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    most maddening computer problem ever

    :soapbox:Yesterday, despite my several layers of protection, I got some kind of intrusive (fake?) security warning. It is a blatant attempt to sell me more virus protection programs. Screens pop up constantly, there is a new 'Security Toolbar 7.1' . I used normal uninstall to try to get rid of it but that didn't work. The more I click trying to find an uninstall, the more screens and messages that open. I don't know if this is really from Microsoft or a fake. But, right now, it looks like a complete format is going to be necessary to eliminate it. To describe my mood at the moment would get me banned from FW because of inappropritate language. I'm unhappy. :soapbox:
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    Ain't Windoze Grand!

    I had one of those, and it was a real pain to get rid of, turns out it was a security flaw on M$ part, I figured out the fix, but now without the help of some great people on some online computer anti-virus kind of sites.

    Good luck, you will need it!
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    Frank

    Before you do a format, try downloading AVG anti-virus and/or Lavasoft Ad-Aware which are both pretty good, free to try and safe (I use both and have for years).

    AVG - http://free.grisoft.com/

    Ad-Aware - http://www.lavasoftusa.com/

    Good Luck

    I would also do a quick google on "Security Toolbar 7.1" - lots of information out there.

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    Frank,
    I JUST got through fixing DrLOML's laptop...2 days of screaming at the dumb thing. Anyway...I followed these steps and bingo...bango...it's all good.
    http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic58138.html

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    That just happened to my friends computer yersterday. The pop up screens were so bad that we could not get to anything to attempt a fix. Finally had to do the F10 thing and restore the whole system. I am so glad that I do not have to deal with sort of thing anymore. Good Luck Frank! Allen

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    Frank,
    I really feel for you at the moment. We've been fighting/fixing all sorts of issues with our computers and other hardware the past few weeks. I find the hardware is easy - if I can see it I can fix it. This software stuff though - I have almost resorted to 12GA. rev 1.01 a few times.

    Good luck, I wish I could do more for you other than commiserate.

    Wes

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    Buy a Mac..............
    Thanks, Mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Barley View Post
    Frank

    Before you do a format, try downloading AVG anti-virus and/or Lavasoft Ad-Aware which are both pretty good, free to try and safe (I use both and have for years).

    AVG - http://free.grisoft.com/

    Ad-Aware - http://www.lavasoftusa.com/

    Good Luck

    I would also do a quick google on "Security Toolbar 7.1" - lots of information out there.
    I have AVG, that and Spyware Search and Destroy are some of the layers of protection it got by.
    "Folks is funny critters."

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    Do you really want to reformat your HD right away???? Sounds like a pretty drastic thing to do before you try other procedures....

    Not that "PC"...

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    Frank, run some spyware first.
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