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Finding malware that directs user to porn

I am having trouble eradicating a program that has established itself in my PC and logs the PC onto a porn Web site. I have searched *.exe but have not found a suspect file. I have it blocked from logging on using the Win98 permission window. Is there a way of finding this intrusive and detested program? Is there software that would be useful?


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First of all, it sounds like some program has changed your default start page in your browser. You'll need to fix that:

In Netscape, go to Edit / Preferences / and update the Home Page to one that you prefer.

In Internet Explorer, you use Tools / Internet options and then update the Home Page to one that you prefer.

To find malware, it is rarely easy to do using a process of searching for a suspicious looking EXE. You should download and run an antivirus program, such as F-Prot (free for home use) as well as a Trojan detector such as Moosoft's The Cleaner. These will be better tools for finding the critter that is causing you grief.


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This was first published in March 2002

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