January 4th, 2004, 05:27 AM
I just got a virus from aol instant messenger. It gives my comp a lot of pop-ups even when I'm not online. There are also toolbars that I did not install. I think some of the toolbars and things could be spyware. I am a noob please help me.
January 4th, 2004, 05:32 AM
Sounds like you've got some adware on there.
Download Spybot Search and Destroy to get rid of spyware and adware and such, its my favorite choice.
Download AVG to get rid of viruses and trojans, its not flashy or anything but it gets the job done.
Both are free, and you might want to download a firewall incase you've gotten a trojan, and they're always nice to have.
Get the free ZoneAlarm
You should do monthly or even weekly scans for these things to keep your computer clean.
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January 4th, 2004, 05:35 AM
Well you might wanna install and run this program [ If you dont have it already ]:
Ad-aware Standard Edition
This program will check your computer for spyware.
I read that you said it was a virus ? Now have you scanned your computer with your anti-virus software ? Cause if you did it should display the name of the virus that it has detected. Is your anti-virus software up-to-date as well ?
Another thing what are the name[s] of the toolbar[s] which you are mentioning ?
This might be something that you might wanna check out aswell:
Contains a lot of information :
You might wanna bookmark it you never know could come in-handy someday again.
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But like status has said it sounds more like spyware. But you never know it's better to be safe than sorry.
January 4th, 2004, 06:00 AM
NO NO NO! DO NOT GET ZONE ALARM! it is nothing but trouble. for a free firewall, get kerio. better protection, less hassle.
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January 4th, 2004, 03:46 PM
the aim virus you are speaking of (as far as i know) is actually classified as a trojan or worm . i am assuming that this is the one you get from clicking the link in a persons profile by clicking on a link that says "look i found %n's picture here" or something like "look at this amazing site" there are three versions of the virus... .one is realphx, one is buddypicture and the other i forget... but if you search google you can find fixes. spybot s & d finds realphx but i don't know about the otheres....
here is a link that provides on fix... that i think works for all three...
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January 4th, 2004, 05:01 PM
First of all, thank you all very much,
I have downloaded ad-aware and spybot S&D. Spybot works perfectly, but Ad-aware keeps not responding and I have to force it to quit. I will keep trying though. 1 thing I forgot to mention b4 is that my "system" window appears when I turn on my computer. Is that part of the spyware/adware or is that a setting I can change?
P.S. I think you guys are right, it isn't a virus technically
January 4th, 2004, 11:38 PM
What OS are you running ad-aware on ? Windows 98 ? XP ?
You can try these :
 Do a search for *.tmp files and delete them
 Defragment your computer
 Try Re-installing it again
Not much else that I can think of. Maybe someone else can suggest something better. Any other suggestions ?
January 4th, 2004, 11:52 PM
I reinstalled it and it works fine now, thanks I have windows ME
January 4th, 2004, 11:55 PM
what really bothers me, though, is that "system" window pops up when I start the computer.
Can anybody give me some advice on that?
January 5th, 2004, 12:02 AM
Now does that system window have like any name at the top ? What does it look like ? Does it say anything on it ?