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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-05-2003, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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So, I just got cable internet...

And my computer constantly sounds like it is downloading something.

My home page keeps going back to something that I never set it as...even after I go in and change it, the next time I get online, it's back to a page I've never even heard of before.

I keep getting annoying things just automatically downloading onto my computer.

My mouse keeps getting stuck and my computer is basically just acting all freaky.

What can I do to safeguard my computer? I've already downloaded Ad-Aware, but I haven't seen any changes in the above three things.

The computer making the noises that it makes when it's downloading something is driving me freaking won't shut up~ it's just constantly going...
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-05-2003, 10:19 AM
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You might consider turning on the XP Firewall if your running Windows XP and invest in a Router.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-05-2003, 12:27 PM
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No way I'd have a windows box plugged into a broad band connection with out a firewall and anti virus loaded.

On average an unproteced/unpatched windows machine at most would last 24 hours before being infected/hacked/trojaned/etc.
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-05-2003, 12:31 PM
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5 years with no problems. Just using Charter software.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-05-2003, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I'm using Charter and my computer is wiggin out. I'm on Windows 98...and I have no clue what a firewall is.

Can anyone help?
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-06-2003, 06:53 PM
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You've probably got one of those email worms

Please download some virus software or use a free online virus scanner ( ). You'll want something permanent to scan for virii, you'll also want to goto and get all the latest patches. Now maybe you know why I hate MS stuff so much, no?
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