I just formatted and reinstalled my computer about 2 months ago.
And already, it is completely infested with spyware, trojons, virus, and more.
Internet Explorers home page changes every day, sometimes to a crazy search page, sometimes to some crap porn page.
AVG antivirus finds about 5 Trojons on every complete scan, but, it will NOT delete or heal them !!
Windows itself, is going mad, using 99% CPU at all times. Windows is called "Explorer.exe" on the task manager, thats what shows as using 98% CPU at all times. And between 60 and 99 MB of memory !!!
I have ran Adaware, and Spybot, both found a ton of stuff, but I guess not all of it.
The computer also sometimes says it cannot find services.exe on startup, yet, I can see it running in the task manager.
I had to turn off Spybots real time protection, it will sit there allllll day beeping, saying something is changing a value, and asking me what to do, after 20+ times, I get tired of it and close it.
Please help, I am about 3 beeps away from using it as target practice.
IE and Outlook, not to mention Windows, are full of holes. Use Netscape instead. And get a commercial antivirus package. And don't open attachments without scanning them first... and even if you scan them, never open .pif, .scr, .exe, .msi files.
I've never had a virus on my home computer, even though I usually keep Norton off since it slows down the system. If you're careful about the things you run on your system and make sure you're behind a firewall, you don't really have to worry.
Frenchy, that might be one of them, I am not sure,
I'll have to write down the names of all of them tonight.
There are about 5 that AVG will not get rid of. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
Found a program called Startpage guard, from that other thread in the cafe, I think it will fix the Home page problem.
But, there is still the fact that windows is using 99% cpu, and 95MB of memory ! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/icon15.gif[/img]
God only knows what that is doing. eating hard drive knowing my luck.
I have an idea, [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/sssh.gif[/img] I think adult site is not good for the PC's health [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grinser2.gif[/img]
I have a few questions.... You said you reloaded two months ago... Did you run Windows update after that to make sure you had all of the critical patches applied? Also, after your reload did you install anti-virus or did you wait until you had problems? With as much stuff as your system seems to be hosed up with, I would prob go for a reinstall. You are going to get brain damage trying to remove half of the spyware it sounds like you have....
i wont say run linux i wont i promise [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]i still use win2 k my self but boot into linux more and more but i realy never get virus is win2k .had one once and it was a easy one free anti virusfree firewall
You need to reinstall Zonealarm and just deal with it. Your lack of a firewall means that you're leaving yourself wide open to any number of things. Try also posting a listing of the names of the files that your various programs are finding but not deleting.
I had a lot of similar problemas at one time or another, despite using both PC-Cillin (came with the Sony computer I have now) as well as GriSoft's free AVG anti-viral software. Also downloaded Spybot. The last straw came one day when something infected my files to the point where they were unrecoverable.
I broke down and reformatted, then installed (bought and paid for) Norton's Anti-Virus with the daily automatic updates, deleted PC-Cillin and never brought AVG back in, and have not had a problem since. In fact I just paid the annual renewal fee, it's been that long and I am that satisfied.
I bring all this up only because I noted your only mention of anti-virus software was the AVG one (didn't specify if free or not).
The Norton program, after identifying some new bug, will either
1) repair any infected files
2) delete it if it has not attached itself to a file, or
3) not allow access to it (quarantine).
It will pop up a message immediately no matter where I am in the computer, to let me know something is up. Well worth $39.95 (or whatever it was). HTH.
Once you get your box straight:
Turn off JAVA,
Consider using a top-notch privacy service. This is the 21st century and this is not going to get any better -- it can only get worse. Bite the bullet. Look at the time you've wasted trying to straighten this stuff out -- over and over.
I use the best, most highly configurable service on the web and it cost me only $5.95/mo -- and the price will never go up. For that small amount I get bullet-proof email with more anti-spam options than anywhere else, unlimited email aliases that I can make up on the fly and cancel at any time, 50MB space for a personal website, 50MB email storage and much more.
I really can't do it justice here -- that was just a very small sample of their services.
Check out their Features page here. Link Removed, see note below.
Give yourself a break, especially if you're running Windows.
I'm paid up for years.
EDIT: Took out business link. Sorry, it never occured to me that it may have been inappropriate. PM me for the company info if you are interested.
I would never hook up to the internet with NT (Win2k, XP, etc.) without a firewall. Something is trying to access my internet port 135 about once a minute. I assume it's the Blaster worm. It's also a very good idea to disable the Messenger Service. Not to be confused with Windows Messenger on XP, which I also get rid of.
The current version of Zone Alarm will configure itself and should install easily.
Be careful what you download. I'm told the file sharing services like Kazaa will pollute your computer in a hurry.
You might want to do a search for System File Checker, also known simply as sfc. It's a utility that comes with Windows (all flavors, I think) and can replace corrupt system files with good ones from your Windows CD, or CAB files.
Do a search to learn how to properly use this utility for your specific flavor of Windows (though they are all probably run exactly the same, not sure).
It sometimes works, sometimes not ..... but at this point it is worth a try.
Sometimes when the security of a system has been compromised to such an extent... it is best just to do a full reinstall. Otherwise i can assure you that you will be working on this for awhile and still not be certain that you have cleaned your system. I would rather go through the suffering of reinstalling than to worry constantly about the security of my system.