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I have VB as my home page. I admit I spend a little too much time at work on VB. I discovered this morning when I logged onto the internet on my computer at work, that VB will load, but whenever I open up any thread, I get kicked off the internet completely. I tried navigating VB on the other computer in the office, and have no problem opening up and reading threads and staying on the internet.<br><br><br><br>
Have the powers that be fixed it so I can't read anything on VB on my computer? Is it even possible? I thought that if you block a site, you block the entire site, not just the threads on a message board.
 

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Update: I decided to be brutally honest about my internet use and talked to the company's IT person. She said that they don't block anybody's access to any site and that it might be spyware on my computer. Now, I use Ad-Aware from Lavasoft and run it every Monday when I leave for the day. I'll run it on my lunch break instead today and see what comes up. But usually I get just the "cookies" which are not supposed to be of concern. If nothing serious comes up after I run the scan today, what do I do next?<br><br><br><br>
What other free anti-spyware programs can I use?<br><br>
I'd rather not pay for any other programs if I don't have to (company computer), but what are your recommendations anyway? I use Ad-Aware at home, too, but I'm willing to pay for something better for my home computer if you think I should.
 

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The pay ones are worse than the free ones, to be honest. Spybot S&D's still one of the best. And Microsoft Anti-Spyware is good too.<br><br><br><br>
But it doesn't sound like spyware to me.<br><br><br><br>
First I'd suggest trying a different browser. (Firefox, eg)<br><br><br><br>
What exactly does it do? The browser just closes down when you click a thread link?
 

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The pay ones are worse than the free ones, to be honest. Spybot S&D's still one of the best. And Microsoft Anti-Spyware is good too.<br><br><br><br>
But it doesn't sound like spyware to me.<br><br><br><br>
First I'd suggest trying a different browser. (Firefox, eg)<br><br><br><br>
What exactly does it do? The browser just closes down when you click a thread link?</div>
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Yes.<br><br><br><br>
How do I change the browser?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>kpickell</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
The pay ones are worse than the free ones, to be honest. Spybot S&D's still one of the best. And Microsoft Anti-Spyware is good too.<br><br><br><br>
But it doesn't sound like spyware to me.<br><br><br><br>
First I'd suggest trying a different browser. (Firefox, eg)<br><br><br><br>
What exactly does it do? The browser just closes down when you click a thread link?</div>
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But why would it be the browser? I have never had any problem staying on VB until today, and the browswer is still the same. As a matter of fact, I originally found VB on my work computer. And the other office computer has the same browser and I have no problem with VB on that one (I'm using it now).
 

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I'll second the recommendation of Spybot Search & Destroy, which is free and you can download here:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.spybot.info/en/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.spybot.info/en/index.html</a><br><br><br><br>
I run both Spybot and Ad-Aware, since each picks up different things sometimes.<br><br><br><br>
I also think kpickell is right that you should try a different browser, since malware often targets IE.
 

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<div class="quote-block">But why would it be the browser? I have never had any problem staying on VB until today</div>
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I don't know why yet, but I bet it is the browser. Any number of things could be screwing it up. What browser are you using? Let me know if the problem appears with a different browser, as that'll narrow it down.
 

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Yes, it is IE. How do I change browsers?
 

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Also, I tried accessing threads using Microsoft Outlook. I stay on just a bit longer, then I get a MO error message saying MO has encountered a problem and has to close. And boom! I'm off VB again.
 

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Outlook uses Internet Explorer.<br><br><br><br>
You could go to <a href="http://www.getfirefox.com" target="_blank">www.getfirefox.com</a> and download Firefox. It's a much better browser anyways.<br><br><br><br>
But here's spybot's site if you wanted to try scanning for spyware first: <a href="http://www.spybot.info" target="_blank">www.spybot.info</a>
 

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I've been having the same issue with VB at work. We use IE. No other sites seem affected. I haven't talked to the tech guys about it yet (message boards are technicallly banned, but other boards seem to work fine).
 

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I updated my system here at work last week and I have the same problem now. A number of the updates were for IE and said they had to do with security. I have started to use Firefox from work for Veggieboards.com.
 

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Amy; judging by what Randy and asp3 said, it seems that maybe a Microsoft update was run on your computer, and that this is what messed things up. Switching to Firefox will very likely remove the problem.
 

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It seems like that last Windows update might have affected more than just IE. I was just in Firefox accessing the forums and when I clicked on this forum to check out the replies to this topic I got an error that caused all of my Firefox windows to close. Darn that Mr. Gates and his infernal company!
 

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Yeah, VB is currently up (2:40 pm Pacific time) and I'm still getting kicked off VB and the internet when I open threads. But if there were updates on my computer messing things up, wouldn't the same updates kick me off the other office computer? It's not. That's where I'm posting from. I'm still confused.<br><br><br><br>
But I'll download Firefox and see. Thanks, guys.
 

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<span>If firefox is crashing all the time, I reccomend downloading sessionsaver or one of the similar extensions that will save your firefox session in the event of a crash, or when you close the window. Comes in very handy when I get a particularly buggy release and it crashes sporadically, and it solves the problem of losing all the websites open in the event of a crash.<br><br></span>
 

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Ha! I downloaded Mozilla, and it worked! I'm using it and I'm on VB on my own work computer, and it's NOT kicking me off! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:"><br><br><br><br>
Thanks for your help, everyone! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/iloveyou.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lovesign:"><br><br><br><br>
ETA: One of these days I'm going to give AOL the heave-ho, sign up with another ISP, and reconfigure my pooter, prolly with Mozilla, and be happy as a veg*an clam again!
 

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Okay, how do I make VB my homepage on my Mozilla browser? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dunce.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":dunce:">
 

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Tools>Options>General<br><br><br><br>
Then change your home page. You're going to love Firefox once you get used to it and learn about all the great features.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Amy SF</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Ha! I downloaded Mozilla, and it worked! I'm using it and I'm on VB on my own work computer, and it's NOT kicking me off! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:"><br><br><br><br>
Thanks for your help, everyone! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/iloveyou.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lovesign:"><br><br><br><br>
ETA: One of these days I'm going to give AOL the heave-ho, sign up with another ISP, and reconfigure my pooter, prolly with Mozilla, and be happy as a veg*an clam again!</div>
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Glad it's working.<br><br><br><br>
BTW, you can use Firefox (or any other browser) simultaneously with AOL Just minimize AOL and open up Firefox. And also speaking of AOL, If you're using version 9 or higher I recommend getting rid of it and downloading version 7. The newer versions completely take over your computer and will bog you down considerably.
 
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