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See that? That's what I'm going to do with my virus-infested PC.

Anyone here have any idea why I have to turn my computer off 3 times or more in order for the f@#king thing to boot up, or why when I use Google, it doesn't take me to, say, the Wikipedia page I wanted but websites with the names of "gooooosearch.com" or "breast-site.net?"

I hate Windows. I've been trying for months to fix this, with no luck.

I'm going to buy a Mac next. I can't stand Micro$h! anymore.

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Perhaps I should kill it with fire ...

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... before I give my life to the AppleLord?

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do you visit lots of "free porn" sites by chance?

I don't.

Remember the asshole who totaled the Firebird? I found his username and password for one of those sites saved into my list of saved passwords in Firefox.

(oh and inb4: delete system32, if anyone wanted to try that gag.)

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Step 1: Download a new browser, and helpful utilities:

FireFox

or

Google Chrome

*I recommend Chrome if you don't need plugins.

&

AVG Antivirus

or

Avira Antivirus

&

Hijack This

&

Ad-Aware

Step 2: Run this cool $h!, preferably in Safe Mode (tap F8 key when booting up)

Step 3: ??????

Step 4: Profit.

If there's nothing too important on the computer, or you can back things up easily, I'd recommend a full system reformat. Just make sure what you're saving isn't infected. Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever,ever, never, ever, never, ever, ever, ever save your passwords on a browser, especially if it's IE. In fact, never use IE.

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My friend... Once you go Apple, you'll never go back.

I defected a few years ago and don't regret it a bit.

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I have used both Apple and Windows based computers all my life. Both are ok. It just depends on what you do with them. If you like games and stuff, windows. If you like iEVERYTHING mac

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Step 1: Download a new browser, and helpful utilities:

FireFox

or

Google Chrome

*I recommend Chrome if you don't need plugins.

One step ahead of you here. I've been using Firefox for a while now and upgraded to the latest version a few weeks ago, hoping that it might would fix some of the problem.

&

AVG Antivirus

or

Avira Antivirus

&

Hijack This

&

Ad-Aware

Step 2: Run this cool $h!, preferably in Safe Mode (tap F8 key when booting up)

Step 3: ??????

Step 4: Profit.

Done and done.

Oh, another cute little piece of info I forgot: 90 percent of all of my document and file names are blue.

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There's a myriad of advice out there for situations like yours. Maybe running Firefox in safe mode may stop any redirecting on Google.

Really, the best way is to go through it yourself slowly, and use common sense. This stuff happens to the best of us.

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See that? That's what I'm going to do with my virus-infested PC.

Anyone here have any idea why I have to turn my computer off 3 times or more in order for the f@#king thing to boot up, or why when I use Google, it doesn't take me to, say, the Wikipedia page I wanted but websites with the names of "gooooosearch.com" or "breast-site.net?"

I hate Windows. I've been trying for months to fix this, with no luck.

I'm going to buy a Mac next. I can't stand Micro$h! anymore.

What OS are you using? XP, Vista?

Viruses and spyware seem to be one of the number one touted reasons to using Mac OS X over Windows. This reason has some legitimacy to it, although it is overblown. Having used both Macs (about every version since System 6) and Windows 95 through 7 for the last 10 years (mostly XP), I can hands down say Mac is entirely irrelevant for a computer-savvy person. I've never really used anti-virus either, as it is also pointless for a smart computer user.

It only takes a few simple and easy steps to protect yourself from viruses and spyware, even on an older OS such as XP. And you don't even have to give up your porn addiction! Firstly, most viruses and spyware on a PC are a result of user downloads. Chances are some of your afflictions fall under this category. You have to know what to run and what not to run.

There is also a good portion of viruses and spyware that can come from malicious websites without any user interaction, including the search engine hack that you are experiencing. To protect yourself from this, use Firefox 3.5 with the NoScript plug-in. This blocks all javascripts by default, and you can create a whitelist. Using the AdBlock Plus plug-in is also great as it blocks 95% or so of ads you see, further reducing the possibility of your browser loading an ad with a malicious javascript hidden in it (be sure to subscribe to the "EasyList"). These combined will make you an Internet superhero, so long as you don't make any dumb decisions such as downloading a file or just accepting all dialog boxes by default.

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One step ahead of you here. I've been using Firefox for a while now and upgraded to the latest version a few weeks ago, hoping that it might would fix some of the problem.

Done and done.

Oh, another cute little piece of info I forgot: 90 percent of all of my document and file names are blue.

do you visit lots of "free porn" sites by chance? :confused0071:

:smilewide:

J/K thought it was funny to repeat myself.

