I have a virus that only allows me to access porn sites

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  1. MoWolfe1134

    MoWolfe1134 New Member

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    I need help in getting rid of the virus. While I do like porn I do have actual work that I need to get done, can anybody help me?
     
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    There's a nasty one running around that you need special programs to get rid of. Steps include booting to safe mode, running the program, then manually editing the registry. It's painful. I suggest getting someone to do it because it's very easy to reinfect the PC if you don't get all of it out.
     
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    You can't really reinfect it if it wasn't clean to begin with. :p

    If you know the name of it that would help a lot, but your best bet for a quick fix would probably be to boot into Safe Mode with Networking so you can still get online without having to worry about the problem. Snag Spy Bot Search and Destroy, Hijack This, or Lavasoft's AdAware. All do a pretty excellent job provided the problem isn't technically a virus (which in my experience as a repair tech has generally been the case).

    At the very least, there's a good chance (especially Hijack This) will be able to hook you up with the name of the offending app, which will allow you to do a better search.

    However, given you're already online here, you can probably skip the Safe Mode with Networking bit and just snag the installers for those apps from whatever computer you're using at the moment.
     
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    Very kind of you to teach him how to use and interpret the results while walking him through all the steps. I wouldn't have the patience to do that over the internet.
     
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    Ad aware SE
    Spybot search and destroy
    AVG free
    Avast
    Super AntiSpyware

    These are all the ones I use, I've never had a problem before.
     
  6. Deno

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    well LPSG isn't a porn site and you got access to it. I usually look first in Hkey_local_machine/ software/ microsoft/ windows/ run, in the registry for an installed virus.

    However you better know what your doing to avoid messing things up even worse.
     
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    Irish and Think Kink give good advice. They are gods. Listen to them.
     
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    AVG every time for me and you can send them a report about the virus and they will deal with it.
     
  9. B_ScaredLittleBoy

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    Little tips that I use:

    Click Start > Run

    Type MSCONFIG

    Go to the services tab. Tick the box for 'hide all microsoft services' then untick all the boxes that come up (or just the ones that are suspect if you can). Usually virus services have bullshit names like ljfdlajfldaj or kfjdlkjdl etc.

    Then go to Startup tab and click disable all. Exit then restart.

    As it restarts press F8 continuously til a screen comes up. Go down the list and click return on Safe Mode. Login and then click Start > My Computer > C:/ (Or whatever your main drive is, might not be C drive

    Then from C:/ go to:

    Windows > System32

    In system 32 click Date Modified to list the files by the date they were made.

    Delete everything from today or the past few days (depending when the problems started).

    Go to recycle bin and empty it.

    Then restart. Things won't be perfect but it should improve them. Then do a scan with HijackThis (google) and then Spybot Search & Destory (google).

    Then you might also want to do a virus scan.
     
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    HiJackThis is a dangerous application in inexperienced hands. I would stick to Spybot in the first instance, then AdAware if you are still having problems. If after using both of these you still have a problem, the AdAware site has a forum where they will help you to use HiJackThis safely. There is a whole forum dedicated to the software and instructions re what they need from you to help you remove the problem from your system.

    Maintaining my own computer (which is alway connected via broadband), I use SpybotS&D, Norton Internet Security and CookieWall. NIS has a firewall but I also have a separate one in my router so that acts like a double barrier (as it were!) for the critters to get through. And that's all I use. I used to use about half a dozen applications to prevent the download of diallers and the like but these days many of them conflict with each other (and that can stop them working properly) so I don't bother.

    Oh, and the biggest favor you can do for your computer? Switch to Firefox browser. Most websites work with Firefox. I used to use IE and was forever picking up tracking cookies, diallers and malware. These days I don't get any unless my son uses Windows Live Messenger...
     
  11. Mr. Snakey

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    Yes Hijack this can do great harm to your computer if you dont know what you are doing. If you are broadband turn the modem off when you are not using the computer. If you leave it on (you are on line) someone could hack your computer even without it turned on. Spybot, AVG etc are all great. They are just as good as Norton and the like and best of all they are free. Go to download.com. They have all of this and more and information to help you.
     
