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A few months ago I was visiting some un-adviseable sites and I got a virus that caused some problems with my computer. I came to this forum and got some great help in getting back up and online. Since that time my windows firewall has been blocked. I believe this is a result of the virus and not the help I received. If I try to access the Windows Firewall I get the error message "Due to an unidentified problem, Windows cannot display Windows Firewall settings. It seems like there is a program running in the background that checks firewall settings and disables them to allow outside access. In the Windows security window it shows that firewall is turnd off and I cannot enable it. I have been successful in getting the firewall up but it is disabled again after one minute. Oh, and by the way. After I messed up my home computer I wanted to see what site I got the virus from and, well you guessed it. My laptop has the same problem. I have also noticed that now if I use IE the connection is extremely slow, if I use America Online connection speed and downloads are faster. Any corelation? Thanks in advance for all your time and effort, Ken
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Working on a clean system is essential

Please follow the procedures outlined here: Malware Removal Guide

You will need a PC which can connect to the internet

Run all the programmes as advised then post a current Hijack This Log in a new topic in the Malware Forum

For the purpose of accurate malware analysis, Hijack This Logs are only dealt with in the Malware Forum. Posting them anywhere else will result in a delayed response

If you are unable to run any of the programmes, please ask for advice in the Malware Forum

Download and install Zone Alarm, which blocks incoming and outgoing data


This will tell you if a site is unsuitable, if a site is on their blacklist it will block access to it

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