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Wierd IE.

okay, This is my first post here, so excuse me if I'm not detailed enough.

Lately my IE has begun to act up on me. It takes up a large amount of RAM to run. Whenever I try to save an Image it always saves it as a BMP file, instead of whatever file it was ment to be saved as.This creates problems, because the images then appear to be corrupt, and now It's not letting me DL a file from saying that it cannot verify it's digital signature.

I tried running Spybot+Ad-aware and nothing happened.
Also ran Nortan Antivirus. No problems there either.

Now what really scared me is when I tried to system restore and *gasp* What's this? Only one restore point and that's from yesterday when I ran spybot...


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After pest removal

Empy your cache.

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Don't use IE

It's the primary target of spyware makers, and with good reason. You've also only seen the very beginnings of the spyware problem. Microsoft is actually warning of the threat of spyware that can't be removed, since it embeds itself into the operating system.

A great first step to protecting yourself, is to limit the number of Microsoft products you use. To begin with, stop using IE and Outlook Express (or Outlook) if you use that, immediately. Replace them with something a bit more defensible like Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird respectively. Might not be a bad idea after that, to download a Knoppix Linux distribution, and play with it for awhile to kind of ease yourself into learning Linux for when things start getting really bad with Windows and spyware.

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Well unfortunetly

I still can't DL/Install the program needed to play on MSN zone. I still don't understand why.

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Try these other scans for a second opinion

besides the ones you have already done with Norton, Ad-Aware, and Spybot.

cwshredder (stand alone unit)(another small scanner for certain things, ALL other windows should be closed)

Download anti-trojan (any of the following)

The Cleaner Pro 30 days trial -

TrojanHunter - (trial)

Also do an online scan at one or all of these.
On the first one, make sure you checkmark the box that says "autoclean"

Housecall (using IE with Active-X)

Housecall (all browsers using java)


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Place the site in your TRUSTED...


For the save as BMP problem, when is the last time you emptied your browser cache?

You may even be using a larger than necessary cache--a 10 meg cache works better than a larger one in almost every case.

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