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One step ahead of you here. I've been using Firefox for a while now and upgraded to the latest version a few weeks ago, hoping that it might would fix some of the problem.

Firefox alone will help but won't stop all attacks. There are still some javascript loopholes that will allow spyware onto your system. Using NoScript takes care of this.

Also, as it stands your best option is to reinstall Windows. When your OS has become as infected as you described, it is nearly impossible to clean it entirely. If you can, get a new hard drive and load a fresh version of Windows onto that, then manually pull your files over from the old hard drive (no executable files, just your documents, media, etc).

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YJ, here's a couple things that may help you out on the 'blue text' deal.

http://www.computing.net/answers/windows-2...-blue/1079.html

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qi...17083224AA0DeO6

Siegen makes great points all around. Windows has problems because people don't take the simple, necessary precautions to avoid getting crap on their systems.

Plus, the new OS from Apple includes a pseudo-antivirus program. So don't think Apple is all that and a bag of chips either, because they sold themselves on having no viruses, and with their increased marketshare, that will change.

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The documents being blue means they are compressed. If you highlight them, right click, properties, you can uncompress them if you wish.

Oh yeah..... Windows 7 64bit FTW!

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What OS are you using? XP, Vista?

Windows XP SP3.

Basically, the last version of XP before they brought out Vista.

Viruses and spyware seem to be one of the number one touted reasons to using Mac OS X over Windows. This reason has some legitimacy to it, although it is overblown. Having used both Macs (about every version since System 6) and Windows 95 through 7 for the last 10 years (mostly XP), I can hands down say Mac is entirely irrelevant for a computer-savvy person. I've never really used anti-virus either, as it is also pointless for a smart computer user.

It's not just that I want to get away from Microsoft, Macs are great for recording music. Trent Reznor used Macs to record just about every NIN album, for example. Garageband is a great, basic recording program and it comes free with the computer. That's a big reason for me wanting to make the switch.

It only takes a few simple and easy steps to protect yourself from viruses and spyware, even on an older OS such as XP. And you don't even have to give up your porn addiction!

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Carelessly throwing taboo aside, I only buy porn in physical form. Free porn is the death of a PC. Anyone who has any remote form of mental capacity knows this.

Firstly, most viruses and spyware on a PC are a result of user downloads. Chances are some of your afflictions fall under this category. You have to know what to run and what not to run.

There is also a good portion of viruses and spyware that can come from malicious websites without any user interaction, including the search engine hack that you are experiencing. To protect yourself from this, use Firefox 3.5 with the NoScript plug-in. This blocks all javascripts by default, and you can create a whitelist. Using the AdBlock Plug plug-in is also great. These combined will make you an Internet superhero, so long as you don't make any dumb decisions such as downloading a file or just accepting all dialog boxes by default.

I'm going to follow up on some of those suggestions. Thanks, siegen. 8)

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spybot search and destroy owns

as well as malwarebytes

dont by a over priced mac just be smart or try Ubuntu with the apple theme its much better than osx I dont run AV or own any AV and i have never gotten viruses

If you change any of the crap below remember after you save that file go to start run then CMD

type the following

ipconfig /release

(hit enter)

ipconfig /flushdns

(hit enter)

ipconfig /renew

(Hit enter)

then restart

enable hidden folders and look for C:\windows\system32\driver\etc then open the Host file with note pad

these are the only things that should be in there, you can do redirection in there so if some one types in Google it goes to yahoo and yahoo goes to Google its pretty awesome.

# Copyright © 1993-2006 Microsoft Corp.

#

# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.

#

# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each

# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should

# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.

# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one

# space.

#

# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual

# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.

#

# For example:

#

# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server

# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

127.0.0.1 localhost

::1 localhost

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Carelessly throwing taboo aside, I only buy porn in physical form. Free porn is the death of a PC. Anyone who has any remote form of mental capacity knows this.

Just need to know where to go. jerk.gif

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Free porn is the death of a PC. Anyone who has any remote form of mental capacity knows this.

Wrong! That is WRONG! Free porn is the reason why PC's are getting so much better. If it weren't for the access to free porn, people would have no real interest in computers, and not buy them! Without people buying PC's for porn we wouldn't have nice things like:

Multi-Core Prcessors - Accessing porn faster!

Triple-Channel DDR3 RAM - Running more porn processes and windows at once!

Multi-Terabyte Hard Drives - Storing more porn!

