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Firefox and google

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Generalcarry, May 13, 2006.

  1. Generalcarry

    Generalcarry NRA Member

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    What the hell did I do now? Out of the blue, every time I try to google anything on FF I get a thumping noise and a salmon colored search banner appears on the bottom of the monitor. I can't get rid of it. Any ideas?
     
  2. Brass Nazi

    Brass Nazi NO BRASS FOR U!

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    I assume that you are using XP or 2K for your OS? The first thing that I would do is go to the control panel. Click on "add/remove programs" and look for anything unusual. I bet you will find a toolbar utility that was put on your machine without you knowing it, kind of like a virus. I have seen this problem with the computers at work.
     

  3. Generalcarry

    Generalcarry NRA Member

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    I just searched and found nothing but, yesterday I came across a yahoo toolbar I never installed and I uninstalled that. Yesterday I got a MS update (notify and I install setting) and after installation a restart message kept appearing. I kept hitting it and no restart. Went to start/restart and nothing. Ended up just holding the on/off button till it shut down. A while later the screen got shakey (have comcast and thought it was the rain and wind) but eventually it quit. Everything happened after the MS download.
     
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    FYI it is more likely another install did this and the MS update required a reboot or something which caused this behavior.

    Some install routines of 'reputable' software have spyware/viral tendencies.

     
  5. HVAC-TEK

    HVAC-TEK

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    Its adware

    Since FF is free, I would say just uninstall and reinstall it.

    This should fix the problem.

    You can find free spy and adware tools at WWW.majorgeeks.com as well as a link to the fire fox download

    KIM
     
  6. Generalcarry

    Generalcarry NRA Member

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    I sure can't say it isn't adware, but I useSpy-Sweeper (bought it), Ad-ware, and Spy-bot. I usually leave the computer on 24/7 and each time during the day I leave it (retired) I run Ad-ware or Spy-bot. Spy-Sweeper runs daily at 1 am. That may sound like over kill but it's there so I just use it.
    It was the monitor fluttering like it did that "felt" like something bad was happening.
    Majorgeeks is my buddy!
     
  7. DeadMansLife

    DeadMansLife Senior Member

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    On my XP Home pc I run FF, ZL, AVG, AdawareSE, SpyBot, and Windows Defender. The last 8 scans have been clean but for a few MRU's.

    I don't know if this setup will work for you but it does wonders for me and I can surf anywhere.
     
  8. Washington D.C.

    Washington D.C.

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    Here's the best malware tools I've found.

    Ewido,best adware/spyware scanner

    http://majorgeeks.com/Ewido_Anti-Malware_d4677.html

    RemoveIt Pro,best trojan/worm scanner

    http://majorgeeks.com/RemoveIT_Pro_d4878.html

    RegAuditor,best registry scanner,use for really hard to remove infections,If it finds something have it open it in regedit,It will show in blue on the right,Right click on the blue and click Delete.

    http://majorgeeks.com/RegAuditor_d5049.html

    For general clean up use Ccleaner,will clean space and registry.


    http://majorgeeks.com/CCleaner_d4191.html



    I use AVG for anti-virus

    http://majorgeeks.com/AVG_Free_Edition_d886.html


    I use Zone Alarm for the firewall

    http://majorgeeks.com/ZoneAlarm_Free_d388.html


    One of the best and safest browsers I've found is Mozilla


    http://majorgeeks.com/Mozilla_d556.html


    I chose these programs because they work and have the fewest problems.
     
  9. Generalcarry

    Generalcarry NRA Member

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    I checked my last 2 MicroSoft installs on 5/12 and they were:
    KB 890830 and KB 913580. One of them froze up my computer. It says they were both installed correctly.
     
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    Washington D.C.

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    If you have an intermediate level of computer skills, you should be running Proxomitron.

    It's a free program that will filter out all the bad HTML stuff that makes you computer vulnerable. It's infinitely tweakable, although not necessarily that intuitive.

    I've run it for the past few years and I've had zero problems with spyware, malware, viruses, pop-up ads, etc. I regularly scan my computer for them, but I've never had an infection.

    Link

    NN
     
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    Generalcarry NRA Member

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    Thanks, I'll give it a try!