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Q: Need a tip to protect computer from other users while computer active.

Hello forum,

I have people around me that like to use my computer when I am not in front of it. Most of the time when I walk away from it I put it into sleep mode or do something to protect it... I have sleep mode set for 20 mins so if it's not active it protects itself... anyway sometimes I forget!

Does anyone know of a way I can have the computer auto protect itself every 5 mins popping up a window that says enter password or better still click on an icon or something to let it know I am the correct user?

Many thanks for any suggestions.

Preferred Solution: Need a tip to protect computer from other users while computer active.

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Need a tip to protect computer from other users while computer active.

Use an account password, and lock the computer when you step away from it using CTRL+ALT+DEL, and choosing the LOCK THIS COMPUTER option.

More info:
Password - Create for a User Account
Lock Computer - Create Shortcut

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What does it mean (in layman's terms) when you see this message in ATA?
<computer A> was queried by one or more users from <computer B> using SAMR against <domain controller> 
I am seeing this every four hours in our network/domain. 

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I know this is kind a stupid question, but it is really important to know more about how to protect your computer such as to maintain having a fresh, fast computer.
I am just wondering if someone coulg give some tips how to protect your computer from any aspects (defrag, scan virus, etc)

I try to maintain a good condition of my PC, but still always something happens. Now is my automatic update window xp, although it finished update but it still keep appearing in my quick launch with that update logo, i try to open it but it won't let me and i look at the flash message it keeps write "26% downloading", and never increase. This has been a while like a week already. . And sometimes the logo just dissapear and then reappear again. I don't really know what happen to my coms.

Please someone tell me what to do. I don't want to reformat everything just because some wierd things happen?

Thanks, appreaciate it.

A:HOW to Protect Your computer??


avg - ewido - adaware se - spybot

these make a nice combined package...what virus/spy programs do you have presently installed?

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and what is this? what does it mean
How to learning protect computer?
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>netstat -an

Active Connections

  Proto  Local Address          Foreign Address        State
  TCP                LISTENING
  TCP                LISTENING
  TCP               LISTENING
  TCP              LISTENING
  TCP              LISTENING
  TCP              LISTENING
  TCP              LISTENING
  TCP              LIST... Read more

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I have a HP Computer. It came with Windows Live One Care witch I find fantastic. I would like some help with some of the best program protection possible to help keep my computer away from risk. Such as:

Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, Extra Protection, Virus Vault, Scanning ECT.

I am not too good with computers, the whole protection thing, so some help would be appreciated.


A:Best way to Protect a Computer?

Hi Mathieu19,

I have heard of 'Windows Live One Care', although I do not use it myself and therefore cannot offer you an opinion on it. What I do use on my system is 'Kaspersky Internet Security 2009', 'Spybot S&D' and 'Ad-Aware' (links given below). I also use 'Windows Defender'.
Antivirus Software: Kaspersky Lab - Protection Against Malware and Cybercrime
The home of Spybot-S&D!
Ad-Aware @ Lavasoft - The Original Anti-Spyware Company - Lavasoft

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My 12 year old son likes to believe he is tech savvy, unfortunately, like most pre-teen middle schoolers he's not aware of the things he doesn't know.  He loves playing online games, watching YouTube videos, and Skyping with friends.  All of that is fine, he's a good kid and can be trusted as much as any 12 year old can be.  However, over the last several months he has started to download various games and other applications to our desktop.  Before this we never had issues with the computer, now we seem to have minor problems once a week, for example the computer will not shut down at night.  The grey shut down screen will appear and that bluish circle with move, but it will not shut down.  This has happened several times.  Once, the printer would not print, not sure why, but it is just another thing in the list of small little problems we've had and I've solved.
I'm worried that he's going to do something that will permanently hurt the hard drive, making it so that I loose all or most of the files I have stored on it.  I do back up everything, but I still don't want him to destroy the main hard drive.  What can I do so that he is still able to get on, play his games, download his applications, and Skype with his friends, but not be able to wipe out my important files?

A:Dad Wants to Protect Computer From Son!!

Seems you don't want to change anything. If you allow him to still do all that.
In that case the only solution is for him to have his own computer.

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Recently, I found a good ways to protect my computer. I used to only use anti-virus software before, but now I found use system recovery software combined with anti-virus software is really good, like dual fail-safe to protect computer. I have chosen eTrust EZ Antivirus and EAZFIX to protect my computer. How about yours?

A:How To Protect Computer

Hello iou, on my windows box i use AVG free edition, ZoneAlarm internet security suite, Spybot s&d (tea timer), windows defender, adaware personal and when i need to, filemon,packetmon and pstools. Those plus a linux box with snort,ethereal and squid for when times get tough although i run snort and ethereal on windows as well. Oh and i run rootkitrevealer every so often as well.
Cheers, Lucent.

