You (or a program) have requested information...

  vaughan007 18:24 25 Mar 2005

Hello all,

When I first start windows (XP home) I get this rather irritating 'message'. I currently have a dial up connection on this particular pc.

You (or a program) have requested information from -reference to a porn site- .com Which connection do you want to use?

The porn site it refers to changes sometimes but is generally the same. I have searched for the porn site on google and it comes up with nothing. The website apparently does not exist.

I click cancel and it doesn't come back until the next time I start my pc.

I have run spybot, adaware, virus checker, installed zonealarm...non of which have found anything inparticular.

As far as I am aware porn sites have never been visited on this computer and I am at a total loss as to where this thng has come from. WIndows XP was cleanly reinstalled 2 days ago and this appeared the day after installation, even though the day of installation it was fine.

Could this have appeared because I connected to the web for a few hours without a firewall or virus checker running?

If worse comes to worse I will just format and re-install...but would rather not have to do this!

Any help much appreciated.


  Diemmess 18:30 25 Mar 2005

What defences do you have now? Assuming you are coveredfor Av Firewall and an ad aware type program, then a quick look via Ad-Aware might show you something.

  Halmer 18:31 25 Mar 2005

scan your system and post the text file on here. I'm sure that someone with greater knowledge than me will help you.

  Halmer 18:33 25 Mar 2005
  Diemmess 18:39 25 Mar 2005

Whatever malware is there it likely got in when you had no defences. So whatever is there might show with Ad-Aware and if it is not too nasty, this simple means might (just) be enough.

  vaughan007 23:41 25 Mar 2005

Thanks all.

Ran my antivirus again and it picked up a handfull of trojans, etc.

Really dont know how they got there.

I am amazed that I got them because I never visited any dodgy sites or anything and really only spent a couple of hours on the web downloading drivers after the windows re-install.

Just shows important a firewall and anti-virus is ALL the time.

Cheers folks.

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