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    error place (xp Home)

    Recently on my home machine I have started getting this error place search window that pops up when I try to access certain pages. It so bad at times that it actually prevents me from accessing some sites.
    Can anyone tell what this is and how to prevent it from popping up/getting rid of it. I have a feeling it is malware of some sort.
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    Re: error place (xp Home)

    Phil

    You say so little about how the problem manifests itself that it would be impossible to guess! Try downloading, installing, updating and running some of the anti-spyware tools in Doc Watson's star <post#=385669>post 385669</post#>.

    If you gave lots of factual information (error messages, window headings, etc) this would help. Have you a software firewall? Up-to-date antivirus?

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    Re: error place (xp Home)

    John

    I did say that when I try access certain pages it manifests itself. There are no error messages you just get a window that looks like a search window but has lots of ads on it.

    I run McAffee antivirius and firewall which are kept up to date. I have run Spybot and spysweeper runs all the time in background. When I left for work this morning, 6:00am, I left Registry Mechanic running so do not know what that will pick up.

    Thank you for pointing me to Doc Watsons article it is very informative. I have downloaded a copy of Hijack This and will load and run that when I get home.

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    Re: error place (xp Home)

    Hi Phil,

    I'm glad you found my post informative. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> On first glance, I'd suggest you try Adaware se and Spybot S&D before going to HijackThis. HijackThis is a very sophisticated program that identifies many possible problem programs and processes running on your system. If you don't know exactly what you are doing, you can make a doorstop out of your PC in a matter of one mouse click by removing the wrong thing. The other two programs provide a safety net in the form of a quarantine folder that retains the deleted files. If there is a problem, you can restore them. After you have installed and run Adaware and Spybot, and allowed them to cleanup what they find, I'd strongly recommend that you install SpywareBlaster to help keep this stuff off your system. I should also mention that you need to update all these programs regularly and always right before you run a scan. I know this all sounds tedious and time consuming, but it's not half as bad as spending an entire day cleaning out the spyware once it has gotten in and established itself. What you have running on your system now is almost unquestionably some form of adware that you don't want and you find it annoying. Think how "annoying" it would be if your PC operated at a crawl and you couldn't get it to perform basic functions. That's what this stuff does.

    OK, that's my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>. HTH. Post back and let us know how you make out.

    Edited by Doc Watson sometime later to add I just came across this article on HijackThis. Thought you might find the info useful.
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