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Something has gone horribly wrong with internet explorer here at work. Right after I restarted the computers at shift change I got a number of malware warnings and, as a precaution, manually ran the spyware program. Then I restarted the computer and ran the anti-spyware again. Now everything seems to be working fine until I try to log in; then half my regular sites crash IE. Dreamwidth and LiveJournal are running okay so far, but I can't access my Verizon or Hotmail e-mail accounts, Facebook, MySpace, or Deviant Art, among others.

This should crosspost automatically to Facebook; we'll see.

Maybe this is a sign that I should be working on my fiction writing more, and cyber-socializing less ...

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3goodtimes
Sep. 3rd, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
Wow, how bizarre.

I recently bought a program from this site:

http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

It worked wonders for me.

You might also try downloading Firefox to see if it's an issue with Internet Explorer exclusively, but honestly, it seems like we'd hear about it around here if other people were having similar problems. Sounds virus-y to me.

Your luck just gets better and better! :(
ozma914
Sep. 3rd, 2009 10:35 am (UTC)
I'd love to have Firefox, and an extra malware program -- but only the administrator can download new programs. I'll try to talk him into it, because I really hate IE!
protagainst
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:07 am (UTC)
Internet Explorer is used by more than 50% people all over the world. Therefore, viruses are mainly created to attack IE. And they do attack!

I would recommend you to change web-browser, try Firefox (the most protected), Google Chrome (the fastest), Opera (the most user-friendly).

I left Windows for good and installed Linux Kubuntu on my laptop. That operating system takes only 4,3 Gb on hard drive and has absolute ignorance to all kinds of viruses. It's almost year I have no problems at all.
ozma914
Sep. 3rd, 2009 10:38 am (UTC)
I hate, hate IE, but that's all we have at work and only an administrator can download new programs. I like both Sarari and Firefox about equally. As for operating systems ... well, see icon. I use Windows only because they make me. Macs are almost as good as Linux in their invulnerability to viruses -- so far -- and in all other ways SO much better than Windows.
etherealxmuse
Sep. 3rd, 2009 10:42 am (UTC)
...but, you're at work.

Maybe it's not a sign to cyber-socialize less. Maybe it's a sign to do your job. ;)

I wish I had a computer at work....
ozma914
Sep. 4th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
Good point! Of course, the company wouldn't provide us with computers or internet access if they weren't part of our jobs.

But see, that's the thing with the emergency services: it's all hurry up and wait. Once the routine chores are taken care of, we don't have much of anything to do unless a call comes in. This weekend I'll make up for it -- it's a full moon and a holiday weekend and we don't get extra help, so it'll be balls to the walls all weekend, with each of us doing the job of three dispatchers for the whole shift. It's feast or famine, in this career.
cbtreks
Sep. 3rd, 2009 11:14 am (UTC)
That is, indeed, sucky. People who invent and plant viruses should be permanently banned from all computer access for life.
ozma914
Sep. 4th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
You're much too kind. My plan involves stakes, honey, and an ant hill.
cbtreks
Sep. 4th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
You know, if you and my husband ever got to rule the world together it would be downright scary. *g* (I'm sure R. Lee Ermey would approve of your plan!)
ozma914
Sep. 5th, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)
Don't worry, we'll only scare the people who deserve it! (I'm watching R. Lee right now.)
curiouswombat
Sep. 3rd, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
Bother! But if there is a virus on the work system it's going to need sorting quickly, isn't it? This being work...
ozma914
Sep. 4th, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)
Whatever it is (Emily thinks it's a keystroke recorder), it seems to be limited to Internet Explorer. There are some websites I use as part of work, but mostly we utilize individual programs that don't go through I.E. The virus scan has detected the virus, but IE still crashes whenever I put in passwords; but I've been able to install Firefox, so we'll see how it goes.

"Luckily", a full moon holiday weekend is coming up, so it's safe to say I'll be too busy to play online, anyway!
kevenn
Sep. 3rd, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
This is why I own a Mac. :(
ozma914
Sep. 4th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
Exactly my feeling! I've been begging them to get Macs for years, but there's a lot of computer equipment here and we're a government agency, so they always go with the low bidder - no matter how much that might cost in the long run.
empresspatti
Sep. 3rd, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
Mr W spent all day yesterday at CNN dealing with a virus brought in via Facebook. Could be the source of your problem
ozma914
Sep. 4th, 2009 04:48 am (UTC)
I've been running it through my memory, and I believe Facebook is exactly where I got the virus from. The strange thing is that many of the dispatchers use Facebook during down time, yet I seem to be the only one infected.
elizalavelle
Sep. 3rd, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
That sucks :(

Can you use another web browser at work? Firefox perhaps?
ozma914
Sep. 4th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)
I didn't think I could, without administrator privileges ... but I just tried, and other than not being able to load plug ins it installed just fine. That should make me a bit safer from malware ...
athenamuze
Sep. 4th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
Chrome! Its awesome. I love love love it! the only drawback is some stuff doesn't support it yet, but that's changing rapidly.
ozma914
Sep. 4th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
I don't have experience with Chrome, but I've heard good things about it. I was using Safari at home, but Emily convinced me to try Firefox and I have no complaints about it so far.

I remember when it was either I.E. or Netscape! Just after buying my first Mac, I got a book on how to use Netscape that was as thick as two Harry Potter books. Things sure have changed!
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