Edited by irinman2424, 20 March 2008 - 09:26 AM.
Posted 20 March 2008 - 09:25 AM
Posted 20 March 2008 - 12:51 PM
What do you run for a virus scanner?
What do you run for a spyware/malware scanner?
I'd start there making sure these are up to date and functioning properly then run full system scans.
(I'd probably run this free online scan as well just to make sure something hasn't hijacked your local scanners.)
Let us know from there. Goodness knows that's only the beginning.
(It could be a bunch of other things. )
Posted 20 March 2008 - 01:19 PM
I use AVG spybot and addaware
Edited by irinman2424, 20 March 2008 - 01:24 PM.
Posted 20 March 2008 - 03:05 PM
Posted 22 March 2008 - 03:27 PM
Umm... try out some others here.
If those come back clean then I would think the original suggestion of investigating settings is the next step. The odd characters you are talking about seeing seems like an issue with the character set your browser(s) is using perhaps. (Honestly not sure where that setting even is within IE...) I'd consider uninstalling and reinstalling IE (making sure to wipe all related files and the registry key or keys before reinstalling) if I couldn't get it figured out.
Hope any of that helps. I'm pretty stumped beyond that.
Posted 22 March 2008 - 04:29 PM
You more then likely have TROJ_VUNDO and CRYP-TAP-2 (Google them and you'll find a ton on them) as a minimum from what you have said. They are most often attached to the ShopperReports, Fun Web Games or My Web Search add-on for IE/Fire Fox. Once installed they affect all browsers on your system. You may also have the new version of the FROTO virus. These are all hard to get rid of so be careful. It appears that ComboFix is the only thing that really finishes the job with these bad boyz. PM me if you need any further details.
Posted 22 March 2008 - 06:17 PM
Edited by Charles, 22 March 2008 - 06:18 PM.
Posted 25 March 2008 - 02:46 PM
Sometimes even if the computer has been "cleaned" the registry still has errors in it from these rogue programs. Remember viruses ARE programs. Also quite a few legitimate programs don't uninstall as cleanly as they should. The result is a barfed up registry.
Lately I've been impressed with Registry Booster from Uniblue.
Not free. This program can be very useful though.
Posted 26 March 2008 - 12:56 PM
Posted 26 March 2008 - 01:13 PM
Posted 26 March 2008 - 01:30 PM
Posted 26 March 2008 - 05:01 PM
The programs that were uninstalled were more then likely the reason you had the problems. Many of the new viruses attach themselves to what seem to be good programs.
Posted 03 April 2008 - 10:45 PM
Finally have a clean runningsaystem. I also use Tune Up Utilities 2008 and RegCure for other things that go awry..
Posted 04 April 2008 - 12:59 PM
Tyoe in Speed up Mozilla and open two windows, one to read the instructions and the other to type in the changes. It only takes a minute and does speed up Mozilla quite a bit.
Also type in speed up XP and look through them -there are several that will let you speed up XP quite a bit also..
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