Unwanted downloads?

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    Sorry, I know very little about softwear and computers, but I have a problem. Browsing around the web, I occasionally enter a site that immediately starts downloading things. This produces such annoying things as new icons on my desktop, and it reprograms explorer to open on a new page. The new icons don't go away when I try to throw them in the recycling bin. They just come back when I reboot. Same with the foreign homepage. This has happened three times.

    Can anyone tell me how to avoid this, and better, how to correct it when it happens?

    thanks,
    Bry
     
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    You may want to look at your security settings in your browser as well. Are you using IE?

    No file should ever be downloaded to your machine automatically, you should always get prompted.

    DK is absolutely right though, download and run AdAware - awesome program.

    http://www.lavasoftusa.com
     
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    thanks for the help guys. Jim, yes, I'm using IE. I'm not sure how my security settings should be. any tips?

    Thanks,
    Bry
     
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    For starters, check out this link, nice little online utility for testing your browsers security. It will offer fixes for any problems it finds.

    http://bcheck.scanit.be/bcheck
     
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    Jim... I ran your program and came up with this:

    can you translate? LOL
     
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    I believe had you scrolled down it would have detailed what each result was and reccomend a fix for each. Do you still have the page open so you can scroll down? If not, try running it again!
     
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    Another suggestion is to do a windows update from Microsoft's windows update site, that many times takes care of some of the security holes.
     
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    I did scroll down and see the Windows Update recommendation. So, I clicked on it and did an update.

    I just re-did it after the update, and now its 5, 2 & 2. I give up LOL.

    I recently got an email from Paypal saying they were limiting my account activity due to suspicious activity (and a click here link to fix the problem link). I didnt click on the enclosed link because I wasnt sure exactly what I was clicking on, so I just emailed Paypal and havent received a response back yet.

    I saw this thread and figured I'd check to see how vulnerable I am. Which, apparently, is very.

    Thanks for the links though. When I have more time, I'm going to check out the one Evil posted... I clicked on it, and as most of that crap is foreign to me, I'll have to read it in better detail.

    After that email from Paypal, I keep getting flashes of those Citibank commercials with the old lady and the fat guy drinkin a beer talking in other voices about all the things they hacked into and bought under someone else's account. :D
     
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    The paypal email is definitely a scam!

    No reputable company will ever require email or web updates of personal info. Never do this except via telephone or regular mail.

    Here's another example to avoid:

    http://www.fightidentitytheft.com/paypal_scam.html
     

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