Bizzare incidents ! - Microsoft Windows

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  1. Bizzare incidents !

    hi all,

    My friend is running Windows 2000 OS in my office. All of a sudden
    Norton Anti-Virus auto-protect feature was turned off ! Then he could
    not see his desktop at all but the wall-paper. Then he rebooted his
    machine but to no avail. Once he logs on to the local network desktop
    comes and disappears.
    When i asked him he told me that only IE 6.0 was running.He also told
    me that not downloaded any attachments prior to that.

    Can anyone will be provide insights into this one ? it will of great
    help.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Re: Bizzare incidents !

    > My friend is running Windows 2000 OS in my office. All of a sudden
    > Norton Anti-Virus auto-protect feature was turned off ! Then he could
    > not see his desktop at all but the wall-paper. Then he rebooted his
    > machine but to no avail. Once he logs on to the local network desktop
    > comes and disappears.
    > When i asked him he told me that only IE 6.0 was running.He also told
    > me that not downloaded any attachments prior to that.
    > Can anyone will be provide insights into this one ? it will of great
    > help.


    Having your virus killer switched off sounds suspiciously like a virus
    infestation to me though - it`s a common tactic they use. There are
    several sites that can do an "online scan" for free - might be useful if
    you`re on a decent speed line :-}

    Scan it for malware asap - try http://security.kolla.de (Spybot Search &
    Destroy) - it`s free - it will track and remove ~8000 trojan and other
    assorted nasties.

    Use the online update feature (bottom left) - there`s likely to be
    "includes" and a newer help file, download the Spybot hosts file (under
    tools / hosts), and from the spybot link top left, select immunise, and
    then scan... You can fairly safely ignore anything that it doesn`t tick
    by default, but you might be surprised at how much it picks up.

    IE is very easy for malicious programs to patch (i`ve had it done to me),
    and i`m *very* careful - I only use Opera if at all possible for all
    browsing.

    I`d also recommend a firewall on every single machine on the network so
    you know what apps are trying to get out.

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