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Re: NON - MG Computer Problem

To: Zach Dorsch <>
Subject: Re: NON - MG Computer Problem
From: Simon Matthews <>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 14:00:28 -0700

This sounds like some kind of spyware has infested your computer,
although it could also be a virus.

I suggest that you download and run AdAware:

AND Spybot Search and Destroy:

AND (if you are running Windows 2000 or XP), Microsoft's anti-spyware:

Watch out, because there are a lot of FAKE anti-spyware products out
there. The three I have listed above appear to be trustworthy.

You might also need to run an anti-virus scan. Avast offers a
free-for-personal-use virus scanner.

Oh, and you may not be up to date with all the security patches from
Microsoft. I suggest that you being your system up to date immediately
after using the above tools.


On 6/17/05, Zach Dorsch <> wrote:
> Hi List,
> I have noticed that a number of you deal with computers at a professional 
>level (something that I am definitely not!).  I would normally go to my 
>university ITS but they don't open until Monday.
> My computer decided to go crazy today for lack of better terms.  Basically I 
>was on the internet searching the usual sites that I check every morning 
>during breakfast and all of sudden the computer just slowed down.  I next got 
>a pop up error message informing me that my firewall had been shut down and 
>automatic updates are also not activated.  Every time I try to activate these 
>two I get an error message which will not allow me to activate them.  I have 
>checked the 'Windows Task Manager' frequently because the computer has been 
>chugging along even though CPU usage 0% or 100%.  Then everything is fine 
>until I try to start opening programs and sometimes it will take forever and 
>other times not (especially when going to the Windows download page--when it 
>does finally connect I get another error message).
> Does this sound like a virus or has something managed to get shut down and 
>thus effected the rest of the computer?

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