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    Infected?

    Well, I was googling for "teapot repair"* and got a porn link and, oops clicked on a pic. Now I've got a blinking "?" in the tray (real ?) in the lowest right hand corner of my screen and can't seem to get rid of it.

    Seemingly assiciated with the blinking "?" is a little recurring poping sound and a tendency for my PC to open Explorer (I run Mozilla Firefox) to tell me I need to download a virus protection program. I don't want to do this as whenever I've tried installing AVG Free it slows my system down and finds nothing with its scans.

    Other than these annoyances, my system in not slowed down at all.

    What can/should I do to get rid of the new, unwanted additions?

    *After having repaired a Yixing teapot w epoxy. It holds so far but I was/am concerned about possible toxins in tea brewed in it from the epoxy. Google found NOTHING.
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    never ever click on a porn link....sexual transmissible diseases can occur.lol
    i hope the virus will not damage your hardware.
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    Possibly you inadvertently downloaded some type of program from the site. You need to figure out the name of the program. Go to your control panel, then click on add/delete programs. If you see the program, you can delete it. Any shortcut on your desktop must also be deleted seperately.

    btw- stop surfin those porn sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasb
    Possibly you inadvertently downloaded some type of program from the site. You need to figure out the name of the program. Go to your control panel, then click on add/delete programs. If you see the program, you can delete it. Any shortcut on your desktop must also be deleted seperately.

    btw- stop surfin those porn sites.
    Fxck, chasb, I really was googling for "teapot repair" and got the link to a pornsite; try it and see. I did screw up by clicking on one of the links and now I'm paying for it.

    When the blinker opens Explorer it offers me various virus protection programs w free scans but my firewall blocks downloading them, while allowing the download of AVG Free?

    adi, thanks for the advice.
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    check download.com and download Spybot Search and Destroy. Run that, reboot, run again, reboot, repeat until it stops finding things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy
    check download.com and download Spybot Search and Destroy. Run that, reboot, run again, reboot, repeat until it stops finding things.
    Andy, I had already run Spybot before I posted seeking help here. I've run it again twice and after the Immunization the program displayed "All detected bad items were already blocked", twice.
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    Juke_spin,

    I'm not sure if this works or not for spyware/mal-ware but for viruses I know it doens't work, but you can try to system restore to a day before you downloaded that program, it may work, probalby not though worth a try maybe!

    Also try
    Ad-Aware

    its like SpyBot
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    I ten to run both as well (ad aware and spybot) b/c they will sometimes miss something, and the other one will catch it.
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    Wow, spybot didnt get it. I guess it's time to start looking for fishy things in add/remove programs and then checking suspect processes you can kill. Maybe purge IE's cashe and cookies too. It's hiding there somewhere!

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    Cory and sjean, thanks. I'm running Ad-Aware now, after doing the update thing.
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