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is there any software or any windows apps that would protect my computer from anyone using a jumpdrive or any other storage device and getting personal information from my usb ports and is there a way it would alert my by email or any other way that someone tried.

A:how do i protect my computer

Well, if someone has access to your computer....someone has access to your computer.
So assuming access, what would stop somebody from burning a DVD of your data instead? or using a network to usb converter and getting in that way or....
The only solution then is to encrypt your data when you are away. Something like truecrypt lets you do that--when you are there and signed in all your data is there and available, when you sign out, its encrypted so well that it doesn't even show up anywhere in the computer if that's the way you want it.

Someone could then take your whole computer and work on it with every cracking/recovery piece of software out there and your data is still safe, every port bombproof.

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Hi, I am buying a new computer in the very near future. I believe it wil be config'd somewhat like this:
OS: Windows XP Home w/SP2
Processor: 3.2 Ghz Pent 4 w/HT Tech 800 Mhz FSB
Memory: 1 GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM @ 400 Mhz
Etc etc.
Questions are:
What programs should I get to protect this NEW(hopefully clean) computer? What programs should be run and how often to continue to keep it clean?
I already own a copy of McAfee VirusScan 2004 and personal firewall plus, should I continue to use in new computer?
Just trying to do it right!
Don Do Right

A:What should I do to protect a new computer?

The first thing you shoud do is run Windows Update, or whatever Microsoft calls it in XP. I don't know whether installing service pack 2 is the best idea, because I've seen several posts with problems that occurred after installing this.

Second order of business will to get a good antivirus and firewall program on there. If you're buying this comp from a retailer, there will usually be one preloaded- usually norton antivirus or McAfee. If there isn't, I recommend AVG Antivirus. It is extremely useable, has constant updates, and the free edition is completely free (no limitations on time or subscription for definitions like even the paid version of Norton would have). For the firewall, I would recommend turning XP's firewall off (it's on by default) and downloading ZoneAlarm. This is an all-around excellent firewall that is frequently updated, and also free without much limitation.

It is also important to get protection against spyware. Different people have differing opinions on which one is the best. Personally, I prefer Spybot: Search and Destroy. This program does a very good job at scanning for spyware, but does not continually monitor for spyware- though if you're vigilat enough, you won't need this anyway.

I also highly recommend Mozilla's FireFox browser. It is very secure, very fast, and highly customizable without being overcomplicated.

Good luck on your purchase; I hope this advice will help you.

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I don't think that I have any antivirus anything on my computer. I did a scan on this thing called Panda I believe but couldn't fix anything due to my lack of knowledge on fixing computers via programs. A friend recommended me here and I thought I would give it a shot. I need to fix the problems because Panda said I had 600+ virus' and some kind of toolkit on my computer. Thank you in advance

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:18:50 PM, on 5/12/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\Antivirus\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Ideazon\Zboard Software\Driver\ZboardTray.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\program files\powerstrip\pstrip.exe
C:\Program Files\Picasa2\PicasaMediaDetector.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_10\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Ideazon\Zboard Software\Driver\Zboard.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\winssnotify.exe
C:\Program Files\Valve\Steam\Steam.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\1.2.1128.5462\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\nTune\nTuneService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32... Read more

A:Just need to protect computer

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Ok, I give up on Norton 2008. It would never install correctly, messed up IE, slowed everything down. I spent hours on live chat with Norton and it still isn't fixed. I read the thread about Norton posted previously. Seems I have all those problems too.

What do I need to protect my computer? Firewall, anti-virus, anything else? Make it simple please as I am not that computer literate.


A:what do I need to protect my computer?

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I have been using the commercial version of Bitdefender for the past 3 years. I also was using Spybot, but after they upgraded it I found it confusing and hard to understand, not to mention time consuming, so I removed it. So now the only thing I have is Bitdefender Antivirus 2009, and it expires tomorrow. I recently added 1 gb to my measly 127mb of memory, which I think will make spyware programs work more efficiently, but I don't know what I should use. Should I stick with Bitdefender? Or should I use a combination of the free programs? Can anyone recommend or suggest a combination of choices for spyware removers and antivirus programs? I have Windows XP professional, and I just now upgraded to SP3 after I installed the additional memory.

A:How to protect my computer?

Choosing an anti-virus is a matter of personal preference, features offered, the amount of resources utilized, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular anti-virus that works well for one person may not work as well for another. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your use. Another factor to consider is whether you want to use a paid for product or free alternative.No single product is 100% foolproof and can detect and remove all threats at any given time. The security community is in a constant state of change as new infections appear. Each vendor has its own definition of what constitutes malware and scanning your computer using different criteria will yield different results. The fact that each program has its own definition files means that some malware may be picked up by one that could be missed by another. Thus, a multi-layered defense using several anti-spyware products (including an effective firewall) to supplement your anti-virus combined with common sense and safe surfing habits provides the most complete protection. See BC's Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps and List of Virus & Malware Resources.

