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#1 Nosaj

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Posted 02 January 2005 - 10:32 PM

Heya, I'm Jason. Please bear in mind that I know only what the average person of the computer generation knows, which isn't much heh. :flowers:

I've XP and have started to have several errors surrounded my computer recently. I believe it started when I was searching for a file via bit-torrent and with some of the engines I came across failed, I resorted to downloading a program called Torrent Search, which I believe is what is causing this ruckus. I deleted the program of course, but still scars remain, unless it's from something entirely different, in which case :thumbsup:

Such as: My recycling bin does not display any files that I delete, yet appears empty. And another strange thing is I can click on "Empty Recycling Bin," but it always asks if I want to remove 18 files that I deleted days ago and I've deleted more than that since.

Another is concerning logins. For instance, ebay does not allow me to sign in, but instead tells me that the page cannot be displayed/accessed/take your pick. It's also like this on the World of Warcraft forum and another I don't remember the name of. I've tried deleting my cookies, but still no change.

I'm also getting pop-ups on everything, including Firefox. In fact just now when I clicked on 'Show All' for the emoticons I got a pop-up for "Purchase SpyBlocs 3.0 to protect yourself from Internet threats that may jeopardize your PC and your identity!" I've come across this sort of thing and just scanned my comp for spyware and removed it. And in a relative note I've downloaded the latest version of Adaware, scanned and deleted whatever spyware appeared, but still no luck what so ever.

Oh and lastly the standard beep that Windows XP gives (sorry I don't even remember how it sounds) has been replaced with one that seems to come from the computer tower rather than where it should be: the speakers.

If someone can throw me a bone, it be much appreciated. Thanks.

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Posted 02 January 2005 - 11:55 PM

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.

Important:
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, then:

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.
Please, be patient, these people are volunteers. They will help you out, as soon as possible.
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Posted 03 January 2005 - 12:35 PM

Thanks for the response. I'll look into all possibilities.

Oh and because of the similarities between adaware and spybot could I have perhaps mishandled adaware so that it would mess up my computer?

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 01:15 PM

Thanks for the response. I'll look into all possibilities.

Oh and because of the similarities between adaware and spybot could I have perhaps mishandled adaware so that it would mess up my computer?

If that's the case you can reverse any changes made in either program, both Adaware SE & Spybot Search & Destroy 1.3 make backups before making any changes. HTH
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