Jump to content


Photo

Computer problem


  • Please log in to reply
31 replies to this topic

#1 Silver

Silver

    Member

  • Sponsors
  • 1,643 posts

Posted 26 November 2005 - 12:03 PM

My computer having been shared with two twenty year olds, has developed very bad behaviour. Pop ups driving me mad and generally not working well or fast.
After banning the two offenders, can anyone tell me how to put the problem right
please.

#2 James

James

    Member

  • Sponsors
  • 4,833 posts

Posted 26 November 2005 - 12:28 PM

Try this topic...
http://www.virtualno...?showtopic=1129

Whenever your computer does something weird you should check your computer with antivirus and spyware removal tools.

1/ Get Windows Updates

2/ http://www.microsoft...re/default.mspx

3/ http://www.download....4-10377263.html

But I can't really help you with more than general pointers. I use Apple Mac and it doesn't suffer from this kind of problem. Touch wood its been seven years since I last saw a computer virus on an Apple Mac.

Perhaps the thing you should always remember is never to click on a link in an email. Even if you think the email is friendly - a virus on another infected computer can raid the address book and impersonate your friend. Always type the address into your web browser yourself. For example this link doesn't go where you think it should... http://www.virtualnorwood.com/ ... and the same principle is used in spoof emails.

Another tactic is front loading complicated URLs with recognisable details. It is based on this format which is technically correct...

http://userid:password@www.example.com

and becomes

http://www.virtualno...www.example.com
(this link doesn't go to Virtual Norwood)

Always look for the @ sign in long web addresses and read the bit after it.

European.vote - EU Referendum


#3 Silver

Silver

    Member

  • Sponsors
  • 1,643 posts

Posted 26 November 2005 - 05:23 PM

Thankyou very much James. Great help! :P

#4 Axean

Axean

    Member

  • Members 3
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 895 posts

Posted 26 November 2005 - 05:40 PM

This link explains the problem with spyware/adware and has a link to what it considers to be the top 3 anti-spyware software, Two of which James gave.
http://netforbeginne.../spyware101.htm

James did not include Ad-Aware (like the other two it can be download for free)
http://www.download....02.html?tag=pop
These three together should dig out any nasties.

Just had a look around the about.com website before posting this and found another page that recommends more software and details their sucess. I guess some wont be free.
http://antivirus.abo...arescanners.htm

But I guess the same important rule applies. No single piece of software can be guaranteed to dig out all the bits of spyware/adware. You'll need to use several. But at least they are mostly free.

#5 James

James

    Member

  • Sponsors
  • 4,833 posts

Posted 26 November 2005 - 07:01 PM

Yes, sorry I didn't mention Ad-Aware - it was discussed extensively in the topic I referred to at the beginning of my reply.

It is also worth mentioning that using a modern web browser such as Firefox (a free download link is shown in the top right of this page) can help prevent many security vulnerabilities through better handling of scripting requests and pop-up windows. Modern browsers have been designed from the bottom up with these issues in mind.

European.vote - EU Referendum


#6 Silver

Silver

    Member

  • Sponsors
  • 1,643 posts

Posted 26 November 2005 - 11:16 PM

Thanks guys. I had decided to install ad-ware after seeing it in the thread James referred me to but thi extra info is great. Thanks Axean

#7 James

James

    Member

  • Sponsors
  • 4,833 posts

Posted 26 November 2005 - 11:36 PM

I just find it bizarre that we've had personal computers for so many years and they still need maintenance! I'd rather spend a chunk of money for a new computer that worked more reliably than opt for a faster version.

A couple more tips to keep you out of trouble...

1/ recite the phrase "to go forward, you must backup" on a regular basis.
(a rude version of this was seen in adverts in early editions of Viz)

2/ avoid using "save as"... duplicate the original file and rename it as a new file before you open it and start editing. It's very easy to make a slip on the menu and choose "save" by accident and lose an original document you only intended to use as a template. Whoever put them on the menu next to one another wasn't thinking straight.

European.vote - EU Referendum


#8 Fang

Fang

    Member

  • Members 3
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,210 posts

Posted 29 November 2005 - 02:11 PM

Or, chuck it out the window and buy a Mac. No Trojans, Zombies, Virus's (Viri?),Spyware. They just work.

"This is what we find, this is what we find, the hope that springs eternal, springs right up your behind."

#9 howdy

howdy

    Member

  • Members 2
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 89 posts

Posted 29 November 2005 - 02:31 PM

Or, chuck it out the window and buy a Mac... They just work.


Or they would if their keyboards weren't made out of (white) chocolate. They're as flimsy as heck.

#10 wmp

wmp

    Member

  • Members 2
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 153 posts

Posted 29 November 2005 - 03:10 PM

I've been using a wireless keyboard for my mac for a while now - & it has survived being sat on & being dropped off the computer table... (must be putting it in the fridge overnight that helps)... :P

My G5 survived a fall from about 6 feet as the thief attempted to climb over a locked gate onto Somerset House Terrace ...

But I do endorse the "go forward & back up" message from James... & apologies for this being a bit off topic...

#11 Fang

Fang

    Member

  • Members 3
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,210 posts

Posted 29 November 2005 - 04:53 PM

Ok, I've got to ask. Why the fridge?

"This is what we find, this is what we find, the hope that springs eternal, springs right up your behind."

#12 wmp

wmp

    Member

  • Members 2
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 153 posts

Posted 29 November 2005 - 05:40 PM

Ah, where else do you keep chocolate?

And it's more secure than desk drawers - no one wants to push past the mouldy soya products and chilling chardonnay to see it you are keeping anything good in there...

#13 Fang

Fang

    Member

  • Members 3
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,210 posts

Posted 29 November 2005 - 05:59 PM

Ahhh. Cunning but weird.

"This is what we find, this is what we find, the hope that springs eternal, springs right up your behind."

#14 Tux

Tux

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 77 posts

Posted 29 November 2005 - 06:33 PM

I'm with Fang. If you want a lifetime of misery then buy loads of various anti spyware, anti virus software etc etc......... Spend hours typing in strange bits of nonsensical code into your computer with your fingers crossed and your eyes tightly shut hoping it might work.

Or buy a Mac and be done with it!

#15 andyb

andyb

    Moderator

  • Members 3
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,245 posts

Posted 30 November 2005 - 10:34 AM

Knew I could rely on you, Tux. ;)


The only reason to get a PC is it's a bit cheaper (though you have to buy all the Virus software on top) and there are more games.