posted on Oct, 2 2007 @ 12:59 PM
I reformatted AGAIN, and this time didn't go Firefox. IE and Yahoo brousers are both working without a hitch. The second time I reformatted, I
made the mistake of going with Firefox, again. And immediately was hit by the ads. Third time, just went IE, and then Yahoo/ATT. No probs.
the big thing is don't download stuff that's "free" unless you know it's clean. a lot of places that offer screensavers, desktop backgrounds,
smiley emoticons, apps, etc will package spyware with the download. if you get infected with spyware/adware then it doesn't matter which browser
you're using, you'll get all kinds of funkiness. for the record, mozilla is much less likely to incur bad things from normal browsing than IE6. I
haven't used IE7 much so i can't speak to that extent.
I'm an IT guy and I used to have a user that would constantly get virii (is that a word?:lol
and popups. i would clean it up and within a few days
he would have problems again. I cleaned it up one more time and told him not to use IE anymore and the problems stopped completely. I've also been
using mozilla exclusively for a few years now with zero problems.
a few tools you can use on your own that will *help* are
windows defender (comes with vista and i remember there being a beta for XP a while back but i don't know what came of it)
if you're a more advanced user you can also get:
hijack-this (lets you disable components that start with windows that don't normally show up in msconfig)
processmon (gives you more detailed list of what processes are running on your machine than the windows task manager)
if i get something that can't be cleaned up by ad-aware i'll use processmon to see if there's anything strange running in the background and try to
kill it. sometimes there are 2 process working together so as soon as you kill one the other restarts it. when that happens you can sometimes delete
the executable for the process immediately after you kill it so it can't be restarted. as someone else mentioned you should check your registry for
any references to the offending executables/dlls.
sorry for the long post but that happened to fall into my ballpark. hope that helps someone
[edit on 2-10-2007 by an0maly33]