Re: Security Settings/ActiveX Controls

Hi mph170 :-)

Error: Current security settings prohibit running activex controls on this
page. My original desktop will not restore; security levels in Internet
Properties will not change. Cannot open my documents, my computer, ie, etc. I
thank you in advance for your help. Using Win Me

You likely have a hijacker and/or malware on your system. In addition to updating and running your AV, download, install and run the programs below in Safe Mode with Hidden Files enabled. This will remove the nasty you have and any others it may have let in the back door. Some malware can replicate itself repeatedly if not removed properly, so even if you have run some of the programs listed here, it is important that you run them again according to the information below so that Windows is not operating to hide any files 'in use' Follow all instructions carefully:

First, Clear the TIF's and empty the recycle bin:

Also…empty your Recycle bin.

Then do the following:

WARNING>>>> Backup all documents and files before removing any spyware!!

Most importantly, download install and run CWShredder here
or here
and About Buster, which searches for hidden .dlls that recreate the malware.
Then visit these two sites to test for parasites and help basic cleaning:
On-Line Check
Quick-Fix Protocol.
Basically, throw everything here at your "infection".

Then download, install and immediately update these three programs before
AdAware SE - Update immediately after installing
AdAware Tutorial -
SpyBot S &D - Update immediately after installing
SpyBot S&D Tutorial -
Microsoft Windows Antispyware Program (Beta)

Next, do an Online scan here (if possible) -
Make sure that you choose "fix" or "clean".

Download Pocket Killbox from
and put it on the desktop where you can find it easily

Download, install, and run HiJackThis - it is one of the most important
tools to help clean your system of scumware.  Follow the instructions

How to download and install HiJackThis: (it does not need to be updated)

Please DO NOT post your log to this newsgroup. It is important that you go
to one of the HiJackThis Support Forums below:
CastleCops HiJackThis Forum
or Bleeping Computer HiJackThis Forum
to allow the program experts there to evaluate your log and advise you of any
necessary steps to clean your system.
(Note: Look for and read the "Important- Read This First" messages in the sections for HiJackThis logs so that you follow proper procedure. You will have to Register before posting on these Forums. Please follow all posting instructions carefully to avoid having your log deleted or ignored.)

Also, please post a link to the forum where you post your HJT log back to this thread so that we can follow your progress there.

CAUTION!!!!!  Before you try to remove spyware using any of the programs
below, download a copy of LSPFIX from any of the following sites:
(if your OS is Win2k or XP) The process of removing certain malware may kill
your internet connection. If this should occur, this program, LSPFIX, will
enable you to regain your connection.

You should also get a copy of WINSOCKXPFIX available at:
WinsockXP Fix- WinXP
with instructions, at
also... From LavaSoft- all versions of Windows-
(NOTE:  It is reported that in XP SP2, the command netsh winsock reset
will fix this problem without the need for these programs.)
or Winsock Fix Utility

How to Restart in Safe Mode

How to Show Hidden  Files

NOTE: If you can not download these programs from the Internet, if your PC
has CD read capabilities, go to another computer with CD-ROM burning
capabilities. Create a folder on the hard drive of the other computer called
HOLD, download the programs to that folder, then burn that folder to a CD.
Copy the HOLD folder to your HD and then install the programs from there
and run them. After you have IE access again, update all programs where
possible to get the latest definitions and run them again in Safe Mode to be
sure there are no lingering items on the system.

Hope this helps.

Jan :)
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that's why they're so contagious.

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