Sorry, but I gotta ask again...

CharlesL

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I have Ad-Aware, latest version on my computer.

I do not visit "Hot Teenage Girls" sites, or Buy Your Illegal Drugs Online sites. I mostly read the G, and occasionally foray onto the Lowes site to check the price on hardware.

The only other sites I visit are lyric sites(I can't remember EVERYTHING!)

Everytime I log off, I run Ad-Aware, and it ALWAYS finds at least 1, and a worlds record of 15 data-miner programs. I resent the h3ll out this. It's an invasion of my computer!

I've asked this before, but I must ask it again: Do I need a router on my dial-up, or a Cray computer or what to STOP THE D@MN DATA-MINER crap from invading my computer???

Somebody please tell me, in simple English. Then, after I get that taken care of, I'd like to talk about how Hotmail works fine, but even MSN, and Ron...thanks, by the way, Ron, can't get Outlook Express to send or recieve emails.

I don't use Internet Explorer as my browser. I use MSN Explorer. If that's any help.

Thanks in advance.
 

WizSteve

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Ad-Aware by itself isn't going to protect your computer.. you need a tool that's pro-active instead of re-active.

The best solution for me was to get a DSL router/hub that has a firewall - it has a built in server that automatically assigns an address to each computer I plug into my network and filters all incoming garbage from the internet.

The are software based firewalls out there, and XP has something built in, but there's still a small Window of opportunity while your computer boots up and the networks running and the firewall hasn't loaded into memory yet (supposedly this new service pack 2 from MS is going to fix that problem).

I was at a friends house the other day reinstalling XP on his laptop, and within 5 minutes of hooking the laptop up to his DSL to download all the Windows Updates, we were getting pop-ups for viagra and farm animal pictures..

There's also Zone Lab's free firewall software too.. this one blocks outgoing as well as incoming.
 

Omar

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Charles,

(If that's your REAL name.)

You and I probably are the only ones with this problem. I traced it back to the operation in Guatamala in '71, remember that miner operation that we had to stake out in that nasty jungle for 2 weeks??

After you were taken captive and tortured for 3 days I am afraid that you may have compromised the operation, albiet unknowingly, and now they have a direct internet connection to our computers! They want a sizable bribe to take care of that "information" that we secured after your escape. (Yeah, you still haven't thanked me for the explosive diversion when you were dragged out into the courtyard for the taping of that propaganda film.)

Anyway, you can send the money to me and I will forward it through channels to the cartel and all will be forgotten.

(10 grand isn't much for the security of knowing that your computer will be "closed" to further mining operations.)
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Your Pal,

Omar
 

Jay H

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Blessed is he, having little to say, refrains from giving wordy evidence of that fact.

I would do this.

Update adaware and run it.

Reboot and run it again with out surfing.

If nothing appears go to a few very reputable sites like google, yahoo, symentic, msn and then run adaware again.

If that stuff keeps coming up you have something installed (virus) that running adaware won't get rid of.

Go to their forums and tell them your problem. Fixing stuff like that is about all they do there. Its certainly isn't a place to hang out and chat.
 

WizSteve

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Doing a little more research, it seems the DATA-MINERS that Ad-Aware is finding are just cookies and not actual programs. While mostly harmless, they are used to keep track of things like how ofter you visited a particular site.

Without resorting to turning off cookies completely (which would break a lot of other sites), the admin at the Ad-Aware forum recommends a program called Cookie Wall which lets you explicitly manage individual cookies and prevent the ones you don't want to keep from ever appearing again. Looks kinda tedious, but it may be what you're looking for...
 

Jay H

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That is what I was thinking. The sites I listed shouldn't have that type. I was thinking that if you ran adaware and only went to those sites and the intruder didn't show back up that it was just cookies.
 

Baer Charlton

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Charles,
My Tweekie loaded something called SpywareBlaster and all that stuff came to a screeching halt. Now I only get spam and flame mail from overseas.
Terrorist websites, just aint what they used to be.

I used to run adaware and ALWAYS get 154 hits. Even if I hadn't been on net. One VERY boring day, I ran it five times in succession and it still found and killed 154 miners..... and that was after I had used Search&Destroy (told you I was a terrorist).

I used to go onto the net "raw", (neighbor had hot spot) and one night of heavy research ended with 358 baddies on my S&D.

Now I'm back to dial-up and a whole lot of firewall.

good luck hyrem

baer
 

Ron Eggers

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I run Ad-Aware and I run Spybot Search and Destroy and I have Norton's Firewall set up. I also have Google's Toolbar set up to block pop-ups.

Ad-Aware and Spybot both still find stuff to destroy and I figure that's what I have them for. If they had nothing to do, they'd get bored and start eating my emails.
 
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