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Hello all. I'm Carl. I have stumbled on this website after being BURNED by a computer virus. A FAKE - Windows 7 Recovery. It looked like my computer hard drive was failing along with the RAM. A screen pops up from windows that says pay for the program to fix these problems. So out of desperation and frustration i said "well it might be cheaper to pay for this fix instead of buying a new computer." payment sent. $86 Almost instantly the computer goes back to normal. I'm happy. Not so fast! after talking with my wife and telling her all these problems and telling her i just dished out this money and the instant so called fix or repair, she tells me there is a good possibility that this problem was a virus looking like something legit from windows. Out of my idiocy i say "really?" Now i Google "windows 7 recovery scam" BAM! sure enough. i find a webpage telling me all about it. showing the same screen shots as what my computer looked like. all the same error codes. So the virus is still on my computer and the hacker now has my credit card info and money.
I don't know what to do! How do i rid my computer of this? Do i cancel my credit card? do i go pay for Norton 360? Please help. Thanx for reading.

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I have a fairly new laptop that I bought earlier this year. It's Windows 7. The make and model is specified in my signature. Oops, it's showing Vista. I need to edit that.

Yesterday and a few other times I have had friends ask me if I sent them a link and I replied with a resounding NO! and Don't click on the link. Is this called spoofing? Has someone harvested my email address?

I have 4 email addresses. I use Hotmail (now called Outlook), Yahoo, Gmail and Zoho.com. I use Zoho when I want to upload a resume to an employer that I do not know who or where they are located, for example on CraigsList.

I have had problems with tons and tons of spam in yahoo and now Gmail.

My question is this: How do I go about the tedious process of changing my passwords on every single website I am subscribed to, including this one. From what I understand, to have a strong password, it should be two words followed by a few numbers and maybe a symbol or two. And then change the passwords about every three months. I have had my email clients for several years and I have tons of bookmarks. I would need to go to each one and find the place to change the password and make note of it in my passwords file. Where should I keep my passwords since I won't remember any of them because you're not supposed to use the same passwords! Very frustrating.

How do I not compromise any of my accounts including Facebook, bank, etc? I want to keep my computer healthy and not be invaded ... Read more

A:Best way to protect my computer on all levels?

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I am not sure where to post this, bu I think this place would be suitable.

Other than antivirus programs like MBAM, Superantispyware, what else can one do to protect the computer?

I ran antivirus like AVG and then its clean. I run online scanner too. But surely there must be other ways to look after your computer? What can I do to make it "clean"?

Also, What harm is there in not removing internet temporary files, history, etc.?

Thank you!

A:Ways to protect your computer

To be honest with you, I think the average end user really only needs some very basic protection. A decent AV product and MBAM plus firewall. Most infections are, it's my experience, user-initiated. In otherwords, it's something you clicked on. The best defense for the average person is to simply be careful what you do and where you go. Anything else, like adding ZoneAlarm or using the Spybot Tea Timer, tends to be more than the average user needs or wants. Now if you're securing your business, or something like that, there are LOTS of things you could/should do. But that's just my opinion.

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What type of anti-virus/spyware/malware/adware/firewall systems do you guys reccomend? I'm restoring my computer because of a virus and a few other things, and I want to make sure its protected this time around. I heard the windows firewall isn't that great, and McAfee and those other anti-virus don't work that well. I would prefer all the things to be free :D

A:Okay, going to restore my computer, how should I protect it when its done?

Doing a system restore can re-infect your system. If you want to be completely clean, do a reinstall/reformat of your hard drive and OS.Anti-virus: Avira AntiVir free/personal EditionFirewall: Comodo (Note: If you choose to use the Comodo Firewall AND Avira Anti-virus, be sure to uncheck the box during Comodo's installation that will install Comodo's anti-virus software, as running 2 Anti-virus programs will cause issues)On demand scanners: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, SUPERantispywareOther protection: Spywareblaster

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I help fix friends computers when they get a virus etc. and want to be able to connect their computers to my home network while at the same time ring fencing their computer so that they can only access the internet (for updates and virus definitions).

I want to be able to prevent their machine from seeing and interacting with my computer and other "trusted" machines and devices on my network and I want all of my machines (Windows 8.1 and Windows 7) from having their media sharing services and shared folders etc. popping up in my machines.

I understand that I can setup VLAN's for this purpose but sadly my router Netgear DG834GT does not have VLANS.

