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    Loads of Explorer windows opening (Explorer 5)

    Hi,

    Somebody has download or visited a site that is causing my pc to constantly open web site selling stuff. If I power my pc up and leave it for 15 minutes I end up with 30 or more explorer pages up.

    I am running windows 98 with Explorer 5, I have Nortons 2003 security file wall and virus checker, I have cleared out all the cookies, I cannot see what is running to cause all these explorer windows to open.

    Does anybody know how I can stop this.

    Many thanks

    Mike

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    Re: Loads of Explorer windows opening (Explorer 5)

    Download, install and run Ad-Aware from LavaSoft and Spybot Search & Destroy from Patrick Kolla. they will tell you what spyware is causing this, and will help you getting rid of it.

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    Re: Loads of Explorer windows opening (Explorer 5)

    Couple ideas Mikey for loads of IE5 Windows opening--your browser's been hijacked by a bad boy or girl--equal opportunity here.

    The short answer first: Get Hijack This!
    See Lounge IE Thread: IE Opening New Windows

    That should do it but there are at least a couple other apps to run once a week--Spyware S&D and Adaware 6.0 See Below:

    Download/Run Ad Aware 6.0 and Spybot. Always check both for the latest updates--on Adaware you have to click the globe at the top for the latest reference data base.
    Spybot Tutorial-- But it's Easy to Run
    Net Integration's Hijacking Forum
    Spyware Blaster to Prempt Spyware and Hijackers
    Do You Have Parasites from Jim Eschelman's Site
    Troj_Checkin
    AdAware vs. Spybot vs. Pest Patrol

    Additional Browser Hijack Ammunition and Context:

    You can Get some context here--Trash App Exorcism is a catchy phrase--maybe from the Jerry Springer show:
    New Browser Hijacker Spyware Alert August 22, 2003

    You can choose from
    Pest Patrol
    Browser Hijack Blaster

    hth,

    SMBP

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    Re: Loads of Explorer windows opening (Explorer 5)

    This is a site that provides "catchall" info for malware, spys, hijackers, "benign" Trojans that only hijack you. Also simply cleaning Temporary Internet Files can help.

    Counterexploitation CEXX.org

    SMBP

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    Re: Loads of Explorer windows opening (Explorer 5)

    Thanks to all who sent me information, AdWare and SpyBot sorted my prblem out.

    Mike

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