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UH OHH, an un removable ad ware, NEED HELP!

A friend i know has windows media center, we downloaded some files, but apperently one had a virus, we got rid of everything except three minor annoyances-
1. an icon in the taskbar that cant be closed and keeps flashing a question mark and and an x, it pops up messages that when you click on, directs u to a program called mailware or somthing online.
2. The homepage has been deleted, every time you open internet explorer, it brings you to a page called virus protection and it gives you links to pages, telling you that your conmputer is infected.wors of all, wetever the homepage is, you can no longer go to if you type it in.
3. System restore points dont work anymore, when u do it, it restarts and says "system restore failed"

PLEASE HELP ME get rid og this cursed virus or wetever it is!

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First thing to try

In reply to: UH OHH, an un removable ad ware, NEED HELP!

Turn OFF system restore and reboot into Safe Mode. Use Google if you don't know how to do this. From there, run a series of spyware removal programs until the pest is gone.

If that fails, you're likely looking at a good old fashioned formatting, and a lesson learned the hard way regarding being more careful about the things you download.

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In reply to: Disable system restore until you get rid of

hey, i had a similar problem on my own computer recently, norton was installed and i couldn't do a restore, i uninstalled norton and restore worked, is norton the root of my friends problems?

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In reply to: hmmm?

norton su***. dont use it . worthless.

do a search here on c/net for spyware/adware.

download the progs-install.
boot into safe mode and commense to removing malware.

sorry to tired to go into detail.

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Such words are not welcome on these forums.

In reply to: Norton.

Pease refrain from using them.

In addition, many people find Norton's products to work very well on their systems and they have few, if any problems. But where a computer is so infested with spyware, (Norton's is primarily an anti-virus and firewall, not anti-spyware), any malware defender is going to struggle.

Once this person clears his computer of all the problems, he may find that his Norton product works satisfactorily. If not, then he can decide.


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In reply to: Such words are not welcome on these forums.

what word ? Su ? its 2 letters together with a few stars beside it.
what about S---- ? or ----s ? doesnt mean anything.

su can mean super usless and i give it stars for being useless.

anyways it like Norton - its your opion that many people find it usefull, personally i havent seen any polls or surveys on the subject , But i know from exp and from research that Norton isnt a great product.

from c/nets sister site zd/net - "Quote"

""Norton AntiVirus traditionally slows all but the fastest PCs. And what's really new about it? I'm sorry to report that nothing has changed this year. In fact, Norton has been coasting on old code for several years, simply dressing it up with an occasional new feature here and there"".

I could post Countless other reviews from other sites
but you can google it yourself.

So again its your opion that many people find it usefull, im not one of them .

Consideing the free apps that do what norton at no cost - it doesnt make sense to use norton.

keep in mind - you dont just buy norton and thats it-
it cost to keep updating it ect ect.

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ask for help in Virus and security alerts

In reply to: UH OHH, an un removable ad ware, NEED HELP!

You are not the only one with this problem I would post in Virus and security alerts Marianne and Roddy will help you for sure, High jack this forums are stuffed with people trying to solve the same problem you have, I do not know if I can tell you about some highjack this forums but marianne for sure is going to help
good luck

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