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Friday, April 28, 2006

I HATE spyware!

Yesterday, my hubby's 'puter died a bloody, violent death.

Somehow, his computer became infected with spyware and it locked up and we couldn't get it to do anything, and when the hubby shut it down and tried to restart, Windows froze up.

Gggggrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!

Oh, I'm so ticked off! I've never seen anything like it. All of these icons were popping up on the desktop (Spyware Sheriff? WTF?) , then the desktop changed and there was this big blue screen that said, "Warning your computer is infected with spyware" and then nothing. It crashed and won't even start in "Safe Mode".

Can anyone please explain to me how it is that my hubby's computer keeps getting these friggen bugs? Where do they come from? Is it from surfing? From email? From AIM? We don't even have AIM loaded. How do they get on a person's computer if they're NOT opening emails with attachments? It's always his computer...so far. I'd DIE if mine crashed like that. And the weird thing is he's the one who runs scans all the time and keeps downloading updates to his spyware protection. I'm not nearly as obsessive with it.

Anyone want to share some wisdom? What do we do now? Is the computer dead for good? And how do we avoid it happening again?

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:19 AM |

7 Comments:

Commented by Blogger Jen:


Not really wisdom, but I will say that anything to do with AOL seems to really mess with Windows XP. I had AOL and just now finally got it ALL wiped off my computer. I'm not even going to check my old email.
My brother-in-law (who also believes in every conspriracy theory out there, so pound of salt)
says that AOL works like a virus so that it can operate all systems. I don't know if that's true, but I do know that my computer quit crashing after AOL was off my computer.


1:23 PM 
Commented by Blogger Zinnia:


You could try a hard re-boot of your system, but I'm sure you've done that already. I run multiple spywares because what one doesn't catch, the other might. Yahoo DSL has a great one, plus I have a free one offered by Microsoft and a Norton one too. You also have to delete cookies at least once a month so spyware doesn't pick up on theirs.

Sounds like you'll need to take it to a professional to crack it open and do maintenance on it to restore everything.

Good luck. I do symathize. My old laptop did the same thing and I had to buy a new one. Luckily, I have a friend who's more pc savvy and she fixed it and is using it for her work. So it had a happy ending and I got a new laptop, lol.


1:23 PM 
Commented by Blogger Silma:


Tawny - Usually it's a browser problem. Explorer attracts more spyware than Netscape and Mozilla. *shrugs* So personally I'd switch to Mozilla Firefox if I were you.

Now the problem isn't that it gets spyware or where it gets them. The problem I see is that your DH isn't cleaning his computer after using it. He must install a few good programs to help me clean the computer of those nasty spywares. I usually suggest Ad-Aware, Spyware Doctor, Spybot, and CCleaner (this last one is totally awesome!). Also install Registry Mechanic and an anti-trojan program like Agnitum Tauscan. If t/'puter doesn't have a firewall, consider buying one. I recommend ZoneAlarm.

To avoid spyware block all pop-ups and don't visit game, movies, and porn websites. Tonz of spyware are loaded into your computer when showing you things in Flash or movie format.


2:21 PM 
Commented by Blogger Faith:


I had Firefox and really, really liked it, but when I finally got DSL access, I had to give it up. If you can use Firefox, I highly recommend it.


3:41 PM 
Commented by Blogger Tawny Taylor:


Thank you for the helpful suggestions!

First thing I did yesterday was download Firefox. I LOVE it! The Tabs thing is great. I have set it up to open my blogger, Divas, and a couple other sites I log onto every morning as my homepage. What a timesaver. And if Mozilla helps keep my computer clean, even better!

Jen, we weren't running AOL, though I do know what you mean. It does do some funky things to XP. At one point I had AOL on my computer and it froze up. I had to uninstall it.

Thanks, Zinnia. Yeah, I tried restarting and even tried starting in Safe Mode. The spyware has a file in that code that's hanging things up, I saw it when I was reading the lines of code as it booted. I just don't know how to get rid of it. I'm not that techy. Here's hoping my friend's teenager can get it out of there.

Faith, I'm surprised you can't use Firefox. I'm on AT&T/Yahoo and I'm using it with no problem.

Thanks again, ladies! You've helped tons. And after we get hubby's computer cleaned up, I'll be loading that anti-trojan software too. Gotta find a way to keep those buggers off our computers!


7:54 AM 
Commented by Blogger Nick:


Hi, SpywareSheriff is the latest in a long line of annoying spyware that changes your desktop and has the ballon that pops up above the clock. It goes without saying that buying the program is a bad idea, since SpywareSheriff is from the same people who hijacked your computer. Anyways there is a free way to get rid of this . It's a tool called SmitFraudFix and I have made a post on my blog that explains how to use it. How to remove SpywareSheriff.


3:41 AM 
Commented by Blogger Tawny Taylor:


Hi Nick,

Thanks so much for popping in and posting. Really appreciate the techy advice :) Our computer is still with a friend's teenage son, so I'll pass on the info. Oh, and to clarify, we didn't buy Spyware Sheriff. It loaded itself :(


7:13 AM 

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