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Old May 18th, 2011, 07:26 PM   #11
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Tim:

Please, whenever you get a chance to drop your knife and fork...gimme the destructions on removing this IE9 and installing Firefox.

The reason I ask is that you might know shortcuts and I'm all about shortcuts.
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Old May 18th, 2011, 07:36 PM   #12
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You can download Firefox from http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/new/

You don't have to uninstall IE9 - just select Firefox as your default browser and let IE9 rot where it sits.

You might also look at Avant, but Firefox works well for me and it is a LOT easier to use to deal with images.
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Old May 18th, 2011, 08:54 PM   #13
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Tim;

Thanks. I installed it and it works fine.
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Old May 18th, 2011, 08:54 PM   #14
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You mean you got the infection without even clicking on a link...or opening an email ?

You know the worst sites for these particular rogue programs? Newspapers! I **** you not. Small, regional newspapers starved for advertising revenue are the worst offenders. They are far from the only ones, for sure, but it's amazing how many of them have this crap in their ad rotation.

Usually they are embedded in an iframe just like any other advertising--that's the problem with these bastards. They are walking the finest of lines between "aggresive business practices" and "illegal hacking".
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Old May 18th, 2011, 09:02 PM   #15
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Mag:

Not sure if this is true or not...but I've heard that viruses can be transmitted through emails simply by reading the email...and not opening any attachments which accompany them.

Izzit so ?
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Old May 18th, 2011, 09:06 PM   #16
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Not sure if this is true or not...but I've heard that viruses can be transmitted through emails simply by reading the email...and not opening any attachments which accompany them.

Izzit so ?

It certainly used to be true. Dunno how common it is now--usually emails are scanned at the server level these days so infected mails don't make it to your account. I suppose it would depend on what mail client you use these days.
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Old May 18th, 2011, 11:06 PM   #17
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We got a frantic call from one of my bff's tonight.

She'd been reading a few emails, one from a mac
user, the other from a windows pc and as she left
the email program, she got a pop up telling her she
had 29 "issues" and for a mere $99 they'd fix it
for her. She hadn't even fired up IE yet. It had a
very official sounding name like "MS Windows 7
Security and Firewall Center" but it's just an
updated and more sophisticated version of
the old AV2009, which is a real hard disc killer.

She told him her Macafee had been disabled which
surprised him as he'd built this machine for her and
since AV2009 had killed the hard drive in my laptop
and disabled my Macafee two years ago, he'd stop
using it and started using MS Security Essentials.
The one feature I like about MS SE is, if you do
a google search, it will sometimes say "this site
will harm your computer" within the search results.
Pretty handy.
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Old May 19th, 2011, 04:58 AM   #18
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What version of windows were you using? In other words was it the new windows 7? Or just xp.
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Old May 19th, 2011, 07:50 AM   #19
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Hi
My OS is Windows XP SP3

The only legacy I haven't found a general fix for is that when I go to All Programs listing via the Start button, all are showing as empty. All the shortcuts have been deleted and I am having to recreate them all manually.
A pain but minor compared to the other damage inflicted.
To endorse what Tim said, I am very careful about what sites I visit and always run firewall and AV and all incoming e-mail are supposedly vetted for malicious content by BT Yahoo.
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Old May 19th, 2011, 07:58 AM   #20
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It seems to be a very recent incarnation of a previously known virus:
This summary (from howtoremoveit.com) sums up exactly what I experienced:
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Windows XP Recovery Description

Windows XP Recovery, reported today, is the latest spreading infection out there. Popular infection gets the most popular category on Howtoremoveit, fake security program. Left alone, this infection can possibly cause even further problems to your system. Windows XP Recovery can install and infect a computer without any permission from the end user.
Windows XP Recovery Symptoms


Once the infection is installed, the application immediately starts a fake scan of the machine. A number of fabricated security alerts and error messages are also launched by Windows XP Recovery. This fake scan produces a false results screen, attempting to entice the user to buy the program. Please get in touch with your credit card company if you bought it.
Windows XP Recovery Distribution

With so many possibilities, it is tough to say how Windows XP Recovery got installed on your computer. Camouflaged as a legit window’s screen, a not real scanner webpage is commonly the way this infection gets onto machines. Sometimes the infection will look like a legit Flash update or video codec. Once run, the payload is actually Windows XP Recovery. If left on the computer, the damage caused by Windows XP Recovery can worsen and accelerate, so speedy removal is important."
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