Can anyone give me a pointer as to the best way to achieve this so I don't have to turn my computer off when I connect theirs. I would like it to be fairly seamless and not have to change the settings on my computers every time if possible.


A:How to protect computer from another one I attach to LAN

ps. Just to let you know I also have a stock Netgear DG834V3 router sitting around that I could utilize and do some sort of port forwarding. I'm not sure how this might work though.


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Our computer runs on WindowsXP. We have several accounts for different members of the family. I hold the administrator account. The children are overusing the computer and my wife would like me to take control! How can I password protect the whole computer until they have done their homework/music practice etc?

A:password protect whole computer!

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Hi all,
I just logged in as admin, not ten mins ago, to find this waiting for me:

To help protect your computer, windows has closed this program.

Name : Generic Host Process For Win32 Services.

Publisher : Microsoft Corporation.

There is then an option to "close this message" which I did not choose.

Beneath that option is a line and beneath that line it states:

Data Execution Prevention Helps Protect Against damage from viruses and other security threats.
Then this part is a link to the help and support console, it asks: What should I do?

I clicked on the "What Should I Do" link and got this:

Understanding Data Execution Prevention
Data Execution Prevention (DEP) helps prevent damage from viruses and other security threats that attack by running (executing) malicious code from memory locations that only Windows and other programs should use. This type of threat causes damage by taking over one or more memory locations in use by a program. Then it spreads and harms other programs, files, and even your e-mail contacts.
Unlike a firewall or antivirus program, DEP does not help prevent harmful programs from being installed on your computer. Instead, it monitors your programs to determine if they use system memory safely. To do this, DEP software works alone or with compatible microprocessors to mark some memory locations as "non-executable". If a program tries to run code&#8212;malicious or not&#8212;from a protected location, DEP ... Read more

A:Solved: To help protect your computer?

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I've got an older laptop with limited memory and am currently running Norton (with an out of date subscription) to protect it. The problem, as you can imagine, is the computer is VERY slow at most points whether I'm opening files, programs, or on the web. I'm looking to get rid of it, but I still need the security it is supposed to provide. What tools (preferably free) could I use to get the job done. I'm not an expert with computers and my wife is on it a lot, so the solution needs to be as simple as possible...

A:How best and EASIEST to protect my computer?

"Norton (with an out of date subscription)" is completely useless.

Download AVG Free: http://free.grisoft.com . It uses very little memory and it's an overall good AV.

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So on my network at home there are a few others connected to it and i wanted to know how i would go about making it so they cannot access my shared docs or computer at all over the network without a password but i dont know how to go about doing this. Can anyone help me do this?

A:protect my computer from others on my network

It's simple. If you're running an account that they don't have a password to, they aren't going to access your stuff. Unless the are very swift with networking. I suspect that this is not the type of person/people you're worried about, correct?

To be on the safer side, turn off file and printer sharing, unless you're sharing a printer. Turn on password protected sharing. Turn off public folder sharing. And if no printer, disable netbios in your adapter settings for IPv4. Disable IPv6 and IP Helper service.

If you are very interested in keeping anyone out, run Zone Alarm. Put you network adapter in the interenet zone and do not give server permissions to anything. Use the setting to "block all servers." (Btw, ZA has free beta available.)

If you really want to get serious, you can use group policy to deny login to desktop after x number of unsuccessful attempts. If someone attempts x amounts of times, the pc will refuse to login for y amount of time you set it for.

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I'm having the same problem. I've gone through the removal steps and here is my results after removal:
Time elapsed: 7 minute(s), 21 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 2
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 1
Registry Data Items Infected: 8
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 5

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
c:\WINDOWS\system32\jevetedo.dll (Trojan.Vundo.H) -> Delete on reboot.
c:\WINDOWS\system32\fiwobifi.dll (Trojan.Vundo.H) -> Delete on reboot.

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\juhezugos (Trojan.Vundo.H) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\AppInit_DLLs (Trojan.Vundo.H) -> Data: c:\windows\system32\jevetedo.dll -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\AppInit_DLLs (Trojan.Vundo.H) -> Data: system32\jevetedo.dll -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\AppInit_DLLs (Trojan.Vundo.H) -> Data: c:\windows\system32�... Read more


Hello,I have split your post to it's own topic.. Please do this next.Next run ATF and SAS:Note.. SAS doesn't open the registry hives for other user accounts on the system, so scans should be done from each user account.Note: On Vista, "Windows Temp" is disabled. To empty "Windows Temp" ATF-Cleaner must be "Run as an Administrator".From your regular user account..Download Attribune's ATF Cleaner and then SUPERAntiSpyware , Free Home Version. Save both to desktop ..DO NOT run yet.Open SUPER from icon and install and Update itUnder Scanner Options make sure the following are checked (leave all others unchecked):Close browsers before scanning.Scan for tracking cookies.Terminate memory threats before quarantining.Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen and exit the program. DO NOT run yet.Now reboot into Safe Mode: How to enter safe mode(XP)Using the F8 MethodRestart your computer. When the machine first starts again it will generally list some equipment that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc. At this point you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu. Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys. Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode. Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.Click the Empty Selected button.If ... Read more

