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Anyone help with a virus, please.
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Loren    Posted 09-10-2003 at 18:09:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I got an email from someone that I don't recognize saying that they got a virus from our email to them. Don't remember sending them one but maybe it did happen. Question is how do I find and fix any possible viruses? Norton does an update periodically online. Will it not find viruses with in the 'puter? It says it's finding incoming problems. ???? Loren
I'd sure appreciate some help.


Loren, again.    Posted 09-10-2003 at 20:24:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The thing that worries me the most is that when noone is using the 'puter and it's left on, it'll start making harddrive noises all by itself. No maintenance program is running when it happens, nothing shows odd when I catch it in the middle and do a CTRL/ALT/DELETE to see what's running. ????


Salmoneye    Posted 09-11-2003 at 04:02:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get, use, and update a small free program called 'SpyBot'...It will find and kill most all Spware/Adware if it is kept updated...

Then get and use a free program called Zone Alarm...It is a 'personal firewall' that is free on the net, and is sufficient protection for the vast majority of people on the net...

If you order things online and have any 'Auto Fill' programs to fill in forms with your address, credit card info, and such...Delete them...I read on some FBI site once that like 90% of the attacks on your puter are to gather info such as tax records, social security numbers, credit card numbers, etc....

Here is the link to SpyBot

When you get to the ZoneAlarm page, scroll down to the 'FREE' version... ZoneAlarm

Hope This Helps...


AND....    Posted 09-10-2003 at 20:27:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
All of a sudden it won't show pictures in a website or post. Cartoons yes, but not pictures. This is only today this started.


Ron,Ar    Posted 09-10-2003 at 20:43:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
next time it does that look at the two little computers on the lower right by the clock. If they are flashing back and forth while the HD is going ya might want to think about a firewall. Some programs like Gateways GOBACK and MS system restore require the harddrive to make copies of files periodically so you won't lose stuff in cases of emergency. It won't help in HDD failure tho. BTDT


Akula    Posted 05-28-2004 at 02:35:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Flobo Bad Sector repair utility allow bad sector removal. It' not a scan disk like utility marking bad sectors in the file system. It physically repair the bad sectors by magnetic regeneration.
You can download software from Flobo Recovery site : http://www.floborecovery.dsoftscape.com. They also provide for data recovery services for very low prices. Also file recovery services are available.


Ron,Ar    Posted 09-10-2003 at 20:08:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
You probably don't have and never did have the virus. Like Illinois said the bug gets in a computer either throgh the internet or e-mail.Many target an address book and randomly send it'self to someone using addresses found there as the sender. The same thing has happened to me many times this past month. Always keep your address book as secure as possible, don't accept/open email with attachments unless from someone you know. If someone forwards mail to you with a big long list of names and addresses in the header, delete it before forwarding it again.


Um...    Posted 09-11-2003 at 03:49:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Unfortunately, part of your advice is leaving people open to attack...

"don't accept/open email with attachments unless from someone you know"

Never open ANY attachment without prior knowledge that it is coming or verifying it with the sender BEFORE opening...

Most current virus writers count on people willy-nilly opening attachments from 'friends'...That is why the viruses are gleaning names from the infected computer address book and filling in the 'From' field with any name in the puter...

If you run Outlook Express, turn OFF the 'Preview Pane'...Some code only needs to be viewed to execute...You do not have to 'open' an attachment in all cases...


~Lenore    Posted 09-10-2003 at 21:06:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I wish everyone did that!
Erase all email addresses before forwarding things.
I hate the thought of my name and email going to places I never intended to go.
I always put addresses in the BCC: section
and use an anonymous email in the too section.
Example: undisclosed recipient @hotmail. com
that way I do not reveal anyone's email address to strangers.


Check out...    Posted 09-10-2003 at 18:47:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Spyware.com.....pretty darn good job of cleaning that crap out of your computer.


Illinois    Posted 09-10-2003 at 18:43:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Chances are, the virus was not sent from your computer. Someone else probably has the virus, the virus sent itself and randomly picked an entry in their address book and told their computer to make it look like the email came from that chosen address. And, the chosen address happened to be yours. Who knows how that person had your address in their book, you may have emailed them some time or another. The viruses almost always change the "from" address to someone else`s.


ret    Posted 09-10-2003 at 18:14:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have Norton and I was notified in big red letters when I got one. Run a virus scan in the norton program, if they can't get rid of it they will isolate it so it can't do anything. Maybe the virus your friend got was not from you


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