Top of the morning to you! As you may have noticed, I am feeling a lot happier these days. I have followed most of the advice I have received from this site, with excellent results. I was very careful, however, and removed only a few of the Adware and Hijackers that both Spybot S&S and Yahoo! Ant-Spy found on my computer, at any one time. I am now down to tracking cookies and browser-helpers that I think I will leave alone for awhile until I see how things sort themselves out.
I have noticed major changes already, and at first had to go through a few episodes of Microsoft "error messages" and "This page cannot be displayed" overlays popping up whenever I paused on any site for more than a moment or two without scrolling down or clicking on anything. Whenever I tried to get rid of the latter, it would shut down my internet connection. That all passed after I removed the last of the Hijackers and the Adware that was listed on Anti-Spy.
I have not yet touched any of the spyware yet that was/is backing up some of the Adware, and I have two pages of MyWay, aka mywebsearch, to deal with and various other things that Spybot located. It seems to be connected with the Yahoo! Toolbar that I downloaded when I got Anti-Spy, which is possibly why it is not listed there. I hesitate to take it off in one fell swoop because I don't want to lose any privileges with Yahoo!, and in particular with the Anti-Spy community which seems to be a nice bunch of guys willing to help out novices who are having trouble. I always feel the more irons you have in the fire, the better, when it comes to solving problems!
If anyone here knows anything about> MyWay< or> mywebsearch>please let me know. So far I don't think I'm having any problems with it, but now that I can get down to some serious research for my studies, that may change. Most of it is located in< Windows Directory, Program Files or the Registry or HKey_Local_Machine\software\current\user> and other similarly titled files. I really don't want to mess with the Registry unless I'm forced to, and then only with very specific advice and directions from someone I trust. The people I have heard from on this site fit that description.
As for my RESTORE Files, while researching Symantec's< Viruses, Trojans and Worms> database, I read at some point that files located in the ARCHIVES, (which all of these are since they were quarantined by McAffey almost a year ago), do not pose a threat to the computer's operating system. Unless you advise to the contrary, I now feel that I can stop worrying about them.
I find that once I have removed anything with my AntiVirus, the best indicator of how my computer will behave for awhile is a particular game that I play on one of the game sites. It's a simple little game that requires a fast clicker to enable a decent score. Several of the things I removed had the word(s)< activex> in the File Address. Sure enough, the game is not responding well at this time. It may improve on its own (it has in the past, for what reason I don't know) or it might get worse. I've had it freeze up altogether in times past because I have clicked on it faster than it is able to accommodate. Is there a way of downloading a safe, spyware free version of the activex component?
My computer's Operating System is Windows Millenium Edition. It is almost new. I have had it for less than a year and only actively started using it about five months ago. I have made many mistakes while learning my way around on it and it has survived them all! I've grown attached to it, silly as that may seem. I have Windows Office 2000 and several other Windows Software packages on it, most of which I am still trying to get the hang of, and all of it is registered with Microsoft so I am entitled to updates and other perks with Genuine Microsoft Products.
Can you tell me if I need special software to download files such as Hijackthis and Winzip? I have downloaded both of these in the past, never to see them again. I wrote down their locations very carefully and their file addresses but was never able to access either of them. My Windows Search in the Start Menu managed to locate Hijackthis when I directed it to look in Computer, but the pathway it gave me was rejected when I entered it into the "open file...." as being incorrect. One of my Hijackers was responsible for that, I am sure. I have since discovered it by accident in my Windows Media Player under History but haven't a clue how to open it. Media Player cannot open it as that is not one of its functions. I have no idea what it is doing there or how it got there or what to do about it now.
I'm very sorry Leurgy, that this post has run on so long! My what a blabbermouth I've become, but I'm afraid to start editing it in case it gets even longer! I hope you can sort out the questions from the rest of the chit chat, and I hope I haven't abused your hospitality. It is so nice to have a listening ear (or eye, as the case may be). I'm very grateful to John as well and have taken much of his advice. Thank you John!
I will end this now.
Best regards from Bevilry7.