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I have this friend/client, knows little about computers, every time theirs a problem (no matter what it is) he does a system restore...

his grandson was playing online games and something stopped working, so they did a system restore. lol. a week ago I got his PC working, got the spyware off, and he commented how fast it is (or was). now it's messed up again.

part of the problem, I think, is he has an admin account... so perhaps I should make him a standard user? Limit what he can do on the system?

thoughts? good idea or bad? I feel odd doing this, its his PC not mine... so I dunno. not sure.

A:protect newbie users from themselves?

Let me answer in this fashion. Every computer must have an administrator account. There is no need that everyone should use one everyday. I feel very confident in my computer knowledge and yet I use a standard account. Why?
After a hard day or maybe a problem day, I can do something, wrong without thinking. With a standard account, I will get a notice that will make me think.
So, let the inexperienced always use a standard account. For the very young or very inexperienced an account with parantel controls would be suggested or with Vista a limited account.
You say its his computer, tell him that either you paid for it or if he paid, does he want to pay to get it fixed?

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So i tryed to system restore cause of the xp security malware thing.. and I can't that message comes up, i checked the registrys and everything checks up fine. I don't know why it doesn't work but i'll attach a HijackThis Log please check it out see if you can find the problem and post back thank you =)

A:system restore isn't able to protect your computer..

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This is what constantly pops up:
Your computer is infected! windows has detected an infection of spyware! it is recommended that you use special antisptware tools to prevent data loss. windows will now downlad and install the most up-to-date antispyware for you.

As well as:
This is what constantly pops up:
Attention! System detected a potential hazard (TrojanSPM/LX) on your computer|that may infect executable files. Your private information and PC safety is at risk.|To get rid of unwanted spyware and keep your computer safe you need to update your current security software.|Click Yes to download official intrusion detection system (IDS software)


The process of cleaning your computer may require you to temporarily disable some security programs. If you are using SpyBot Search and Destroy, please refer to Note 2 at the bottom of this page.Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.NOTE: Before saving MBAM please rename it to zztoy.exe....now save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself.Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button. The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.When the scan is finished, a message box will say ... Read more

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At the suggestion of moderator/tech Girderman, I am starting this new thread to get help in making this computer secure & optimizing it's performance. Under the thread "Speed" he & others helped me tremendously in speeding up it's performance. Any that might want to help me in this latest quest can go back & read his last post to me to see exactly what he suggested. For example, I'm not to comfortable in going into registry without expert guidance. Thanking you in advance, Ed

A:How to optimize & protect this computer. (was Speed)

There is a great little application out there called CachemanXP. Do a google search and it should turn up. It is a memory and optimizer of Windows. It does very nice and by clicking on it (after installed and running of course) the user can recover lost memory (RAM) from recently closed apps.

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I had a virus called LIVE SECURITY PLATNIUM. I have remove the virus using several programs such as malware bytes, rougue kiler and a few others and have also ran unhide.exe. Now the only leftover problem is system restore is not working. It is not listed in services.msc. When i try to run it from system tools it says "System Restore is unable to protect your computer. Please restart your computer, and then run System Restore again". Which I have done several times to no avail. Can anyone help with this? I am running Windows XP Home Addition SP3.

A:System restore is not able to protect your computer.

Please download Rkill by Grinler from one of the 4 links below (if one of them does not work try another...) and save it to your desktop: Link 1Link 2Link 3Link 4In order for Rkill to run properly you must disable your anti-malware software.  Please refer to this page if you are not sure how.Double-click on Rkill. (If you are using Windows Vista, please right-click on it and select Run As Administrator)Note:  You may have to run Rkill a few times before it is successful.  You may also have to download Rkill from a different link which will save it as a different file name.A black screen will appear and then disappear. Please do not worry, that is normal. This means that the tool has been successfully executed.An Rkill.log will appear.  Please copy and paste the contents in your reply (file also located at c:\rkill.log)Do not reboot your computer after running Rkill as the malware programs will start again.  If your computer reboots, run Rkill again before continuing on to the next step.If nothing happens or if the tool does not run, please let me know in your next reply.

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This started yesterday. I.E. has closed this webpage to help protect your computer. I have run scans with K.I.S., melwarebytes and super anti spyware and found nothing. Application Error. (The instructions at "0x05d20068" referenced memory at "0x05d20060. The memory could not be written. I don't know what this means. I need help. I'm trying to get windows security updates. For years it's always worked manual or automatic.

