Way more Popups, attempted Hi-jackings since installing latest Windows updates on April 20th.

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by Nate Goulet, Apr 22, 2004.

  1. Nate Goulet

    Nate Goulet Guest

    Way more Popups, attempted Hi-jackings since installing latest Windows
    updates on April 20th

    Because I wanted to use a VPN connection, I wanted to ensure my PC
    would not cause any probems with a server or infect it somehow.

    On April 20th I virus scanned my PC, cleared the disk cache, temp
    folder, temporary Internet folder, etc. Then I installed the
    following Windows updates

    Security Update for Windows XP (KB835732)
    Security Update for Windows XP (KB828741)
    Security Update for Windows XP (KB837001)
    Cumulative Security Update for Outlook Express 6 (KB837009)

    Everything installed fine, and is working fine.

    But i've noticed way more popups, attempted hi-jackings, programs
    trying to install on my pc, etc.

    I used the Trend Micro Housecall online virus scanner, nothing found
    (and it's very good about picking stuff up).

    Also updated & ran Spybot Search & Destory. Nothing new found.

    I did setup a VPN connection, but it never connected successfully.
    I've noticed the VPN window has came up on it's own 3 times like a
    hacker somehow detected it on my pc.

    I have NAT protection in a router for my firewall.

    Any ideas if the updates somehow caused this new problems, or is it
    something else? I rarely see this kind of activity on my pc.

    Maybe a website I visited could have caused this?
     
    Nate Goulet, Apr 22, 2004
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  2. Using one Spyware Cleanup Application, eh? Spybot is a good choice, if
    using just one - but I would never recommend just one.

    Secure your system and keep it protected/updated by following these tips:

    You may have spyware/adware infesting your machine, follow the
    appropriate section for that, making sure you use at least
    THREE of the tools I list to scan and clean your machine AFTER
    updating them. Cleaning up spyware/adware/malware usually
    solves home page hijackers as well.

    Please Notice that if you use AOL, you should at least upgrade to 9.0 or
    greater before doing any of the fixes. I know you can get AOL 9.0 at almost
    any convenience store, gas station, super market or other retail outlet in
    the world, so this should not be a problem.


    Turn on that firewall...
    http://www.microsoft.com/WindowsXP/home/using/howto/homenet/icf.asp
    (It has been reported that it now works with AOL 9.0+)


    Make sure you have all the updates (critical) installed from:
    http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/
    (Scan for updates, Review and Install)


    Get rid of the spy/ad/mal-ware..
    (Yes - using MORE than one of these..
    I recommend at least the first three. Also..
    UPDATE the definitions for them before using.)

    Spybot Search and Destroy
    http://www.safer-networking.net/

    Lavasoft AdAware
    http://www.lavasoft.de

    CWSShredder
    http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/downloads.html

    Hijack This!
    http://mjc1.com/mirror/hjt/

    I also like "The Cleaner" and "SpywareBlaster" and "SpywareGuard".
    - http://www.moosoft.com/
    - http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/

    The first is a PAY product, but useable for 30 days - it has found and
    eliminated problems in the past the others did not. The latter two are
    prevention mechanisms. I like SpywareGuard for those with enough processor
    to have something running like antivirus software - and it prevents browser
    hijacking quite well. SpywareBlaster is a FANTASTIC free product, I suggest
    getting this after you cleanup and keeping it updated as well....

    And Assortment of Others:
    http://spywareinfo.com/


    After you cleanup your PC somewhat of spy/ad/mal-ware, verify your antivirus
    software is updated and run a full scan of your computer. If you have no
    antivirus software - get one NOW! Grisoft AntiVirus:
    http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php


    Empty your Temporary Internet Files and shrink the size it stores to about
    80 to 120MB (seems to be an optimal size for the normal user)

    - Open ONE copy of Internet Explorer.
    - Select TOOLS -> Internet Options.
    - Under the General tab in the "Temporary Internet Files" section,
    do the following:
    - Click on "Delete Cookies" (click OK)
    - Click on "Settings" and change the
    "Amount of disk space to use:" to something between 80MB
    and 120MB. (Betting it is MUCH larger right now.)
    - Click OK.
    - Click on "Delete Files" and select to
    "Delete all offline contents" (the checkbox) and click
    OK. (If you had a LOT, this could take 2-10 minutes or
    more.)
    - Once it is done, click OK, close Internet Explorer
    - Re-open Internet Explorer.


    Uninstall any software you do not use often/ever. (If you have something
    installed but never use it, uninstall it.) If you go through Control
    Panel -> Add/Remove Programs and see things you seldom if ever use, it is to
    your advantage to remove it.


    Also, if you are tired of Web Page Pop-Ups/Unders.. You could try the
    Google Toolbar.
    http://toolbar.google.com/


    Stop loading applications at logon.. run MSCONFIG and look under the startup
    tab for things you DON'T want to startup! Search the Internet with Google
    to discover what things are safe to remove and what things may even be
    malware infecting your computer.


