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    Star Lounger
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    Is this a Trojan program?

    I am running Windows 2000 Pro. A few weeks back, we began having a problem with a popup box containing the following message:

    "Windows Security Center
    WARNING: Windows Firewall detected suspicious network activity on
    your computer. Malicious software codes try to steal your privacy
    information, such as credit card numbers, electronic mail accounts,
    financial data or passwords.

    Do you want to learn how to protect your computer? "

    At that time, I was not running a firewall. I have since installed Zone Alarm AV and Firewall. For a time after that installation, the box did not come up. Its back now. It pops up about once an hour. I checked to see if Win 2000 had some firewall I did not know about. Nothing shows up in Control Panel. I am at a loss. This seems to me very much like a Trojan so I have not been clicking Yes. Have always said NO.

    I guess my questions are:

    1) Does Win 200 Pro have a real firewall that could be causing this problem?
    2) If it does, how do I turn it off?
    3) If it doesnt, what program is causing this?

    I know Zone Alarm isnt the problem because it started before I ever got ZA.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Larry P

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    Re: Is this a Trojan program?

    It sounds like Adware or Spyware. Are you running any Detection & Removal Tools??
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    Re: Is this a Trojan program?

    I am running CounterSpy in Active mode. That is the one that has been top rated for the past year or so by Brian Livingston. Brian includes a list of recommended security enhancements twice a month in the Windows Secrets newsletter. That is the newsletter that took over for Woody a couple of years ago.

    I kinda doubt CounterSpy is the cause of the box. If it was, they would clearly label it as their box. This looks to me like someone has gone to some trouble to make it look like an "official" windows box.

    Larry P

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    Re: Is this a Trojan program?

    The Windows firewall only came in with XP. I'd follow Doc's suggestions, because, however wonderful one piece of antispyware might be, it might miss the particular one that could be on your box. Beware, however, that Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta should not be installed with Counterspy, because they are significantly similar, and can clash unhappily. Ad-Aware and Spybot should be fine. If you want to spend (more) money, Spyware Doctor is well reviewed... Maybe have a look at this from the Spyware Warrior website.

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    Re: Is this a Trojan program?

    As John says, one Antispyware/Adware program is not enough. Take a look here and see if there are any solutions that fit your situation and level of expertise. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Is this a Trojan program?

    Is it also possible that, rather than spyware per se, this could be one of those network broadcast messages that everyone talked about some time ago? It's here in The Lounge somewhere but I haven't searched yet for an example. I also don't remember if it was unique to WinXP or is such a thing also possible in W2K?

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    Re: Is this a Trojan program?

    Do you mean the old messenger pop-up - as in <post#=190,959>post 190,959</post: >?

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    Re: Is this a Trojan program?

    Yessir, Leif, that's the one! I had forgotten the word "messenger" and was searching around for words like broadcast, network, message, etc. and not getting anywhere. Thanks!

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