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Computer advice: hacking, virus protection, spyware removal, new firewall, PayPal.

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Old 06-09-2007, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Murphy, NC
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Help me please. I think that someone is somehow hacking into my computer. I can't seem to figure out why or how. Wierd things have been occuring lately. I have a very unique password and I NEVER gave it out. How can this happen? What can I do to stop this? I have no idea who to contact either. I don't even know if I am in the right forum for this kind of question. Any help is appreciated.
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Old 06-09-2007, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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Can you describe some of the weird things? That would give us a starting point.
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Old 06-09-2007, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Murphy, NC
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My password for Yahoo has been changed once. I am also getting wierd emails from websites I have not visited before, like I signed up there. Also, I have a page on myspace, and comments get deleted, friends disappear. Does that help?
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Old 06-09-2007, 02:26 PM
 
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Help me please. I think that someone is somehow hacking into my computer. I can't seem to figure out why or how. Wierd things have been occuring lately. I have a very unique password and I NEVER gave it out. How can this happen? What can I do to stop this? I have no idea who to contact either. I don't even know if I am in the right forum for this kind of question. Any help is appreciated.
Sounds like you have a trojan or some spyware on your computer. Millions of computers are hijacked by these programs and most people have no idea they have been victimized. You can try a free spyware removal tool that has worked well for me for years.

PC World - PC World Downloads - Ad Aware 2007 Free (http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,7423-order,1-page,1-c,alldownloads/description.html - broken link)

You will surprised how much junk has sneaked onto your puter. At least this would be a start.
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Old 06-09-2007, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Murphy, NC
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Sounds like you have a trojan or some spyware on your computer. Millions of computers are hijacked by these programs and most people have no idea they have been victimized. You can try a free spyware removal tool that has worked well for me for years.

PC World - PC World Downloads - Ad Aware 2007 Free (http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,7423-order,1-page,1-c,alldownloads/description.html - broken link)

You will surprised how much junk has sneaked onto your puter. At least this would be a start.
I'll try it and let you know.
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Old 06-09-2007, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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Good advice da jammer. Of the 300 emails I get daily, at least 98% are spam and many are addressed to my name -- so, when you see stuff like that don't be too alarmed.

There are great anti virus programs out there and many are free to start. I can not stress enough that you need to get protection. :-)
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Old 06-09-2007, 04:38 PM
 
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a couple more sites where you can download some very good and no cost protection:

AVG Free Advisor: Free anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-malware tools

avast! antivirus software - computer virus, worm and Trojan protection by ALWIL Software
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Old 06-09-2007, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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The Ad Aware program is a good one and it's free. You'd be surprised what you can pick up just off myspace alone. I know a handfull of people who had to literaly overhaul their computers due to virus' they recieved from links on myspace.

Also note...yahoo "does" sell and share your info. So you will get all kinds of spam mail through them. I use yahoo...but they have a fairly good spam block. I still get one or two a day in my inbox tho. Just mark them spam and you'll never recieve mail from that address again. And last but not least... stay away from those porn sites!
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Old 06-09-2007, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska (most of the time)
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And last but not least... stay away from those porn sites!
What do you do if they just turn up anyhow? I once googled for an English writer for a school project, when I was somehow re-directed from the page I opened up, to a porn site! Since I am the "prudish" one in my class, and known to be, and this happened on school time, you might guess the reactions from my fellow classmates that saw what happened...Safe to say- I have never googled that person again!! I'll keep to books, thank you...

I guess I'm not the right person to speak about suspecting virus and trojan horses on my computer...I fear them everyday!
Yes, sometimes overprotecting family members can ruin the fun...
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Old 06-09-2007, 08:42 PM
 
Location: orlando, fl
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i agree with da jammer that it could possibly be a trojan. however, the fact that someone messed with your myspace account makes me think that it's possibly someone who has physical access to your computer, and either used a keylogger or changed your internet browser settings to store passwords. does anyone have physical access to your computer?


oh, and i strong recommend that you install Zone Alarm. it's a free firewall that can prevent stuff from getting installed on your computer, and if you do get a trojan it can prevent the trojan from contacting it's server
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