Will a firewall keep adware out?
Posted on 2005-04-23
I am really sure this is where my question should go, but it is the best choice I could find. I spent hours with my elderly friend today trying to clean up her computer. She was getting many "warnings" saying her computer would crash and burn if she didn't do a few things. They looked to her to be from Microsoft. I felt sure it was adware, and when I saw them for myself, I knew they were. She is running Windows 2000 Professional. I downloaded both SpyBot and Adaware and found many "bugs." The odd thing is that we both are pretty sure the only time they popped up was when she was on line. Does this mean that they weren't actually on her hard drive, and if so, why did they pop up? Where did they come from? I did go to one of the websites they recommended, and sure enough, it was a come-on to by a registry cleaner. She uses WalMart Connect for her ISP. After I used both the cleaners, I didn't get any more pop ups. I do hope we got rid of them. Has anyone else ever had any experience with this type of adware?