Hi Carl, Long time no see for you too! =) Wow, thats a tough lesson, and the reason why I don't download any type of "helper" utilities on this machine. Since this machine is my "bread and butter" I can't afford to lose it's content. I keep telling myself I'm going to get an old machine of mine out and get it up and running. Its the one I would experiment with new apps and settings to see how it behaved. There was never anything on that box that I couldn't afford to lose if a problem arose. Pam >-----Original Message----- >From: pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx >[mailto:pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Ctm007 >Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2003 3:28 AM >To: pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx >Subject: [pcductape] Re: Protect yourselves > > >Hi Bob, >Hi Pam, >Or could it be we are just too embarrassed to ask. I read something on >another list that if I downloaded and install this small program, it would >enhance my registry to prevent the attacks from Spyware; so I did. Boy >and it works good; too good. I no longer could access my Internet bank >accounts and other sites. So I hack the registry and deleted the stuff >that installed with this stupid program. That was the end of that >computer. I was aware that if I had my Windows xp cd, I could just >reinstall Windows xp and go on with life. But I could not find my Windows >xp disk. I searched and searched and even invaded my daughter's house and >searched there; what a nightmare. I called my son who lives many miles >away and accused him of theft. This past Sunday, my son comes to >visit and >he is in my "study"; my sweatshop; my computer room and he is >looking at a >stack of empty boxes of stuff I had purchased over the past few years; >like cdwriter drives, software, etc. He pulls out this Windows xp box and >looks inside and there is my cd diskette. I felt about 2" high. darn. >I still haven fixed the computer that I ruined. I used the >failure to find >the Windows xp as an excuse to buy a new machine and I'm typing on it now. >:-) >Carl To unsubscribe from this list send an email to pcductape-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface.