Always state your IE version and full Windows version (e.g., WinXP SP3;
Vista SP2) when posting to this newsgroup.
If you closed that window/pop-up other than via ending the Process via Task
Manager, your computer has been infected with hijackware.
There is a very good chance that you are seeing the effects of a hijackware
NB: If you had no anti-virus application installed or the subscription had
expired *when the machine first got infected* and/or your subscription has
since expired and/or the machine's not been kept fully-patched at Windows
Update, don't waste your time with any of the below: Format & reinstall
Windows. A Repair Install will NOT help!
1. See if you can download/run the MSRT manually:
NB: Run the FULL scan, not the QUICK scan! You may need to download the
MSRT on a non-infected machine, then transfer MRT.EXE to the infected
machine and rename it to SCAN.EXE before running it.
2. [WinXP ONLY!! =>] Run the Windows Live Safety Center's 'Protection' scan
(only!) in Safe Mode with Networking, if need be:
3. Run a /thorough/ check for hijackware, including posting the requested
logs in an appropriate forum, not here.
Checking for/Help with Hijackware
**Seek expert assistance in
or other appropriate forums.**
If these procedures look too complex - and there is no shame in admitting
this isn't your cup of tea - take the machine to a local, reputable and
independent (i.e., not BigBoxStoreUSA) computer repair shop.
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience - since 2002
Dan Cotton wrote:
> I hope someone can help me. Every so often i get this message.
> Due to insecure Internet browsing your PC can easily get infected with
> viruses, worms and trojans without your knowledge, and that can lead to
> system slowdown, freezes and crashes. Also insecure Internet activity can
> result in revealing your personal information. To get full advanced
> real-time protection for PC and Internet activity, activate WinPC
> We recommend you to protect your PC now and continue safe Internet
> Click here to get full advanced real-time protection and continue
> Continue to this website unprotected (not recommended).
> There is nothing wrong with the web sites I visit. ESPN being one of them.
> When I click on the other one I an asked to pay for PC Defender. Is there
> anything that can be done? Any help would be great.
> Thanks, Dan