A:I.E. has closed webpage to protect computer

I would guess that the site had some bad script, MS Security Center caught it and killed the page. It seems by your post that this and other sites are Ok! Is this correct?


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So this might sound like a very stupid question, but I can't figure out how to make my computer protected by a password as soon as it turns on so people can't get into my files. When I turn it on it logs immediately into Administrator, but if I hit Logout the welcome screen pops up and THEN the password protection starts. Of course, Administrator doesn't show up then (which has all of my files and everything but I have them backed up so that's not a big deal) but User and Guest does, and User is listed as an administrator and the password protection works fine. But it doesn't keep people out of my computer right when it turns on. Help? I'm using Microsoft Windows XP Professional Version 2002 Service Pack 2 if that helps.

This is kind of urgent- apparently people in my house have been using my computer when I'm not home. Please help me.

A:Protect computer with a password at start up

start > run > control userpasswords2
Check the box.
Make sure all your user accounts have passwords assigned to them.

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When i try to run system restore from start, accessories, system tools, system restore, it says it is unable to protect my computer please restart and try again. Still says it after restart. If i try to turn off system restore from my computer. properties, it says system restore encountered an error trying to disable/enable one or more drives, restart and try again.

i did have a smitfraud virus a while back that i thought i had fixed all the damage from but i think it may have erased my ability to use system restore.

any help would be appreciated


A:System Restore S Not Able To Protect Your Computer

Try the fix at Kelly's Korner.Restore/Enable System Restore - #278 on the left.Right click on it and save the .reg file to your desktop. Then, double click on the file icon (on your desktop) to merge it into your registry. You may need to reboot your computer for the changes to take affect.With any fix like this you should create a new restore point and backup the registry first. For backing up the registry I like to use ERUNT.

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ok i was playing on my computer and i download somthing then all of the sudden my computer shut down when i turned it back on i could not move any icons and my tasks would not show up on my start toolbar so i tryed to do a system restore to fix the problem but when i try i get this error messege system restore can not protect your computer please restart your computer and run system restor again i did this and i still did not work does anyone know how to fix this

thanks in advance

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Hi everyone i just moved into dorm style apartments, and i want to protect my computer. i used to live in a house where i utilized a router, now i am just plugged directly into the wall at these apartments. i want to make sure that i am protected, and i'm still fairly new at win7. I open the action center and check the securities tab and i notice that the network firewall is on. is there anything else i can do to protect myself? I also use Noscript, and scan my computer with Malware bytes. any suggestions for being safe? thanks for helping!

A:Moved into Dorms want to protect computer

Use a good antivirus. Enable password protection wherever possible.

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My son's computer is running Windows XP with Service pack 2. He has 1GB of RAM and a 1.5Ghz processor. He was watching videos today on Hulu and then went to search for one particular video. He found a site called something like parodies (dot) com and clicked the link. The computer froze and he shut down Firefox. At that point he started getting pop ups for "Spyware Protect 2009." He let me know and after I made sure he didn't click on any of the acceptance buttons I started running scans as per First Steps.

The DDS file is below and I am attaching the other files.

Christina in GA


DDS (Ver_09-03-16.01) - NTFSx86
Run by William at 16:27:46.87 on Wed 04/01/2009
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.13 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_03
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.2.1252.1.1033.18.958.668 [GMT -4:00]

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Office Keyboard\KbdAp32A.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
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A:Spyware Protect 2009 on son's computer

Hello -

I noticed you didn't complete your previous topic with chemist for your machine.

Please note that these fixes are not instantaneous. Most infections require more than one round to properly eradicate.

Stay with me until given the 'all clear' even if symptoms diminish. Lack of symptoms does not always mean the job is complete.

Kindly follow my instructions and please do no fixing on your own or running of scanners unless requested by me or another helper at this forum.


I see no AntiVirus application installed. An AntiVirus is a must have for machines connected to the internet today.

Connecting to the Internet without antivirus protection is a "Welcome" doormat for malware. It can take as little as eight seconds to infect an unprotected computer.

There are excellent free AntiVirus applications available today, so there's no reason to be unprotected.

We will address that during the course of this fix. I will tell you when.

Please subscribe to this thread to get immediate notification of replies as soon as they are posted. To do this click Thread Tools, then click Subscribe to this Thread. Make sure it is set to Instant Notification, then click Subscribe.

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That was my question. I bought a new computer, acctually i bought the parts and i put it together. Everithing runs perfect but i do not want to connect to web cause i do not know what softeware to put on, or what combination of software in order to protect me from stuff that might hurt my comp. Any advice is more than appriciated.

