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    Thank you all for your suggestions I do realize I can get them from anywhere, but my husband keeps saying "Where are you when you get the virus detected message?" and I say "the FORT, of course!" One time he even asked me which porn sight I was on, because apparently that is where it came from. :rolleyes (and I wasn't on one, I swear )

    So anyway, we will definately be looking into other stuff to safeguard our computers. Meanwhile, keep up the great advice everyone!

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    Ugh, I have some stupid search bar that keeps re-installing itself and some other stuff on my WORK computer. Then something pops up from our network VirusScan that says it has detected a virus. I don't think I actually have a virus, because the warning says it deleted it, but something keeps coming back. Not good.

    I've downloaded Ad-Aware and scanned it four or five times today. I also keep going to Add/Remove programs to get rid of the programs "WhenUSave" and "Memory Watcher". I guess I will have to get our IT staff involved tomorrow, but I thought I'd see if anyone here has a suggestion before it becomes apparent that I do *occasionally* look at non-work related web sites. Any sound advice is appreciated.
    I don't want to have to give up my daily FORT time.
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    Check your c:\windows\system directory for any DLL or EXE files that have funny names (like "zee0023.dll" and such). Delete them, and empty your recycle bin, then reboot. They'll be about 32k in size.

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    Thanks John! I'll give it a try...
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    Also, you can check the date/times on them. You may see 3 or 4 with all the same recent date and time on them. That's a big clue.

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    You may also want to check what is being run on startup.

    if you do start->run and type MSconfig.exe a dialog will popup that allows you to alter your configuration.

    Go to the startup tab, and uncheck anything that looks fishy (don't worry, there is nothing there that is required by windows). When you exit the application, it will ask you if you want to reboot.

    This, of course assumes you have windows XP.
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    Before you call your IT people, OTS, be sure to clear out your history, temporary internet files and/or cookies. (in other words, cover your a$$ on that non-work Net surfing. )
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    Quote Originally Posted by senrik

    This, of course assumes you have windows XP.
    For Millenium and 2000:

    start> run> msconfig

    Click on 'startup' and do what Senrik advised.

    ETA: to find out what that mumbo jumbo means on your start up, you can go to www.answersthatwork.com > Task List. It'll tell you what all those things are and if they are nasty or good.
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    I somehow picked up one of those crappy search bars the other night too, it must have been from closing a pop-up window. Ad-aware and Spybot Search & Destroy took care of it though.
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    I thought you guys might like these 2 free programs. They keep this kind of crap from ever getting on your PC in the first place. (like those rotten search bars )

    So basically these are like an AV program but they're for spyware.


    One of them runs in the background and one of them just runs when needed so you kind of need them both, but they're small and use almost no resources.
    http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
    http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareguard.html

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