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by saterbear / April 13, 2006 1:20 AM PDT

G'day all.

A friend of mine has reciently got some nasty spyware on there system (Win XP) and couldn't get internet explorer to display any pages. They could however run programs like limewire that i am guessing run on proxy type set ups (Huge guess there) I got them to run spybot and adaware and now they can get into these programs, but they can't log into there hotmail email account or by the sounds of it any other sites that require a log in. I am just wondering if anyone has come across this latley. If someone could give me advice it would be apreciated.

Thanks Guys

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by djmorton / April 13, 2006 2:36 AM PDT

Are the cookies turned on in the IE?

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Limewire issue...
by John.Wilkinson / April 13, 2006 4:01 AM PDT

Aside from most content on Limewire being pirated, and thus illegal, there is tons of malware floating on the network, so that would be the first thing I'd look at as a possible root of the problem. (Personally, I'd expunge Limewire to shut the door.)

Next, knock the security up a few rungs by adding a resident firewall and antivirus protection...SpyBot and AdAware aren't enough. Ewido and Windows Defender, along with an online virus scan such as HouseCall will help usher any remain pests out the back door.

Third, find out what exactly happens when they try to login...does the site not load, does it give an error message, or after entering a valid username and password are they simply asked to sign in again? The latter would be a cookie issue as loving_armaan suggested. The other two vary, so we need some more detail.

Finally, does he remember what spyware was already found and removed? That would give us some clues as to the damage that may have been done, as well as what else might remain.

Hope this helps and let us know.

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by Themisive / April 13, 2006 7:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Limewire issue...

Has she got MSN, ICQ or other IM programmes, if so, get rid of them. They present a highway for pirates to plant nasties on her machine, in fact the only one I will trust - though I don't use it - is the one run by my ISP, that's BT Yahoo!

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Try acessing it thru internet options, Justin
by DarCLew2 / April 13, 2006 8:34 AM PDT

I had a yahoo toolbar that I deleted. I used ti had WinMX and that no longer exists and was on the old napster when it first came out but I have stopped downloading copyrighted music when it was first mentioned a long time ago. The music I had downloaded have been on CD-R's when I wasn't aware of the pirated copyrights. They did come with a lot of malware, spyware and tracking cookies. I had 12 Bonzi Buddies inside my registry and they were difficult to eliminate. So, needless to say, no more free (or, not so free sites) I will use. Before i had this XP HE, I went to clean out all the trash in a WIN XP. A boy put in KaZaA, AOL AIM on a non-aol ISP and it took more than 4 hours to clean it up. If you go to start to control panel, there is internet options. right click on it and under general tab type in either or put he blue E on your desktop. It will go to that page (I have to be online first). If there isn't an address bar, go to view and click on address bar under tools check that. Now you have an address bar. type in and it should take you to your hotmail site. Type in your and password.
I had to format this woman's hard drive using my WINME emergerncy Boot I had created and was lucky for she had FAT32 in there not NTFS. It was a WINPRO but I had to install her WINXP Home Edition first, then her WINXP Pro. Both her and my friend (the neighbor were clueless as to where the registration number was. I had to be shown where the Pro's was at. PS, my emergency bootale floppy works with my WINXP home edition, all I needed to do was put it in with my CD and went to a>\ and typed in FORMAT\ C: and it said this would erase all on my hard drive, do you want to do that? I typed Y for yes and then enter. Darrell

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