A:What software to have in order to protect the computer

1. Common Sense (TM)
It is rare and hard to get, but it is definently the best thing out there. Not an option for most people unfortunately.
2. Firewall software
XP SP2 comes with a very basic one builtin.
3. Antivirus software
This should be obsoleted by #1, but it is good to play safe.
4. Anti-spyware

There is no point in paying money for #2 and #4. If you can find a place that sells #1, tell me too

Do not use anything Norton or Symantec. Better leave out McAfee too.

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when i try to do system restore i get a msg>>>>QUOTE system restore is not able to protect your computer, please restart your computer and run system restore again UNQUOTE.

i do restart and the same msg comes if i want to make system restore,
baring in mind i looked for the system restore in the the adminstritive tools >> service and i cant find the system restore there ...

and if i try to go in safe mode it doesnt let me it says >>>recent hardware or software might have changed it , sorry could not start in safe mode . so that take me back to starting windows normally...
any help pls?


A:system restore cannot protect your computer

Any malware problem; do a malware check
post a log after reading this

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System info: Dell dimension 2800 cpu 2.4ghz, 512ram, win xp sp2, currently running norton antivirus and etrust pest patrol.
Here's the story, (I will try to make it short).
Just about 5 days ago my son downloaded what he thought was a game hack for some stupid game he plays online
(you can immagine what I had to go through to pull the truth out of him...) needless to say we discovered it was a virus:
This stupid virus was not cought by any of the above mentioned (norton/pest patrol). I had to manually remove some entries
from the registry and run a online scanner from trend micro.
Anyway we finally get rid of the stupid f. but now I have a problem. When I try to open system restore this will happen:

Any idea what's going on? i would like to have my system restore back!
ps: when i go in the system properties menu and click system restore option it says the system restore is monitoring the drives! help

A:system restore cannot protect your computer

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i have a problem where my computer cant system restore. The Story is my little cousin downloaded a gunbound aimbot gzpro something and after couple days the virus hit and my computer gets really laggy and the taskbar doesnt show any programs, so i try to system restore and that dialog pops up.. -,- please help. i dont want to reformat cuz i have a lot of movies and stuff on it.

A:System Restore cant protect computer

Do ;you have and anti virus program running on your computer? If not d/l install and run one of the free ones (avg or avast) available at www.download.com and/or www.majorgeek.com
If that doesn't solve the problem I suggest you d/l run an on line scan...
Here is something else for you to look at....http://forums.techguy.org/malware-removal-hijackthis-logs/622404-please-read-here-first-before.html

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Hi all, i lost my wireless internet connection, giving up after trying everything I went to system restore but was given the message: "System Restore is not able to protect your computer. Please restart your computer, and then run System Restore again". I have, with the same effect. I tried rebooting in safe mode but upon rebooting was told safe mode was not possible.I've run the antivirus programs Ad-Aware SE Personal, AVG (free ed), Spybot Search&Destroy and Ewido anti-malware without finding any viruses. This is the log from the Hijackthis scan I ran, if anyone can help it'd be very much appreciated!!Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 01:34:46, on 01/07/2008Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16674)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgamsvr.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgupsvc.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgemc.exeC:\PR... Read more

A:System Restore Cannot Protect Your Computer..

Hello stevewilliamsWelcome to the Bleeping Computer Malware Removal Forum, sorry for the delay in responding, but the amount of people posting with infected computers is through the roof and we sometimes can't get to logs as fast as we would like to. If you have not resolved this issue and still need assistance, post a new HJT log as your system may have changed since your original post.Ken

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what do you suggest me to install to my computer to protect him for virus, ad and spyware attack?

A:Solved: suggestion to how should i protect my computer

Get all the things in My Toolbox menaggio.
Update them and run them and come back to us with a report from HiJack This

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Topic title pretty much says it all. How can i prevent hijacking of my browser or even worse my entire computer? Last night i made a stupid move and attempted to download something off Pirate Bay, i read the comments and it looked legit. Since i didn't have a software that downloads the torrent i clicked on whichever one Pirate Bay offered me. The software was successfully installed and was downloading the program but it froze the halfway and my google chrome completely stopped working, Later on i found out that Conduit is a malware that sometimes installs itself without the user's permission and takes over the browser. Now i'm paranoid about downloading anything. By the way i have a supposedly good anti-virus : Bitdefender for which i paid good money! Very disappointed that it pretty much welcomed the bad malware with open hands and allowed it install itself. 

A:How to protect your computer from malware like CONDUIT??

attempted to download something off Pirate Bay : < Anything off these Torrents sites is 50 to 90% infected and not usually legalWinPatrol Free is one of the better programs to warn you if there is going to be an attempt to change your Home Page. This may help after you do a full scan with your Antivirus -Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your desktop.*Close all open programs and internet browsers.*Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.*Click on Delete.*Confirm each time with Ok.*Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.*Please post the contents of that logfile with your next reply.*You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[S1].txt as well.  Thank You -  

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i am getting this window every time I staert windows xp pro.
"protect my computer and data from unauthorised activity"
How do I remove this option?

