Well the ultimate virus preventer is to switch to Mozilla Firefox browser and mozilla Thunderbird mail client.
I only picked up the Funweb trojan (which appears to be harmless anyhow) because the cursormania site would only accept I.E. so I switched to I.E. and promptly got the Fun. trojan.
I'm back to Firefox now. Mozilla just released the final version this month and it works really well.
OK, Ron, you say it seems harmless, but I understood that it lets other viruses in by a back door, so it may be more dangerous than you think
Incidentally, I opened an email the other week, the name of the sender was in my address book, a neighbour of mine, & instantly got My Doom "O"
Used "search", including hidden files, no trace, ran AVG, same result, went to the Norton website, thy scanned my PC for it, again, nothing. I was told that it could be a spoof, & NOT a virus after all.
Nice to hear from you again, olefarte :grinthumb don't pay any attention to us, us wrinklies are multiplying on site, & feeling our oats, as they say!
Ron, don't take offence, pal, it's just that I was advised that I'd have to go into safe mode first, & as they all know here, I'm a little reluctant to go into "unknown territory" as I haven't been computing long, but your solution seems easier, I'm sure that realblackstuff will understand:chef: he's got to know what makes me tick by now, [or what doesn't!]
I don't think that he'll worry about you misspelling Guinness, it's not his favourite tipple any way, mind, he wouldn't refuse a free one, he'd force it down somehow, I'm sure!
I've only been PC-ing for 4 or 5 years and I really haven't learned much. Had a slow w98 machine that crashed bigtime. The repair shop wiped the hard drive clean making it a total door stop. After I stopped cussing them (and soiling myself) I told them to keep the darned thing and bought a new one. Running w2kpro and enjoying the new speed even though it is only dialup.
The only thing that offends me is when someone thinks they are offending me.
Hey Ron, I like you, you're quite a character!
My history of computers is similar to yours, my reason for taking it up, was because I lost my wife to cancer seven years ago, & having no children, & very few relations looked around for something to occupy me, & at the age of 70, entered the world of games consoles, had about half-a-dozen different ones, then got an Amiga, [One Mg] just to play games.
One thing led to another, & I eventually got a lapttop, two years ago, after eighteen months, it seriously crashed, the repairer managed to wipe the hard drive, [ring any bells?] he passed it on to a second techno, who put it right, cost;- over £300............. but HE paid, not me , the code of conduct came into play, because he couldn't do the repair.
So, when I got it back, I promptly sold it for £250, & put it towards a new desktop with TFT monitor, & it's the bees knees, it's quite a modest rig, have a look, in my profile, but that's all I wanted, I just wanted to surf, & email friends & relatives here, & one in Canada, didn't want to watch DVD's, got a player for that, nor did I want to d/load music, or play games, got a Playstation 2.
When you say that yours is "only" dial-up, so's mine, at £12.99 a month subscription, & that suits me, there's no broadband in my area, & I probably wouldn't go for it, if there was,.....what's all the hurry, life's passing me by too quckly as it is!!
Just curious, how isolated are you, if you don't mind me asking, where's the nearest habitation?, I too don't mind open spaces around me, the nearest town is five miles away, I guess that's reeeeaaaal close, as far as you're concerned!.
Hiya Maurice. Re Funweb. If you right click on internet explorer icon select properties then click on delete cookies then confirm then click on delete files tick the check box which says delete all off line content and click ok. This will get rid of all cookies and temporary internet files which is where the Funweb lives. Also might i suggest that you delete the file out of your virus vault. That should get rid of it alltogether. Might I also suggest you download Mozilla Firefox which I think is a far superior browser with a lot fewer security holes than Internet Explorer also you wont get anywhere near as many pop ups tracking cookies etc. Hope you are keeping well mate Regards Howard:grinthumb
Thanks Howard, , that's very similar to advice that Ron [desertfox] gave me, & I'll try that, as to deleting from the vault, before, when I did this, it reappeared when I next ran AVG, presumably it won't, if I follow your advice first.
As to my health, I'm still waiting to hear from the hospital, I should hear something today, about my "op" date, it can't come soon enough!
Yes some similar experiences alright.
This pretty much describes my location. http://www.earthwisdom.com/california. html
Scroll down to Joshua Tree National Park and click on the third
picture. That is nearly what it is like here. I am on the other side
of Joshua Tree from the park. I drive 7 or 8 miles out on paved road
and then 3 miles of dirt road which dead ends about 1/4 mile past my
place. There are 2 cabins up there which are only used on some week
ends. The only other near cabin is about slingshot distance and
it is almost never used. If a car goes by more than twice in a day it
is a rarity. Many days there will not be even one.
I drive about 18 miles one way to the supermarket. I like it fine.
Wow, Ron, that's a GREAT site!, the general image when someone says "desert" is of the Sahara, [which, as you probably know, means desert], but "your" desert is so diverse, such beautiful areas, plus rugged coastlines!, That was a surprise, shows how much, or how little I know about deserts!!, but I have heard of Joshua tree.
Little hut? yeah, sure, some "hut" I'll bet!!, thanks for your area info, now I can bring it to mind, when you "post"
OK, Ron, I'll go back to that site, & have a closer look, now you've narrowed it down.
As we are exchanging info about our areas, I thought you might like to visit;- http//www.iwight.gov.uk, have a good trawl round the site, I live in a small village, Rookley, about 10 miles from the southern tip, I think you can find it on the site, with some views.
The island is only about 18 miles by 26, but is steeped in history, Queen Victoria lived here, King Charles 1st was imprisoned in Carisbrooke Castle, prior to his execution, [my late wife & I once lived two miles from the castle], & today, Antony Minghella, the film director of several blockbusters, lives here, although he's not in residence much, spending a lot of his time round the world, making more films, of course.
I wasn't born here, but my great grandparents had farms on the island, I was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, & moved here in 1969 with my then job
Ishan't move from here now,....grown too used to the place!
Thanks Ron, yes, it is very pretty, glad you used the site to have a look around. I grew up as a city boy in Portsmouth, but I did live in the country for four years during the second world war, at Huntingdon, with my mother & grandmother, my father sent us there, to escape the blitz in Portsmouth, so living on the island, is a little like going back to my youth, it's 90% countryside here.
There is an Isle of Wight county in the U.S of A, in the mid-west, I think, settled there by people from here, around the turn of the century.
Surely this conversation has left the realm of the trojan worm reported in the first posts. Feel free to start a thread in the meeting spot to continue the landscape side of the discussion or use the PM system.
Yes Didou I`m sure you`re correct but hey I don`t think it`s that much of a problem after all Techspot is all about helping one another and making friends is it not?. If people don`t wish to subscribe to this thread then no one is forcing them to. Lighten up dude lifes to short. All the best mate regards Howard:grinthumb