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3 hours of hell

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pacattack05

A few hours ago I shut my computer off and went to the store to get my tickets for tonight.

I come back and turn my computer on, and can't get past a message. Somehow a tool bar was taking over my computer, and freezing it.

Thank god I had a guest sign in, and ran my trend softeware, and my adaware also. Then I went into my add or remove programs, and removed that toolbar, which in turn ticked them off and froze my computer again. But I just shut it down and it was gone.

Phew!!!!! I thought I had to take my tower to the pc repair guy.

Three hours of hell!!!

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LOTTOMIKE

thank goodness you got it back.................

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sirbrad

Been there and done all of that crap, even had much worse! Hate those blue screens of you know what...I have experienced 16 hours of hell once I had so many problems. Thankfully I have 2 extra pcs just in case to help me solve them all when I have to. Been good for quite some time now though. Smash on wood.

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Editgap

I got the blue screen of death for 4 days ago. I think it took me 2 days to repair after reinstalling my newly purchased win XP.

I have to reinstall all my programs. Find code reg codes for lottery software, populate my link bar etc.

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cahaba

Using Firefox will help, or you can switch over to a MAC and probably avoid the problems all together.

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pacattack05

I feel for everyone that responded. I can relate. This wasn't the first time.

I had to take my firewall down. I couldn't purchase anything online a few months ago.

After talking to many off-shore indian customer service representatives, for 5 hours, I finally got the problem solved. Too much protection...that's why I couldn't purchase anything online.

I had to disable the firewall.

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pacattack05

Using Firefox will help, or you can switch over to a MAC and probably avoid the problems all together.

I have firefox,,,,,thanx...

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cahaba

My checking accout was wiped out, and I had to reinstall everything.  I will be moving to a MAC soon.

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pacattack05

My checking accout was wiped out, and I had to reinstall everything.  I will be moving to a MAC soon.

WOW!!!! how'd that happen?

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dvdiva

Even windows can be secure. It's a matter of knowing what's running including all services and using firefox with no-script. The most important thing is to keep your computer up to date and use a good firewall.

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dvdiva

If you do get a mac turn on the firewall that's included in 10.4 and keep it up to date as well. It's a great OS.

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BobP

If you can't afford anti-virus software there is a wonderful free for home use version here.  http://www.grisoft.com/doc/289/lng/us/tpl/tpl01  I've been using it since it came with Win-XP in the computer's software bundle and haven't caught anything yet knock on wood. BobP

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powerplayer

Some good tools to use on all computers are :

 

Adware & spybot

You can go to www.cnet.com and under downloads get these.

Norton, McAfee and other firewalls will help also.

 

Powerplayer

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Chewie

Sounds like a clot of people need to stop downloading crap off the internet, or stop jumping on those freebie links.  A good firewall, a good virus protector, and a medium of common sense and you can keep your computer clean.

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Todd

Sounds like a clot of people need to stop downloading crap off the internet, or stop jumping on those freebie links.  A good firewall, a good virus protector, and a medium of common sense and you can keep your computer clean.

I Agree! 100% correct.

I run stahdard Windows XP on all my PCs (except my Mac), with Norton Internet Security handling the firewall, anti-virus, and anti-spyware.  I also run AdAware every two weeks or so, but it hasn't detected any real spyware on my PC for over six months now.  Norton, combined with Microsoft Outlook, do an excellent job of filtering out everything bad from incoming e-mail, and I get literally thousands of e-mails every day.  (In fact, I use Microsoft Outlook's built-in anti-spam filter, and turn off Norton's e-mail anti-spam filter.  It still scans all e-mails for viruses, but Microsoft's filter does a better job of filtering out the spam nonsense.)

With this setup I never have any kind of infection problems.

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