I think I have a computer virus!

United States
June 6, 2007 2:10pm CST
I keep getting mltiple pop up ads.. no matter what I do.. I'm leaving town in a couple of days.. and will be gone for two weeks. Hope I can get online before I go! I'll have a lot of catching up to do when I get back.. especially as I've fallen behind (off the planet!) what with this computer problem! I even get an argument, sometimes, when I X out the pop up! I don't get the point of all the ads.. What good does such a virus do anyone? Supposedly my security etc is now up to date.. We'll see.. Wish me luck! luck... luck.. [That's the echo as I fall off the cliff..]
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15 responses
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Well good luck to you and you have a nice time on your journey.These computers always act up,i have a popup blocker on mine, but it only helps some..I think i have some virsuses too because my computer acts up too...One day maybe they will have these things down to where we won't have a lot of problems.When i scan mine it says there is all sorts of unwanted files that will harm your computer,then they want you to buy something,so who knows..anyway good luck and mylot will be here when you return...
• United States
7 Jun 07
...yes, the computer world can be a clogged up one! Currently I'm geting all these multiple popups, then one from anti-virus pro.. which I did download the first day and it didn't seem to work right.. so uninstalled it and now I'm more inclined to think the anti-virus pro might be part of the whole scam/problem(?) I figure it'll work out.. I'll keep scanning with the new protector I installed.. we'll see I guess.. (lotta trojan horse thingies being found and deleted, thus far:)
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
7 Jun 07
mu hubby is real bad about getting on here and falling for those programs that suppose to help your computer,and they do carry viruses...The last time i had my computer cleaned out the guy told me NOT to put those get better and quicker services on my computer,he told me they do carry viruses..I just remembered him telling me that...
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• United States
6 Jun 07
i dont think you have a virus you just need to turn on the pop up blocker if you have one or get oned if you dont do a web search for pop up blocker and install it it should solve the problem
• United States
7 Jun 07
..thanks rev!:)
6 Jun 07
oh dear :( have you tried pressing ctr + alt + del to see if there's a dodgy program or anything running? also, perhaps you could try a good pop-up-blocker to see if it helps?? not very good at computers, sorry!! xxx
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• United States
7 Jun 07
..thanks.. I'll check that out!
@pallidyne (858)
• United States
6 Jun 07
If you don't have it already, download Windows Defender from microsoft.com/downloads. Do it soon and leave your machine scanning while you are gone. It usually clears out most of the toughies.
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• United States
7 Jun 07
I'll try that.. thanks! [I had it but removed it when the trouble was underway.. but maybe I'll try it again.]
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
7 Jun 07
do you have a virus program on your puter? is not put one on. and as for popups go to tools popup blocker and turn it on. hope that helps! also do a disc clean up and a defrag
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• United States
7 Jun 07
..yes, I think I was a little too relaxed about the virus protection.. altho I did have windows defender..(?) and XoftSpy (or something like that) I'm taking notes on things to do, and wrote down disc cleanup and defrag.. thanks!:)
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
7 Jun 07
your welcome and I hated windows defender!
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• United States
8 Jun 07
ah ha!! I'm not the only one then...
• Singapore
7 Jun 07
From what you described, it sounds like more spyware. Why not download Spybot at http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download and give your computer a cleanup? If your connection is fast enough (or you are willing to wait), try going to housecall.trendmicro.com to scan/clean for viruses/malware too.
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• United States
7 Jun 07
Thanks Wizzy! I will be trying those!! Obviously my Xoftspy was not doing the trick!:(
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• Singapore
7 Jun 07
I confess it is the first time I come across "Xoftspy". I am sure what I recommended is at least on par with this paid thingy. :P
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• United States
8 Jun 07
Yes I'm sure! And I've been looking for a good free one! Thanks for the link! I already downloaded it and uninstalled the other, as I'm not completely sure it wasn't part of the problem, as thinking back it may have been the first in this series of (later) pop ups!:)
@estherlou (5020)
• United States
7 Jun 07
Just about a week and a half ago, we got an unwanted download that froze our computer. I had to start it in safe mode and delete the file. After that, we were inundated with pop ups! Someone suggested we switch to mozilla firefox instead of internet explorer. We did...no more pop ups!
