Trouble Finding Correct Web Page

I am looking for help for my computer. I am the only one who uses it. Two things are happening: when I do either a search engine search or an address bar entry, the resulting page is a porn site. I tried to type in my state official license site for my teaching degree and I get porn. When I try and close it, more pages come up. My security and filtering is set on high. I have no idea how to fix this. Help! I'm sick of porn! My computer also is running so slow and it's less than a year old. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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October 30, 20070 found this helpful

Are you running an anti-spyware program?

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October 30, 20070 found this helpful

Sounds like you may have a virus. Try Trend Micro HouseCall for a free online virus scan.

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October 30, 20070 found this helpful

Sorry. You have a virus. I would do a websearch for this virus and try to get rid of it. I think I had this one myself once. I was able to get rid of it. It was a hi-jack virus and I found it in the start-up menu and was able to get rid of it by deleting it. There are some excellant virus protecters that are free and can be downloaded. I highly recommend them. Good luck.

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October 30, 20070 found this helpful

If you have a Windows XP you should have a pop-up blocker found in Tools.

Once your pop-up blocker is turned on you shouldn't have any more problems with porn sites.

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October 30, 20070 found this helpful

sounds like you have a virus.maybe you should format your hard drive and reinstall your operating system and all programs.

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October 30, 20070 found this helpful

It sounds like a virus or maybe spyware try PCpitstop?

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November 1, 20070 found this helpful

You have a virus. I am not sure what one but someone somewhere, most likely unknowingly sent it to you. Sorry. I will get with my Brother he is a puter tech and see what he says. Mary

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November 1, 20070 found this helpful

We recently had a problem like this. My husband works in computers and found that we had ad-ware (like spyware.) He ran the anti-adware program and got rid of the horrible stuff.

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November 1, 20070 found this helpful

XoftSpy is a great spyware program. If you go to their site, they'll do a free scan and show you how much they have found. Then you can buy the software for a year and remove the problems. If you prefer a free program, do a search for free spyware programs. My Dad is a computer guru. He reccomends all users run 2-3 adware programs, since all are not the same! Good luck, I imagine you must be really frustrated!

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November 2, 20070 found this helpful

Have you opened a website called "We Are Family"? It is a porn site that is aimed at kids. My 11 year-old granddaughter did and her browser was filled with porn. Nothing seemed to stop it, except erasing her browser every day and keep an eagle on the websites she was using. It took 2 months, but we no longer have the problem. Good luck.

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November 2, 20070 found this helpful

avast has a free program, it keeps my computer clean and it runs all the time. The web address to download is:

http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html

It alerts you about suspicious sites as well. Finds spyware and viruses.

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November 4, 20070 found this helpful

(formally of the Geek Squad)

First off - you get porn pop-ups from going to porn sites (whether on purpose or not). What happens is when you visit these sites, they install spy ware on your computer (unknowing to you). That spy ware is then a vessel for Trojans and viruses to come through. (Parents/Wives, if you have porn on your computer, monitor your husband and/or children)!

Find someone that knows how to clean computers. Sometimes you have to boot up in safe mode to clean them. You will have to use several programs to clean it (spybot, adware, etc). If the computer is really infected, you may have to reformat your computer. If that is the case, save your pictures and documents on a CD so you don't loose them.

I would highly suggest taking it to a computer store (Geek Squad in Best Buy or a local computer repair shop) and have them clean it out for you. It is a very long and hard task to do. It would take us 3 days or more to clean out a computer!

***TIP: If your computer used to run fast, and now is very slow, you most likely have SPYWARE on your computer!

DO NOT install just anything to try to get rid of spy ware and viruses! Some programs are vessels for more spy ware to install on your computer! Use only trusted programs!

More computer hints: If using a public computer (such as in the library or maybe a friends), or if your computer has spy ware, viruses, or Trojans, keep this in mind. There are small programs people have made and can install on the computer that tracks all of your keystrokes. That means when you type in your bank user name and password, the computer has a small program running that copies your keystrokes and records them to a small file. The file can be sent via email to someone and now some thief has your personal information.

Don't sit back and say, "My computer doesn't have spy ware or viruses on it". I'm willing to bet almost all of you have some on your computer and you don't even know it. How does it get there? Children downloading games from sites, clicking on links in emails or on websites, etc. (Type in the keyword "how does spyware get installed on a computer" into any search engine - such as Yahoo - and you can find out a lot more information on spy ware) Here's a good one: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/documents/battling_spyware_1.pdf

I'm not trying to scare anyone, just trying to educate. If you keep your computer clean, you don't have to worry (as much) about bad things happening to you online. Take a computer class to get informed, ask friends, ask children/teens, talk to someone about computers and they will give you advice. Educate yourself so you are not scared to do things online. Online banking is fun and easy! But you need to make sure your computer is clean to do so.

Here are a few things to do to keep your computer safe:

*Buy an anti virus program and keep it up to date! Also schedule it to run once a day (or once a week - depending on computer usage)

*Buy a spy ware program and keep it up to date! Scan computer once a day for spy ware (or weekly). The best one to have is the kind that warns you of spy ware BEFORE it gets installed on your PC. Webroot has a good program. Check around, there are others.

*Educate yourself and your children on internet safety.

*ALWAYS use Windows updates. Run it once a day (or set it up to automatically run and install updates). Microsoft puts out updates for your computer when they find a "flaw"and it needs fixed. Maybe someone found a way to get into your computer through Microsoft Word (this did happen by the way). Microsoft issues a Windows update and fixes that flaw"

Of course this is only a few ways. Computers are complicated machinery. Just ask anyone that works on them. If you tell them of a problem, there could be 10 things wrong and there is no way of figuring it exactly out, unless you get on the computer and troubleshoot. (Try this: Tell your local IT guy or computer guru that your computer reboots on it's own. He/She will ask you other questions to try to figure out if it's hardware or software related). Many people who work on PCs have done so for years and have learned how to fix things, or they are people who went to college and have a 2 year or 4 year education and then have certifications and actual job experience too. (I have an associates in Computer Networking from ITT Tech, used to work at Geek Squad, and now work the computer help desk at FedEx)

I hope I have helped someone out!

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