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NOTE: THIS IS A SECOND WINDOWS ME PROBLEM IN REFERENCE TO MY FIRST PROBLEM. PLEASE SEE THE POST ON WINDOW ME FREEZE FIRST.



Ok, here's my second problem. Another HP, again shipped with ME, has shown up. This one had a similar problem as the first. First of all, it was infected with these 2 viruses:

w32.FunnyFiles.Worm
w32.Annoying.Worm

I installed Norton Ant-Virus 2002, updated, and then quarantined the infected files. All of them were the virus files themselves so no system files were infected. I followed symantec's removal instructions for the viruses. They should be no problem. This IS the problem:


Everytime you click on Internet Explorer, it takes it 5-10 minutes to load. Sometimes it will eventually load just fine, others it will just be "not responding" (ctrl+alt+del) or just produce a window with no contents. Is this another on going ME problem? is there a patch? update? Should I install another OS? or just reinstall IE?
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Same basic drill for reviewing individual startups, you'll find a few similarities to the other machine:

http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_pages/startup_full.htm

Except this one also has "foist" and "spyware"

Newdotnet

Webhancer

Both of these should be unchecked then removed through Add/Remove programs. Reboot afterwards. And since their presence indicates that they probably came bundled in applications that place other hidden spyware, I would highly recommend installing and running Ad-Aware

http://www.lavasoftusa.net/

Download it and the most current signature file (refllist.zip). Once it is installed, unzip and copy the current signature list to the Ad-Aware folder to overwrite the old one.

Scan all drives on which you have installed programs, memory and deep registry scan. Check all files and entries to be removed, then click "make backup" and Finish. Reboot after removal and do a second scan to ensure completeness.
 
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