A program called "coolpic" has pirated my messenger and I can't get rid of it. Can sbd help?
This program keeps on changing my status to links and messages to coolpic sites (which I have never dared to connect to), which is annoying for both parties chatting and seems to infect my correspondents' computers as well. A pest really.
Does somebody knows how to get rid of it?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Download and run adaware from download.com
Write again if this does not fix it.
- GLv 71 decade ago
Try using these to remove it, they are both free.
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- 1 decade ago
Try this START, then CONTROL PANEL, then find the ad/remove Icon. From there remove any file with the "coolpic" name. It should solve your problem.
But if it does not, try START the FIND, and in the search box type coolpic, and if any are found, Right click on the files, and the DELETE,
- Anonymous1 decade ago
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- 1 decade ago
Well have you tried using Ad-Aware and Spybot S&D ? They're for scanning spyware and ad aware.. seems like you have adware.
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- 1 decade ago
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
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