Graphics Cards - Porn... in high def!!!

Multi-Channel Onboard Sound - Porn in Dolby 7.1!

Wireless Keyboards and Mice - Porn on your couch or bed!!

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I'm a fan of just backing up files and wiping the hard drive clean, then doing a fresh OS install to get rid of viruses. Many viruses will block anti-virus programs from removing them, so unless the program is there to block the virus to begin with, it doesn't do much good half the time.

Or you can overpay for a mac and be a little safer, but there are viruses for macs, just not as many, at least not yet.

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Four detections and four warnings so far using Avira, and this makes the second scan I've had to do. First scan, it caught a trojan horse lurking in my OS, so I deleted that file and restarted my PC. It also caught another t-h when I opened up Firefox. Google seems to be working normally ... so far.

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Wrong! That is WRONG! Free porn is the reason why PC's are getting so much better. If it weren't for the access to free porn, people would have no real interest in computers, and not buy them! Without people buying PC's for porn we wouldn't have nice things like:

Multi-Core Prcessors - Accessing porn faster!

Triple-Channel DDR3 RAM - Running more porn processes and windows at once!

Multi-Terabyte Hard Drives - Storing more porn!

Graphics Cards - Porn... in high def!!!

Multi-Channel Onboard Sound - Porn in Dolby 7.1!

Wireless Keyboards and Mice - Porn on your couch or bed!!

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Yeah, this is why you don't let other people use your personal computer without your being present. You have at least one trojan horse-type virus, so you have your work cut out for you to rid it from your computer. Best start now.

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Four detections and four warnings so far using Avira, and this makes the second scan I've had to do. First scan, it caught a trojan horse lurking in my OS, so I deleted that file and restarted my PC. It also caught another t-h when I opened up Firefox. Google seems to be working normally ... so far.

Sounds like good progress. Now that things are a bit more stable, I'd suggest figuring out which files you want to save and put them in a folder for backup. Make sure they're scanned as they go in. Same thing goes if you want to save bookmarks - their library can be exported as an .html file. Burn them to CD/DVD or save to an external drive.

After that, it's best to do a full reformat of your computer and start from scratch, with all the updates and the antivirus and anti-spyware programs running right at the start.

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Windows XP SP3.

Basically, the last version of XP before they brought out Vista.

It's not just that I want to get away from Microsoft, Macs are great for recording music. Trent Reznor used Macs to record just about every NIN album, for example. Garageband is a great, basic recording program and it comes free with the computer. That's a big reason for me wanting to make the switch.

Carelessly throwing taboo aside, I only buy porn in physical form. Free porn is the death of a PC. Anyone who has any remote form of mental capacity knows this.

I'm going to follow up on some of those suggestions. Thanks, siegen. 8)

I also use XP SP3 and have been for quite some time on my main PC. I used 7 for a few months but recently switched back do to some incompatibilities with older programs. 7 is an excellent OS and I may switch to it in the future, btw.

I had a little run-in with some nasty virus/spyware that I couldn't eliminate a while back. It was caused by a malicious script being run behind an ad on an otherwise non-malicious website (it happened to be Mininova). That's what sparked me to start using NoScript on all my PCs (and recommending it to friends). Prior to that I was under the assumption that javascript (or another scripting language; perhaps even flash) wouldn't be able to do harm to me simply from browsing a website.

NoScript blocks all scripts, including Java, Javascript, Flash, etc, by default. Unfortunately there isn't a whitelist that you can just sign up with; you have to build your own. When you visit a website that uses a scripting language such as Javascript, a bar will open up at the bottom of the screen and you can select individual domains to whitelist. For example, I can whitelist cheersandgears.com, but blacklist any tracking domains that are used on this site, such as Google Analytics. After a while using it you will have all of your commonly visited sites whitelisted. You can also choose to globally enable all scripts, but that sort of defeats the purpose.

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Wrong! That is WRONG! Free porn is the reason why PC's are getting so much better. If it weren't for the access to free porn, people would have no real interest in computers, and not buy them! Without people buying PC's for porn we wouldn't have nice things like:

Multi-Core Prcessors - Accessing porn faster!

Triple-Channel DDR3 RAM - Running more porn processes and windows at once!

Multi-Terabyte Hard Drives - Storing more porn!

Graphics Cards - Porn... in high def!!!

Multi-Channel Onboard Sound - Porn in Dolby 7.1!

Wireless Keyboards and Mice - Porn on your couch or bed!!

Lol. Don't forget wireless keyboards and mice, so you can watch porn on your bed.

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