Screwed Computer User - Someone Help!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by lynchie, Sep 15, 2004.

  1. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    Right, I've just connected up my laptop to the internet for the first time in ages, using AOL (don't sneer, it was the first free CD I found!!) anyway, I keep getting these weird pop up messages saying my computer is infected with something and I should go to some website. Now there's no way I'm going to that website to get infested with more stuff, but how the hell can I get rid of this first virus? I'm running Norton on it now, and downloading all the latest Windows updates (it's been over a year!) but has anyone ever heard of this? And do you know a quick way of getting rid of it?

    And anyone who just wants to mock me for getting in this situation in the first place... I couldn't feel any worse right now, so take your cheapest shot!
     
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  3. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Where's it asking you to visit Lynchie...?

    You might want to download and install the following applications;

    Adaware - free spyware remover..

    Spybot Search and Destory - another very good spyware killer

    HijackThis - removes unwanted trojans, scripts and stuff

    Let us know if you need more help after you have downloaded and ran each of these items.
     
  4. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    Thanks John, I'll give it a shot once everything's updated... the sites it's trying to get me to go to are things like www.updatenow.org and www.windowupdate.net (please, no one click on those 2!!) but it seems to change on every one... they seem like the standard "Sounds a bit proffessional but not quite right" sort of addresses I'd expect which is why it alerted me... at first I thought it might be a feature of AOL, but managed to stop myself before going to the website!

    Cheers for the links, I'll let you know!!
     
  5. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    NP Chris, but am off to bed in a mo as I have an early meeting in the morning... I'll catch up with your progress tomorrow...
     
  6. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    ahem... I'm sure you meant Paul, and I'll let you off since you're helping me out ;)
     
  7. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    Sorted! (I think) Seems to be a common problem with AOL because I found about 5 or 6 other people with the same thing when I checked out an AOL forum thingy. Apparently it was all just a messenger thingy I could disable in the control panel... all sorted now!

    Thanks for all the links anyway John, some of this software could turn out very useful when I'm sharing a network with a few thousand other students...
     
  8. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Glad to read that you're sorted Chris... Yeah, I use those programmes regularly as you'd be surprised what stuff gets loaded onto your PC that you don't know about. Adaware from lavasoft is especially good.

    AOL though.... beurgh..... AO(Hell) more like... :)
     
  9. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    If I might be so bold, I can reccommend a program called spysweeper which helps eliminate all sorts of nasty pop-uppy things and stops sites dropping adverts on your machine. You can try it for free. It also stops programs from interfering with your favourites and re-directing you without your knowledge or consent.

    http://www.webroot.com
     
  10. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Hmmm.. me thinks I might put a collection of useful links re spyware, trojans, malicious script removers etc in the tMP library section for eveyone to use...
     
  11. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    Excellent idea John. I see it is now working. :)
     
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