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@estherlou (5020)
• United States
7 Jun 07
Someone recommended you turn on your pop up blocker...ours was on and it didn't help. Nothing did..scanning for viruses, spyware, etc. nothing helped us until we switched to mozilla firefox as our new browser. You can try the other stuff first and see what happens. Every problem is different.
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• United States
7 Jun 07
...hmmm, this all sounds so eerily familiar! Yes, perhaps Firefox is what I'll end up doing.. and if so, sure hope it works (glad it worked for you!) Sure beats having the problem deep within my hard drive or something.. The scanning has brought up lots of "trojan horses" and they seemed to be buried deep in files.. Yes, if it doesn't clear up soon with all the scanning, I'll be giving Firefox a close look - thanks!:)
• United States
8 Jun 07
I downloaded Firefox and uninstalled internet expolorer 7.0.. as I'm not taking any chances! So far all is going very well... except when my son opened up the "help" menu of his Yahoo Music Jukebox.. and started getting all the pop ups! So now I'm on the search on how to convert it to Firefox.. perhaps I'll just have him redownload the thing.. So thanks for your suggestion! A life saver! Well saved the life of my computer anyway!:) Firefox even has the tabs which explorer 7.0 has, and I was reluctant to lose!:)
@moudas (259)
• India
25 Jun 07
If you have a Windows computer, an easy way to protect yourself from many types of hacker attacks is to stop using Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser. This is the browser built into Windows and AOL. Because Internet Explorer is the mostly widely used browser, it is also the browser most often targeted by hackers. A good alternative is the Firefox browser. You can download it for free here: www.mozzila.com . I have no affiliation with Firefox, but I have used the browser for years and I love it.
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• United States
29 Jun 07
yes I did switch to firefox and all has been well since. I also downloaded spybot a free anti virus etc program and it too is keeping everything well, as I run the scans real often.. I found out some of these things that get in the computer will copy themselves! So two or three things will still occasionally "pop up" - especially one from win.pro.antivirus or some such, which was the whole problem I think I had.. as there were massive pop ups, then the win pro saying my computer was in danger I should download their product. [The wretches!] - I'm hoping if I keep scanning and scanning I'll get rid of it sometime before it copies itself! Thanx.
@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
7 Jun 07
I wish you luck as I wave you goodbye............. Have a safe journey my friend and when you come back we are going to try and help you with the pop up problem. It depends on what browser you are using but anyway we will work at it when you come back Bon Voyage!
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• United States
7 Jun 07
Thanks Anniedup!! Yes.. I am going to forget all about computer troubles while I'm gone!:)
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@Chikana (39)
• India
9 Jun 07
down load yahoo toolbar and popups will be mostly blocked.
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@forisuru (217)
• Sri Lanka
8 Jun 07
Dear Friend, It's not a virus. It's a kind of spyware. you should try Kasperky Internet Security..then u can get rid of those problems. Thanks
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@urbandekay (18312)
7 Jun 07
Sounds more like either malware, download adaware free, or a trojan, various options, trojan hunter, etc. all the best urban
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• India
7 Jun 07
If u want to remove that virus from ur computer then U shud install kaspersky anti virus ,believe me it will remove even a single virus from ur computer system. I am already using this antivirus and having no problem regarding virus,spywares,malwares etc.
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• India
7 Jun 07
This is not a virus. This is caused by a spyware. Download some good anti-spywares like, Adware, or Spybot, or AVG anti-spyware. Then just run it while keeping your computer in safe-mode. I think the problem will get solved. If the problem persists, then format your PC. There won't be any more problems.
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@avi_rocks (460)
• India
7 Jun 07
thats a problem with a computer spy ware. that definitely might be a spy ware. you better buy an anti- spy ware. It would definitely cure the problem...