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    Dreaming, now that you have Systemworks you can see where this stuff is coming from! When you get a Security Alert, you can click on "alert tracker" or "details" and see where it's coming from. By the way, if you keep Systemworks updated, you will usually see that the trojan or virus has been blocked so you won't have to do anything to remove it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oneTVslave
    I think the file name was something like 01fkae3.exe...
    Whenever I get a file name like that I google the name as is and generally I'll get a few hits. Usually they are links to a computer chat forum, but I can usually find what I'm looking for that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by queenb
    Dreaming, now that you have Systemworks you can see where this stuff is coming from! When you get a Security Alert, you can click on "alert tracker" or "details" and see where it's coming from. By the way, if you keep Systemworks updated, you will usually see that the trojan or virus has been blocked so you won't have to do anything to remove it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John
    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.
    My computer is acting $#@% like and I'm losing stuff and Word and everything else is freezing and I see that I have some funny-named stuff on my system directory as mentioned right here!

    How do I know if I delete them that I'm not destroying like, my entire MS office package or something? Ahhhhhhhhhh!! Piece of turd-like ick.

    Seriously, can I delete these things safely? Fudge.

    And I can't shut down some of my programs/web pages, i.e. "program not responding" messages. This...is...grrrrrrrrreeeeaaat .

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    My computer guy recommends Panda Software rather than Norton or McAfee. It's a company out of Spain. Just about every time I come to the FORT I end up getting a port scan warning. It only happens here and at one other site I go to. I'm not sure what all that is about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToothDoc
    My computer guy recommends Panda Software rather than Norton or McAfee. It's a company out of Spain.
    When it pops up a warning, does it read: [cornball Spanish accent] "In my country, we would call this the Sasser worm"?

    Just kidding. I've heard of Panda, and it's rated well with PC World in the past. I've avoided it because of how much it cost.

    Shazzer, this is what I use with some success:

    Sygate Personal Firewal - I like it better than ZoneAlarm, which over time, seemed to have slowed both Windows (98 and XP) and my Internet access to a crawl.

    Spybot Search & Destroy - I thought I would combine Spybot with Ad-aware for a zero-tolerance approach to adware/spyware/scumware, but since configuring Spybot "Resident," I haven't had to. The Resident component tries to act before spyware infects your PC. Ad-aware's cleanup tool is nice, but I'd feel more comfortable if this garbage didn't hit my computer to begin with. I like Spybot's proactive approach.

    avast! - Nice antivirus; smaller "footprint" than AVG (another free product). Configure avast! to auto-update and forget about it.

    All three utilities above are free. Since I installed them on my work laptop, I've been plugging along worry-free.
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    Phat, you are a life saver! And I mean that in both the normal way, and in the little, hard, candy way. Dunca!
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    I really hope this is the right place to put this, but everyone PLEASE be careful of the virus going around that will attack tomorrow.

    http://sympaticomsn.ctv.ca/servlet/A...a_virus_060202

    'Kama Sutra' computer virus set to strike Friday
    CTV.ca News Staff

    Experts are warning that a seductively-named but maliciously-behaving computer worm -- dubbed "Kama Sutra" -- is set to wreak havoc Friday on systems worldwide.

    Computer security companies report that the Kama Sutra worm -- named after the famous Sanskrit treatise on love and sexual positions -- has been spreading through cyberspace since Jan. 16, packaged in emails with subject headings like "give me a kiss" and "crazy illegal sex."

    When users click on an attachment sent with the emails, their computers become infected with malicious software designed to replicate itself. The worm burrows itself deep within any infected computer running Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98 and Windows ME operating systems.

    On Friday, Feb. 3 and the third of every month thereafter, the worm is programmed to go to work -- overwriting or corrupting Microsoft Windows Office documents, Word documents, Excel spread sheets, and PDF (portable document format) files.

    "This one can damage your office files, your Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and your Powerpoint presentation," Tino Klironomos, a computer retailer, said. "(The files will be) all gone, history."

    The computer security company LURHQ reports that there may be hundreds of thousands of machines already infected with the worm, which also goes by the monikers "BlackWorm," "CME-24," "Blackmal," "Mywife.E" and "Nyxem."

    But security companies assure that it's not too late to protect your system from such a fate.

    Prevention

    Alain Sergile, a security expert at Internet Security Systems (ISS) in Atlanta, said computer users should arm themselves with anti-virus software "which basically protects them from worms, self-propagating worms."

    "There are some free applications out there as well that allow you to scan your computer for spyware," he added.

    People can also protect themselves by ensuring they have the most up-to-date anti-virus and firewall protection.

    Besides being careful about opening email messages and attachments, experts say users would be wise to back up their most valuable computer files on an external device such as a CD, zip drive or DVD.

    Don't open any messages with the subject headers "crazy, illegal sex", "give me a kiss" and "hot movie."

    The worm will not affect machines running on different operating systems such as Mac OS.

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