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That Virus Protect Pro crap infected my computer last week, which is when this problem started. I finally found something to (I thought) get rid of it, SmitfraudFix. Along with the other problems, the shutting down stopped for a couple days after I did a scan with that program. But the shutting down has come back with a vengance. For a while I couldn't even get a program open before it would shut down again. Now I have a little time to write this.

Using SmitfraudFix or other antimalware programs now makes it a lot more likely that it'll shut down.

It's not always a shut down. Sometimes it restarts, and rarely it just logs off.

I've turned off auto restart in my computer settings. But this does nothing.

If I go into safe mode, it is an instant restart, unless I go to safe mode command prompt. That command prompt is the only place I am safe to scan and stuff.

So here is my hijackthis log, and below it I'll post a SmitfraudFix log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:05:44 AM, on 9/1/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
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A:Computer keeps shutting down... thinks its Virus Protect Pro

Hi there.....

Please download the OTMoveIt by OldTimer
. Save it to your desktop.
Please double-click OTMoveIt.exe to run it
Copy the file paths below to the clipboard by highlighting ALL of them and pressing CTRL + C (or, after highlighting, right-click and choose copy):


Return to OTMoveIt, right click on the "Paste List of Files/Folders to be moved" window and choose Paste.
Click the red Moveit! button.
Close OTMoveIt
If a file or folder cannot be moved immediately you may be asked to reboot the machine to finish the move process. If you are asked to reboot the machine choose Yes.


Please download Combofix from HERE

Save ComboFix to the desktop.

1. Double click on combo.exe & follow the prompts.
2. When finished, it will produce a logfile located at C:\ComboFix.txt.
3. Post the contents of that log in your next reply with a new hijackthis log.
Note: Do not mouseclick combofix's window while it is running. That may cause your system to stall/hang.

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Hi guys dont know how this got on my computer but here is the log. Can anyone help me in how to remove this unwanted icon that keeps flashing.

Thanks in advance,
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 5:52:28 PM, on 04/08/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16473)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Internet Security 2007\pavsrv51.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Internet Security 2007\AVENGINE.EXE
C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Internet Security 2007\TPSrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Microsoft LifeCam\MSCamS32.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Internet Security 2007\PsCtrls.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Internet Security 2007\PavFnSvr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Panda Software\PavShld\pavprsrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Internet Security 2007\AntiSpam\pskmssvc.exe
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A:Solved: Virus Protect Pro + Slow computer (HELP)

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Hi guys.I hope I have posted this in correct place, but wasn't sure where to put it.While starting up my computer I received the following messageTo help protect your computer, Windows has closed this programmeName: Registry EditorPublisher: Microsoft CorporationThe error report contents were as followsC:\DOCUM~1\LINDAM~1\LOCALS~1\TEMP\WER.2323.dir00\regedit.exe.mdmpC:\DOCUM~1\LINDAM~1\LOCALS~1\TEMP\WER.2323.dir00\appcompat.txtAre you able to advise what this is or why it appeared. I haven't been touching the registry files (I wouldnt know how to). I previously had a problem recently which was sorted thanks to you guys on here. Not related I dont think.Please help and let me know that my computer is safe.Many thanksLinda

A:Windows has closed a programme to help protect computer

I'm going to move this over to the Am I Infected forum because you weren't using Registry Editor when this message occurred.

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After downloading an update to flashplayer I received the error message: data execution prevention, to protect your computer windows has closed the program. Ive attempted a system restore to no avail. Thank you.

A:windows has closed this program to protect your computer.

is this computer patched up to SP3?

if not, do that first.

if so, read the following:


and welcome to TSG.



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My daughters machine has the spyware protect 2009 popping up. I tried to laod Malwarebyte, yet will not launch. I am now to a point with this machine, that when it loads on a start up, it bogs down and will not even run, just freezes. In safe mode I can manuever a little...I cannot get on line in safe mode, so am trying safe mode w/ networking tonight and hope to add a hijack this file when I get home (Iam sending this from work). I am hoping you can help me, thanks so much!

A:Spyware protect 2009 and frozen computer

I tried to laod Malwarebyte, yet will not launch.If mbam won't install or runSome types of malware will disable MBAM and other security tools. If MBAM will not install, try renaming it. Right-click on the mbam-setup.exe file and change the .exe extension to .bat, .com, .pif, or .scr and then double-click on it to run.If after installation, MBAM will not run, open the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder in Program Files, right-click on mbam.exe and change the .exe as noted above. Then double-click on it to run.

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