Re: [NTO] Any other strategies?
- Adrian/ Rosemary Worsfold wrote:
> Two days on Broadband with my other computer and a virus hasAdrian,
> affected the dial up.
> I've just been vigilant. This is two days into broadband. I
> know the mistake I made. A box appeared asking if I wanted to
> press OK or Cancel, and instead of disconnecting before pressing
> the x I just pressed the x. I suspect too that some unseen web
> pages have come into the system and spread their poison. I don't
> as a rule leave the broadband on, but it was on enough for the
> nasty invasion. I'm just wondering if any of you experts out
> there have another strategy prior to the clean up to try?
> Adrian Worsfold
Since you do have broadband/adsl, I have adsl, you might want to try
several of the online scans provided by many of the AV software makers.
Each shows slightly different weaknesses and strong points.
You should also consider changing your AV software. I used Norton for
several years and for several reasons, mainly because it caused as much
trouble as it fixed. The last thing that comes to mind is its inability
to deal with the Klez virus.
I shopped around, got others opinions and settled for Panda AV. The
previous and latest versions also have a software firewall that appears
to be very proficient. The new version also has built-in spam and
spyware functions that also appear to work very well.
In its day Norton was about the, only and best, but, that day is over
and there are several other very good choices. AVG has a free, limited,
version that is very good.
hrs > hsavage@...
- Hi Adrian and all,
Please get additional opinions about the Linksys router before you buy it. I
have installed three of them in three different locations. Only one has been
trouble-free. The others each intermittently give false IP addresses. The
model number in all cases is WRT55AG (Dual-Band Wireless A+G Broadband
Router). A friend told me he had similar problems with Linksys routers at his
place of business. He cured the problem by switching to D-Link routers. I
don't know the model numbers involved at his shop.
I replaced my two faulty Linksys units with the D-Link 108G Gaming router, and
have had no recurring problems.
- Thanks for the replies.
I read them. By a roundbout route I discovered that an offending file was hclean.exe that was
described as a Trojan Horse about which nothing could be done. An Internet search revealed a
script to enter via a text to .reg file, which I did, but a better solution was l2mfix.exe installed which
I also activated. Whether these worked together or just the latter, the hclean.exe file was
revealed. It could not be erased. I ran the installed l2mfix again and the result was that the
Broadband dialup number (of sorts) was transferred to all dialups. Reinstalling other dialup
numbers has seen them become stable. At least so far.
In addition I have followed much conversation on this list and installed Mozilla Firefox in order to
add some protection from attacks. I had been using MyIE2 which I like for tabs but it is too
dependent on IE for functioning.
I've left myself this note in the fixer program.
Click on l2mfix.bat in case of infection
This runs the program before and after boot up and has probably altered hclean.exe and
reintroduced stability on 07/08/2005. Instead of the corruption of dialup by outside infection, it put
the number for broadband across all dialups after which they were reinstalled to their own
numbers, suggesting that the default dialup was sent across all accounts.
- Hi Alec / Adrian:
>You might want to try:I too have been using it by recommendation from this list. I like
>>> "Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) is a security technology that
>>> helps protect Windows users from spyware and other potentially
>>> unwanted software. Known spyware on your PC can be detected
>>> and removed.
it very much. It catches stuff that Lavasoft's Adware6 (?) and
SpyBot misses and is very, very much faster!!! My compliments to
the MS development team on it, even though I'm quite sure they
are all on this list. <bg>
The whole world doth err save you and me,
and even thou doest err some! ;)
- Hi Barry and Others,
>I use a good firewall (Zone Alarm) and I have also installed aI have used ZoneAlarm for a number of years and it is my firm
>small program called WinPatrol http://www.winpatrol.com/ which
>alerts me immediately any attempt is made to alter my OS without
>my knowledge or permission. I think nowadays that an AV program
>is a must as well and there are a number of good freebies out
>there http://www.free-av.com/antivirus/allinonen.html I know it's
>bolting the stable door but you don't want the same think to
>happen all over again.
belief that it is far more import to use than an antivirus
program. Actually, I find antivirus programs quite useless *for
me* because of strict "rules" I have made like don't open eMail
attachments or go to links unless you are expecting them from the
person mailing them, and if not, I write them and ask if they
included the attachment, link, etc. Virus protectors are good to
have, so please don't take me wrong. I do use one and do suggest
that everybody uses one, ***but*** do not trust them. They are
not perfect, new viruses are sent out daily, and it depends on
your antivirus software on how up to date they keep the
signatures file, the files used to detect the viruses/worms, etc.
Always use the: when in doubt, don't open it rule!!!
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