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having trouble with my wifes comp, and IE browser.

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May 11, 2005 10:17:16 AM

the web browser showing the pages in large fonts, which are all out of their places (websites i'm familiar with). not even if i use the (view)text size will it go down enough. the fonts on every web page visited is the same. some web pages' fonts have all of them on top of each other. the pictures are not in the right place if they show. the background color doesn't come up. somethings probably wrong in the properties of the IE (ver 6). the OS is in hebrew. but my computer has one in this version with no problems. for instance
http://www.nikonians.org/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi
comes up with a black background. it doesn't show on this computer. the picture at the top is black but all i get is a white background. it's just not reading the page settings i think.

btw, most people know this but if you type in tomshardware and use the CTRL enter buttons it will fill in the www and the .com in our computer it completes it with an .co.il
if anyone can tell me where i can change this to .com i'd extremely appreciate it.
thanks in advance.
May 11, 2005 8:27:41 PM

get firefox 1.03-free download- and use it-seriously. It is smaller, faster and more secure than IE.

Note IE 7 coming out has many changes that will give it the same funtionality as firefox-no kidding.
May 11, 2005 8:40:12 PM

yep firefox is pretty good and you can enhance with extensions
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May 11, 2005 11:34:25 PM

While you begin a new and enlightening life with Firefox (which I have been using religiously) on your wife's computer, you should also perform an antivirus scan. If your wife doesn't have a current subscription to virus definitions and program updates for the current scanner, you can download either Avast or AVG to weed out virus infections, if any. I'd recommend using Housecall from Trendmicro, but Firefox doesn't allow it. The problems you've described are way too screwy from just making a simple tweak in IE or in the Registry. This really sounds like the work of a virus or some kind of (build up of) spyware.

Scans for spyware wouldn't be a bad idea after running the virus scan, provided you DO find infected files.

In any case, once Firefox is installed, you will most likely have Internet access once again. Naturally, you'd have to use a working computer to download the setup file, then transfer it to your wife's computer.
May 12, 2005 4:03:27 AM

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I'd recommend using Housecall from Trendmicro, but Firefox doesn't allow it.

Actually, there is a Java version of Trend Micro's House Call available that works well with firefox ... I use it weekly ...

<A HREF="http://uk.trendmicro-europe.com/enterprise/products/hou..." target="_new">http://uk.trendmicro-europe.com/enterprise/products/hou...;/A>


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May 21, 2005 7:29:46 PM

holy cow ! i Dl'd the AVG AV and it found 8 corrupted files- trojans and scripts.
trojans:
collected 5.L
collected 5.BC
" AF
" 7.AF
scripts:
c:/windows/system32/tftp2572
c:/windows/system32/tftp420

this is the first time i've come across a virus and don't know a thing. I Would extremely appreciate help in knowing if the AVG AV is able to handle removal (it said it was "healed" and it shows it in the "virus vault") of these or do i need more drastic measures.i'd appreciate detailed help.
any help appreciated...
May 23, 2005 6:09:10 PM

Thanks for the tip, Jake! Should come in useful.
May 23, 2005 6:39:45 PM

Although AVG has healed the system files and quarantined the viruses, I would go ahead and delete them (from the Virus Vault). Run another scan with AVG to see if there were any infections that were missed. Also, be sure to turn off System Restore before running the scan. Here's how:

1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, select Properties
2. Click the System Restore tab
3. Click 'Turn off System Restore on all drives' and click OK, and then click Yes.

Don't forget to run scans for adware/spyware. I recommend these free ones:
<A HREF="http://www.download.com/SpywareBlaster/3000-8022_4-1039..." target="_new">Spyware Blaster</A> (shield)
<A HREF="http://www.download.com/Google-Toolbar/3000-2379_4-1039..." target="_new">Google Toolbar</A> (pop-up blocker)
<A HREF="http://www.download.com/Ad-Aware-SE-Personal-Edition/30..." target="_new">Ad-Aware SE Personal</A> (scanner)
<A HREF="http://www.download.com/Spybot-Search-Destroy/3000-8022..." target="_new">Spybot S&D</A> (scanner)
<A HREF="http://www.download.com/Microsoft-Windows-AntiSpyware/3..." target="_new">Microsoft AntiSpyware beta</A> (shield and scanner)

Be sure to download all their updates and immunize/enable all protection where possible. It also wouldn't hurt to use a firewall such as ZoneAlarm's free version. It's not too instrusive, except in the beginning when it's getting acquainted with your Internet-enabled programs.
May 24, 2005 2:37:01 AM

better open up yer task manager too and google any processes that you are not familiar with, that's a good way to catch viruses too, just make sure you are following the removal instructions for that particular file, since some propagate in multiple places.

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May 25, 2005 1:47:57 AM

Firefox is now 1.0.4!!!


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