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Okay, my friend just came over to my house for me to help him because there was porn found on his computer by his parents. Now, I was over helping him about 2 hours ago to fix his computer from viruses, etc. When I tried to help explain to his dad that there is a type of virus, spyware, or whatever that installs stuff to your desktop and favorites list, I was told that I was wrong. I, too have experienced this, but not with pornographic material. I would like an explination, or at least some kind of proof, that this happens to get my friend out of trouble. I know him, and he doesn't look at that stuff, and if he did, he would not put it on his favorites! So please, if any of you have something that I can use to help explain, so that he wont think I am just making this up to help my friend, please post!

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He might have a virus I had about a year ago called the Coolwebsearch virus. It would make links to porn sites in my favorites. Here is a link that describes it.

 

http://www.scumware.com/apps/scumware.php/...e-Applications/

 

 

One way to prove his innocence is to show his parents that Coolwebsearch is the culprit. But before you do this, you should make sure it is in fact coolwebsearch. The best way to do this is to download a anti-spyware program that can show you what viruses or on the computer. I use Adaware and I recommend this for your friend because it actually will say coolwebsearch on there. Ive heard other are better but Im not sure they would help his situation right now. If you can use Adaware and do a virus search and coolwebsearch comes up, and then you show both the search and the above webpage which says coolwebsearch links to porn, then you might be able to prove his innocence.

 

Adaware can be downloaded here:

 

http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

 

Also, when I had it, I could not get rid of it for a while. Coolwebsearch has the knack for reinstalling itself. I eventually did get rid of it but I forget how. Im sure thats somewhere on the internet.

 

 

If it isnt coolwebsearch, then Id see what link itself is and then do a google search for something like "so and so website showing up in favorites." There ought to be a lot of info out there for you.

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He might have a virus I had about a year ago called the Coolwebsearch virus. It would make links to porn sites in my favorites. Here is a link that describes it.

 

http://www.scumware.com/apps/scumware.php/...e-Applications/

 

 

One way to prove his innocence is to show his parents that Coolwebsearch is the culprit. But before you do this, you should make sure it is in fact coolwebsearch. The best way to do this is to download a anti-spyware program that can show you what viruses or on the computer. I use Adaware and I recommend this for your friend because it actually will say coolwebsearch on there. Ive heard other are better but Im not sure they would help his situation right now. If you can use Adaware and do a virus search and coolwebsearch comes up, and then you show both the search and the above webpage which says coolwebsearch links to porn, then you might be able to prove his innocence.

 

Adaware can be downloaded here:

 

http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

 

Also, when I had it, I could not get rid of it for a while. Coolwebsearch has the knack for reinstalling itself. I eventually did get rid of it but I forget how. Im sure thats somewhere on the internet.

 

 

If it isnt coolwebsearch, then Id see what link itself is and then do a google search for something like "so and so website showing up in favorites." There ought to be a lot of info out there for you.

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Well, let me explain what exactly happened when i fixed it for him. I went there, installed Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta 1 on his computer, and scaned a bunch of times. When that wouldnt remove the viruses, etc. i wanted to remove, I did a system restore back to Thursday (March 31st). It was about an hour and a half later when he came to my door to tell me this. So I think i probobly deleted the virus, spyware, etc. that caused it. All I know is that it showed up, and for all I know, it could have been there the whole time, because my friend never uses the favorites menu. Thank you for your help, and I will look into both sources from you and Shaq-Man.

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