasn't arguing.

I used the disk clean up. I was able to delete some of the temporary files, and that's about it. There is nothing in the add/remove programs that can be uninstalled. About a week ago, I tried to uninstall Ad-Aware 2007, but it will not uninstall. In fact, Avast seems to be the only program that can be clicked on among the the add/remove options.

I have been told it would be a good idea to buy an external hard drive. But since my computer is old as it is I wonder if it would be better to just buy a new computer? Really, I only use the computer to go online.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 03:52 PM

when available hard drive space becomes critically low, defrag is impossible, windows can become confused or corrupted

swap file cannot expand, add malware into the recipe and the computer becomes mostly disfunctional.

Did you get that liscense number for W2k off the hard drive?

4 gigs is pushing the limit that W2k could even be installed on, my Wxp w/sp3 backup is over 3 gigs already
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 04:39 PM

http://www.sharpened.net/helpcenter/answer.php?106

how much RAM do you have ?

If you are using Windows, you can find out how much RAM you have by right-clicking the My Computer icon and selecting "Properties..." This will open the System Properties window and you can view the amount of physical memory installed under the General tab



exactly WHAT basic programs do you have on there

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 05:07 PM

computers of that era actually ran most of their programs off network servers, you can't even uninstall them properly

nightmare to work on
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