Serious Problem

  ///A M G 17:18 01 Nov 2004

I have had this a few times now, and it is getting silly.

I had a virus about 3 months ago, and I was getting porn images downloaded to my computer.
Along with link to porn sites.

The virus I had was a 'Love bug'.

I am going to Format my HDD after this question has been answered.

Should I alert my ISP about this porn problem?
Or is porn legal? (not sure on this subject)

This is not child porn, which I know is illegal, just random sites and images or naked people.

Also, can anyway name a Web filter aswell, to stop this problem in the future.

  keith-236785 17:30 01 Nov 2004

adult porn is legal as long as you or anyone who can veiw it on your computer is 18 years old. Child porn is highly illegal and sick as is anyone who views it.....IMHO

i doubt your isp will not be able to take action against anyone because as far as they are concerned YOU will have been on porn sites and have picked up the virus via a link/pop up/pop under/ vb script etc......

not sure what you mean by a web filter, a good anti-virus checker and firewall should protect you from virus's/ being hacked etc but the biggest threat to your computer is have to take care about what you visit/download and also what you do with any e-mails you recieve.

if you dont have a virus checker, click here and download the FREE avg.

click here for a free firewall

other people will advise other products, its simply down to choice which one you use.

also try to use a pop up stopper if you do visit porn sites, it will be invaluable.

windows XP SP2 has a built in popup stopper but i use pop-up stopper pro.

good luck with future browsing mate.

  ///A M G 17:34 01 Nov 2004

Thank, it wasnt child, however some sites said stuff like 'yougest looking 18 year old"?

However thanks for the advice, I will format my computer tomorrow morning.

Its really sick how stuff like this happans.

  hugh-265156 17:36 01 Nov 2004

no, unfortunatly if porn was illegal i think the internet would grind to a halt :-) it pays for a lot of websites.

if you have windows xp then there is a very effective pop up blocker installed with service pack 2. if you dont want to install it then try the google tool bar, i have not tried it myself but am told it works very well. click here

try an alternative browser like opera or firefox maybe click here click here

disable the messenger service to stop these type of pop ups too. in xp click 'start/control panel/administrative tools/services' then scroll down to 'messenger' double click it and select disabled from the list of start up options.

keep your AV up to date and install adaware, spybot and spywareblaster and keep these up to date too click here click here click here

that should hopefully help a bit.

  ///A M G 17:39 01 Nov 2004

Thanks guys for the quick responce, I am going to change to firefox.

I am considering buying a new HDD, cheap one, to get rid of this 'crap' once and for all.

Thanks anyway

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