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Posted: 9/24/2004 1:17:29 PM EDT
my home computer suddenly tries to dial porn sites, it has new search engines i didn't add and is acting slow.

how do i use the recovery disks or reformat the hard drive.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 1:19:29 PM EDT
Did you get caught by the wife and gave her the "someone must have hacked my computer and put all this porn on it" excuse?
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 1:21:22 PM EDT
it's not a "porn trap"

this is bad. i get porn popups and crap.


Link Posted: 9/24/2004 1:23:12 PM EDT
run search & destroy and Ad aware ASAP
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 1:23:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/24/2004 1:24:08 PM EDT by wedge1082]
Download spybot and run it.

www.safer-networking.org/en/download/

eta - I still hold the right to say this is just a porn trap though.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 1:23:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/24/2004 1:24:57 PM EDT by Pangea]
My brother in law had the same thing. I think he had to get a new computer. I'll try to find out for sure but I see him rarely though.

Edited to add that spyware, adaware and everything else you can think of didn't help with this virus/hack job.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 1:24:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By RED_5:
run search & destroy and Ad aware ASAP



+1

and a virus scanner while you're at it
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 1:25:44 PM EDT
LMAO, you went onto a porn site, and got caught.
You didn't get hacked just horny. Its simple to remove it. Get hijack this and adaware.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 1:26:08 PM EDT
In addition to spybot S&D, adaware 6.0 you might want to look into CWS shredder. I dont really know if you have a CWS trojan but this will kill it dead in its tracks. It is also worth having incase you end up with CWS. CWS is evil shit and you dont want it.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 1:32:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By spm681:
In addition to spybot S&D, adaware 6.0 you might want to look into CWS shredder. I dont really know if you have a CWS trojan but this will kill it dead in its tracks. It is also worth having incase you end up with CWS. CWS is evil shit and you dont want it.



CWS??? what the shit is that?

i wish i was building an AR15
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 1:35:48 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 1:51:03 PM EDT
all is well.

thanks!
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 1:51:53 PM EDT
Watch out, I heard about those its a version of spyware. Disconnect the phone lines NOW! Its costing you $$$$$$$ every time it dials!
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 1:51:59 PM EDT
Spybot 1.3 and Adaware will get rid of most of that. I also use Yahoo as a browser and they have their own pop up stopper and spyware tools.
The only way to get it, that I know of, is to visit the porn sites.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 1:58:37 PM EDT
CWS stands for Cool Web Search, which is a particularly nasty home page stealer and tracking engine. CWShredder is the only reliable way to remove it.

To avoid getting this stuff, stop using Internet Exploder, and step up to Mozilla Firefox. Never see a pop-up again.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 2:02:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By hk940:
my home computer suddenly tries to dial porn sites



guess your computer needs some lovin', too.

Link Posted: 9/24/2004 2:06:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Pangea:
My brother in law had the same thing. I think he had to get a new computer. I'll try to find out for sure but I see him rarely though.

Edited to add that spyware, adaware and everything else you can think of didn't help with this virus/hack job.



Holy shit if your bro bought a whole new PC cause of some spyware I have a lake with a bridge on it I'll sell him!!
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 2:09:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/24/2004 2:10:07 PM EDT by kingfish]
I had the same type of problem you have.

Here's what works:

Download the free version of AD AWARE and SPY BOT, run them, and then you should be ok. Then, try again in a few minutes or after surfing the web (not porn sites again )
If you have cool www search, it will be back. Meaning, that you will need to download CWW shredder.
All in all, it should take about 30 min.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 2:11:02 PM EDT
INSTALL FIREFOX. PLEASE.

No offense, but people who are only semi computer litterate should NOT be using IE. Use Firefox!! It will take care of 99.99% of all your worries. Seriously.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 2:16:21 PM EDT
The porn dialers usually require you to delete not just a few cookies, but the actual dialer software. Just run an online virus scanner (or home VS) and it will tell you where it is. Alot of times the VS won't delete it, so you ahve to do it manually.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 2:31:23 PM EDT
Get a firewall online ASAP too. There is one standard in XP support pack 2. Otherwise get Zone Alarm. Both are free and can save you a lot of aggravation.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 2:48:39 PM EDT
if you dont go to them porn sites, you will not have this prob.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 2:52:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By RED_5:
run search & destroy and Ad aware ASAP



Also delete all your cookies and history.....
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