stupid "system alert" popup on tool bar

Discussion in 'malware problems & news' started by raycanderson, Jan 26, 2008.

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  1. raycanderson

    raycanderson Registered Member

    Jan 26, 2008
    I run xp with all the Norton Antivirus and just today downloaded spy ware blaster. Within the past few days, somehow a little flashing shield icon with a red X in the center ended up on my tool bar. Since then I am getting lots of spam and porn e mails wanting me to open. (I'm smarter then that) I have tried everything I know to eliminate it. If I click on it, it opens a web page that has no exit and I have to go back to "home" just to cover the blasted thing up. But the icon keeps flashing and about every three to five minutes it pops a small yellow warning on the lower left side of my screen. I have to X it out or wait about thirty seconds before it disappears off my screen. When it pops up, sometimes it will freeze up the work I am doing. I am not a computer whiz so find it difficult to know what to do. In fact I pride myself in the fact that I can even send an e mail. Any takers? ,,,,,pleaseeeeeese.
  2. Chato

    Chato Registered Member

    Oct 21, 2007
    Enschede, The Netherlands
    This is adware/rogueware.

    Go to Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel and look for something that is unknown (unknown toolbar ? ).
    If you cannot find anything suspicious, try Ad-Aware.
    Download, install, update and run Ad-Aware:

    Also I have good experiences with the Rogue-Remover if Ad-Aware fails.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2008
  3. Xenophobe

    Xenophobe Registered Member

    May 26, 2007
    I say he would try Rogue Remover first, since it's specifically made for his problem.
  4. acr1965

    acr1965 Registered Member

    Oct 12, 2006
    You may be able to find out more if you open IE and go to Tools--> Manage add-ons---> enable or diable add-ons. See if anything is there which looks fishy.
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