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    Careful with MSCONFIG... It only disables the script partially. It still can load in memory.
    If you want to turn services off, try Glarysoft's utilities...They work well for disabling programs and scripts in their entirity.
    Careful deleting items in the system 32 directory... If you delete a critical system file...your screwed.

    The best thing to do, is download Avast Antivirus, and schedule a BOOT TIME SCAN within the program.
    Do this in Safe Mode as stated. Start your PC, and start tapping the F8 key (If windows XP). Select "Safe mode with networking"

    Think Kink and the rest have a good idea. Download those programs and get to cleaning.
    I can also send them if need be.

    Avast Antivirus http://www.avast.com
    Arovax Anti-Spyware and Other tools: http://www.arovax.com/
    Arovax Shield will help protect the registry from being written to, thus not allowing programs to install themselves.
    Lavasoft Ad-Aware : http://www.lavasoft.com (Used to be good, but seems theyre not so good anymore)
    Glarysoft Utilities - VERY good.. http://www.glarysoft.com

    Don't forget to update windows as well. http://www.windowsupdate.com
    DO NOT DO NOT DO XP Service Pack 3 Through Windows Update!! If you want SP3, download the full network distributable and then load it. The Winupdate version is corrupted and will JACK your system up.



     
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    Hijack this is primarily used to target a single file that cannot be deleted due to being in use or a tough virus...IF...you can find the source file. Agree - you can really booger your PC up if you start deleting critical system files.

    Norton and McAffee are the biggest bloatware programs to come along.
    They HOG system resources, and completely take over your PC.
    You can't just simply remove them through add and remove programs. you have to download THEIR Uninstaller to STRIP the program out, since it leaves registry keyes, and their proprietary firewall intact, which...by the way... disables all connectivity when removed.

    The first thing I do, if I get a machine with Norton or McAfee - is disable them completely, and then remove them if at all possible.
    C
     
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    Can we get the distributable via the windows update site?
     
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    Funnily enough, Norton is okay if you disable the phishing filter. I used to find that it took FOREVER to load but now it's fine. Oh, and don't go for Norton 360 because that really does take over your system and it resists all attempts to customise it too. NIS comes with its own uninstaller but after using it, the system needs to be restarted in safe mode and entries need to be deleted from the registry and from MSConfig. So I do agree to some extent that it takes over your system but I have come across worse programmes in that respect...
     
  16. Mr. Snakey

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    Norton and McAffee are just high price garbage. With the new computers they only come with a 90 day trial period most of the time anyway. They rob your system of memory and dont do a good job at all. If you have them installed you have to download their uninstaller. Its a good idea to get a registry cleaner too. Avg, Spybot etc, and a good registry cleaner are all free at Download.com. Everyone should check this site out. Also remember to defragment your computer at least once a week and do disc clean up. Every time you remove a file or program (spyware too) the disc becomes fragmented. So defragment often. The first thing i did when i got my new computer is get rid of Norton.
     
  17. ManlyBanisters

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    No - Update only does it's own thing.

    You can get it from the Microsoft Download Center:
    Download details: Windows XP Service Pack 3 Overview

    Rikter - Are you sure Update's SP3 is corrupt - or did it just do a number on you? I mean SP3 has been knocking about for long enough for them to have had complaints and fixed it. That's a fairly serious issue, I find it strange that MS would leave that unfixed for any length of time at all.
     
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    Manly, that comment came from Microsoft. It had known issues that has affected many PC's...and many of my customers unknowingly downloaded it and it wreaked havoc.

    It's best to download the full, then SLOW burn it to a CD, and then install it, or keep it as a backup. That way its clean, and when the download is complete, the file size and structure is verified to be correct.
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    I would stay away from any further XP updates except security patches. They will simply bog your machine down and force you to get Vista. The updates will become so heavy your computer wont be able to handle it. A nasty dirty trick indeed. By the way Vista and Xp can be installed and run on the same computer. I and another co-worker are working on this now. This will happen soon. It looks good.
     
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