    Better control your email and lessen the amount of time you spend dealing
    with SPAM:
    SpamBayes
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/spambayes/
    or
    Spamihilator.
    http://www.spamihilator.com
     
    Shenan Stanley, Apr 22, 2004
    #2
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  3. Nate Goulet

    metsrok Guest

    I actually noticed this too. I ran Ad-Aware, and it caught a whopping 162 new spyware, etc., which is out of the norm for me. When I deleted them, it actually tried to delete windows media player, so i think microsoft is pulling a fast one on us.
     
    metsrok, Apr 22, 2004
    #3
  4. Nate Goulet

    Bob K Guest

    Nate:

    I made the mistake of posting my real e-mail address here
    recently (one of them, anyway), and immediately after that
    I began to get a dozen or so virus-laden e-mails a day. I
    closed down that address.

    As for the popups, the advice given is sound...keep
    looking for the malware. It's in the computer somewhere;
    you just need to use multiple programs to find it.

    Bob K
     
    Bob K, Apr 22, 2004
    #4
  5. Nate Goulet

    bmauigirl Guest

    I have had the same problems with popups and hi-jackings since I downloaded the Explorer 6 update yesterday. The Adware software seems to be connected with the increase in popups. More popups, "buy our popups eliminater". Any other solutions?
     
    bmauigirl, Apr 25, 2004
    #5
  6. Did you read any of the thosands of responses about this before posting? heh

    You may have spyware/adware infesting your machine, follow the
    appropriate section for that, making sure you use at least
    THREE of the tools I list to scan and clean your machine AFTER
    updating them. Cleaning up spyware/adware/malware usually
    solves home page hijackers as well.

    Please Notice that if you use AOL, you should at least upgrade to 9.0 or
    greater before doing any of the fixes. I know you can get AOL 9.0 at almost
    any convenience store, gas station, super market or other retail outlet in
    the world, so this should not be a problem.


    Turn on that firewall...
    http://www.microsoft.com/WindowsXP/home/using/howto/homenet/icf.asp
    (It has been reported that it now works with AOL 9.0+)


    Make sure you have all the updates (critical) installed from:
    http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/
    (Scan for updates, Review and Install)


    Get rid of the spy/ad/mal-ware..
    (Yes - using MORE than one of these..
    I recommend at least the first three. Also..
    UPDATE the definitions for them before using.)

    Spybot Search and Destroy
    http://www.safer-networking.net/

    Lavasoft AdAware
    http://www.lavasoft.de

    CWSShredder
    http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/downloads.html

    Hijack This!
    http://mjc1.com/mirror/hjt/

    I also like "The Cleaner" and "SpywareBlaster" and "SpywareGuard".
    - http://www.moosoft.com/
    - http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/

    The first is a PAY product, but useable for 30 days - it has found and
    eliminated problems in the past the others did not. The latter two are
    prevention mechanisms. I like SpywareGuard for those with enough processor
    to have something running like antivirus software - and it prevents browser
    hijacking quite well. SpywareBlaster is a FANTASTIC free product, I suggest
    getting this after you cleanup and keeping it updated as well....

    And Assortment of Others:
    http://spywareinfo.com/


    After you cleanup your PC somewhat of spy/ad/mal-ware, verify your antivirus
    software is updated and run a full scan of your computer. If you have no
    antivirus software - get one NOW! Grisoft AntiVirus:
    http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php


    Empty your Temporary Internet Files and shrink the size it stores to about
    80 to 120MB (seems to be an optimal size for the normal user)

    - Open ONE copy of Internet Explorer.
    - Select TOOLS -> Internet Options.
    - Under the General tab in the "Temporary Internet Files" section,
    do the following:
    - Click on "Delete Cookies" (click OK)
    - Click on "Settings" and change the
    "Amount of disk space to use:" to something between 80MB
    and 120MB. (Betting it is MUCH larger right now.)
    - Click OK.
    - Click on "Delete Files" and select to
    "Delete all offline contents" (the checkbox) and click
    OK. (If you had a LOT, this could take 2-10 minutes or
    more.)
    - Once it is done, click OK, close Internet Explorer
    - Re-open Internet Explorer.


    Uninstall any software you do not use often/ever. (If you have something
    installed but never use it, uninstall it.) If you go through Control
    Panel -> Add/Remove Programs and see things you seldom if ever use, it is to
    your advantage to remove it.


    Also, if you are tired of Web Page Pop-Ups/Unders.. You could try the
    Google Toolbar.
    http://toolbar.google.com/


    Stop loading applications at logon.. run MSCONFIG and look under the startup
    tab for things you DON'T want to startup! Search the Internet with Google
    to discover what things are safe to remove and what things may even be
    malware infecting your computer.


    Better control your email and lessen the amount of time you spend dealing
    with SPAM:
    SpamBayes
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/spambayes/
    or
    Spamihilator.
    http://www.spamihilator.com
     
    Shenan Stanley, Apr 26, 2004
    #6
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