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#1 davidpqz

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Posted 06 June 2005 - 04:23 AM

I'm someone who wants to use the internet. However it's now so infested (for windows users) I'm going to have to study how to remove the various nasties that inhabit it. Wouldn't it be wonderful if people were honest. I've just wasted an hour trying to find a free offering that removes About:Blank for XP. Of course after downloading, installing, scanning and poised on the brink of removal - it then, for the very first time asks for money.

The internet is the most powerful tool to inform, educate, communicate and amuse this century and its turning into a bog of untruthful commercial bleep.

What's the answer? Mac users preach of a promised land which is virus free - is that the way to go?

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Posted 06 June 2005 - 06:44 AM

:thumbsup: to BC,

You may want to try the free scanner at www.lavaoftusa.com; it is a very good scanner that can find many different viruses.

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Posted 06 June 2005 - 06:53 AM

Hello davidpqz and welcome to BC

The internet is a terrific resource that has many benefits but also many pitfalls. Unfortunately, many people prey upon inexperienced users such as yourself, but there are things you can do to protect yourself.

Our Bleeping Computer guide to Simple steps to keep your computer secure! is a great resource for some common security steps one can take to avoid those pitfalls.

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#4 Pandy

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Posted 06 June 2005 - 11:13 AM

Hi davidpqz. With a little knowledge even us Windows users can be safe on the net. The article Leurgy linked you to is the perfect article to read all about it. LOL

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Posted 06 June 2005 - 11:14 AM

Having a firewall, a resident anti-virus, and several spyware removal applications on your computer, updating these regularly and installing all Microscoft critical updates will go a long way in keeping your computer safe. Many people recommend avoiding using MS's Internet Explorer as your computer's default browser.
Just as importantly, getting an understanding of the pitfalls of using the internet, which is no longer a safe place, and understanding how malware works, can prevent downloading malware by the user.

The German philospher Karl Jaspers once wrote about "axial" events in world history. The development of the web is certainly, as we are beginning to realise, one of these axial, or watershed, events; perhaps it is the steam engine of our century.

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 10:45 PM

:thumbsup: to BC! davidpqz.
Yes those are all great ways to remove it, however a more important issuse is how to prevent it. First and for most to prevent from most of it. Use only Mozilla Firefox for browsing, except when doing Microsoft's Windows Updates.

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Posted 09 June 2005 - 06:12 AM

perhaps it is the steam engine of our century.


Is that why I see steam coming out of one of mine? :thumbsup:

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