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I finally figured out how to get the group policy settings to release windows firewall. I just deleted the group policy setting for the firewall and restarted the computer!

The windows firewall box is now active and I can adjust the settings as needed to allow programs to run. :tazz:

Everything seems to be working ok.
None of the malware checkers are finding anything. Norton/Panda/housecall say I'm clean. :tazz:

My computer seems to be running great. Windows start up quickly. Programs that I have tried load quickly. etc etc ;)

Thatman ;)

I don't know how to thank you. If you ever need help with research or whatever I could possibly help with, let me know. I owe you BIG! and thank you too Geekstogo!! I can't thank you enough for being there when I needed you!

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Hi southwestcharm

Congratulations! Your system is CLEAN ;)

Microsoft® Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) 2000 and XP ONLY.
Please download SpyBot V1.4 http://www.majorgeek...wnload2471.html
Spybot Tutorial
Disable Spybot Tutorial

Winpatrol Free

Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition Free
AdAware Tutorial

Turn of system restore
Disabling or enabling Windows XP System Restore
WIndows ME
Defrag your hard drive. Turn system restore back on and create a new restore point.

Tony Klien: So how did I get infected in the first place

How do you prevent spyware from being installed again? We strongly recommend installing SpywareBlaster (it's free for personal use). Click Here
Prevent the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted pests.
Block spyware/tracking cookies in Internet Explorer and Mozilla/Firefox.
Restrict the actions of potentially dangerous sites in Internet Explorer.
Consumes no system resources.

Download, run, check for updates, download updates, select all, protect against checked. All done. Check for updates every couple of weeks. If you have any errors running the program like a missing file see the link at the bottom of the javacool page.

It's also very important to keep your system up to date to avoid unnecessary security risks. Click Here to make sure that you have the latest patches for Windows.

These next two steps are optional, but will provide the greatest protection.
1. Use ANY browser besides Internet Explorer, almost every exploit is crafted to take advantage of an IE weakness. We usually recommend FireFox.
2. Install Sun's Java. It's much more secure than Microsoft's Java Virtual Machine .
You can download Sun's newer JVM for Windows at http://java.sun.com/getjava/index.html.
http://www.java.com/...load/manual.jsp Windows (Offline Installation)

After doing all these, your system will be thoroughly protected from future threats.

Have a nice Day. and thank you. ;)

Kc :tazz:
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