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Ok, I'll try to make this short, I finally broke down and upgraded my home pc and got a cable modem so I can surf at home.. Within ten minutes of setting it all up and visiting FSB, it started trying to take me to porn sites. Even if I shut down and restarted it, it would go to porn sites straight after the system loaded... When I unplugged the modem to stop it, my internet explorer icon disappeared and appears to have been deleted??? WTF did I do wrong?? Should I set up my own firewall before reinstalling the modem?? If so whats a good one?? And which virus software should I run?? Any decent cheap one around??? The provider is no help at all...Thanks--Fog

P.s.--Windows nt on 800mghz pentium if that helps
 

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Run a program called adaware you can get it on CNET.com..You probably have Temp files in your "windows" folder there could also be the exe file in there that is running it.After that I would run another program called regedit.This program shows you a list of all the programs on your pc and gives you the ability to delete them that are no longer used.Proceed at your own risk what works for me might not work for you..Good Luck.... :banghead
 

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Nah wilbur, no offense, but- I'm so used to work surfing, I stay away from your posts out of habit.....Fog
 

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Get a home networking router and use a virus scanner. A firewall won't stop YOU from downloading a virus or spyware that highjacks your browser. Trend Micro has a free online scanner if you don't want to pay for antivirus software. I like it because it is less running on the pc. You just have to remember to scan the pc.

For the low buck models (under $200) it is pretty much a toss up. DLink, Linksys, Netgear which ever one you like. Some friends I know have had good luck lately with the DLINK routers with built in wireless. If you don't use wireless just disable the feaure so you have it later on when you do get a wireless card or laptop equiped with a built in.

A set up are Cisco and Sonic Wall. Those will cost a bit more and you need to know how to configure one. I have a Sonic wall left over from a client that couldn't pay and it works great because I have it setup for a VPN, Firewall and Trend Micro has an antivirus product that runs on the box instead of my pc's. It is pretty slick. Those your are looking at $400 and up.
 

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Foghorn said:
Ok, I'll try to make this short, I finally broke down and upgraded my home pc and got a cable modem so I can surf at home.. Within ten minutes of setting it all up and visiting FSB, it started trying to take me to porn sites. Even if I shut down and restarted it, it would go to porn sites straight after the system loaded... When I unplugged the modem to stop it, my internet explorer icon disappeared and appears to have been deleted??? WTF did I do wrong?? Should I set up my own firewall before reinstalling the modem?? If so whats a good one?? And which virus software should I run?? Any decent cheap one around??? The provider is no help at all...Thanks--Fog

P.s.--Windows nt on 800mghz pentium if that helps

Even better than relying on the software based firewall in windows - go get router (linksys, D-link, etc) and install it in between your cable modem and your computer. This will keep anybody outside from even seeing your computer, and you can add to it later if you want to have a network in your house (geeks-r-us here in my household).

You should run ad-aware and spybot on a regular basis and keep a good virus scan program like norton running. I use Norton systemworks because it has other tools to help clean out all the crap that builds up while surfing.

Is anybody else using your computer? My kids were using one of mine and they made the mistake of clicking on some pop-up ads and that loaded all sorts of crap.

Hope that helps some.

Jeff
 

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Go get the software Black Ice...it's a firewall that you can setup to stop everything from getting to your machine. The Router route is nice, but it really isn't stopping anything it's just converting your public IP address to a private one, so therefore most people only see your router...not your PC...but a hacker can easily get around it. Once you install Black Ice on your machine, you will see (creepily I must admit) how many people are scanning your machine for open ports, and then you can shut them down, to stop it from happening.

Another thing you can do is set your security level in IE from medium to high, or disable cookies altogether. This is how most of those pop-up ads make it to your machine anyway.

And also use Ad-Aware...it will clean off all the unnecessary pop-up junk.
 
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