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Ax238

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That is strange. While I have no explanation at this time, you can install a third-party firewall that may help put your mind at ease. Comodo is one free firewall that I'd recommend for helping to secure your system.

Also, I suggest you go to the Malware Forum and run all the steps located in the START HERE. These self-help tools will help you clean up 70% of problems on your own. If you are still having problems after doing the steps, then please post a HiJackThis Log in THAT forum. If you are unable to run and/or post a HJT log, then post that in your initial post in the topic you create in that forum.

If you are still having problems after being given a clean bill of health from the malware expert, then please return to THIS thread and we will pursue other options to help you solve your current problem(s).

Regards,

Ax
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I am not familiar with the wireless arrangement in your home. However, I believe that there is a central antenna which serves a number of users in the neigbourhood. I believe that on your side there is a device, a router, that receives transmission from the central antennae and pass it to your computer.

The two questions that you should ask your ISP:

1: Is there an option to create an encrypted password that will secure data traffic between the router and your computer. This will create a secure environment which other users of the antenna will find much more difficult to penetrate.

2: Does the router enables a firewall option, as most routers do. (that is in addition to the firewall in your computer).

If the answer to both questions is negative, especially for the first one, then your system is inherently vulnerable and there is not much that you can do beside what was suggested by AX238 in his last post.
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Please turn network discovery off.
You will still be able to access the Web, but the other computers should not be able to see you.
You will not be able to share a printer, or any files.

Edited by hfcg, 12 February 2008 - 05:56 AM.

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Thank you all very much! I tuned network discovery off. Ya'll have been very helpful and I appreciate it. I feel better.
Thanks again.

Deb
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Ax238

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Sounds good Deb, glad we were able to assist you.
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