Help with Removing a Pornographic Screensaver

By nmpc3 ·
Help! We needed an extra computer just for writting letters and my boss brought one from his house that one of his kids used. When switching screensavers, I saw one that said My Picture Screensaver and clicked on it thinking that it would have pictures of their kids, etc. Instead it contained pornographic pictures. I have tried deleting it and it keeps coming back. I tried removing it with one of the screensavers removal softward and it indicated that it was a Microsoft Protected screensaver.

I don't really want to tell me boss since the pictures are very explicit, but I also do not want someone sitting down at my computer finding these images thinking that I downloaded them.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance for your help

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Rock and a hard place in this instance...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Help with Removing a Porn ...

What you have is a pornographic screensaver that existed on this machine before you took possesion of it.

Presumably, at some future point in time, it may be returned to its original owner: the kids of your boss. Do you get rid of the pictures to prevent the assumption that you put them there OR do you ignore them by simply not using the screensaver ??

Strictly speaking you could be accused of deleting someone else's intellectual property and when the machine is returned THEY might be rather upset when they don't find all their naughty pictures.

I would elect to NOT USE the screensaver and to notify your boss as soon as possible of the situation.

After all, your only use of this system is for typing letters on it.

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I concur!

by w2ktechman In reply to Rock and a hard place in ...

listen to Mycroft.

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Which screensaver?

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Help with Removing a Porn ...

Are you sure it said "My Pictures Screensaver", or did it say "My Pictures Slideshow"?

The second one is installed by Windows. It can be set to browse any folder on the hard drive and display all of the pictures in that folder, one after the other. If this is the screensave you have on your system, click settings, then look to see what folder the images are stored in.

I'm not saying you can delete them if you do find them. That can be left up to your BOSS. But, at least you'll know where they're at and also know how to change which folder it's browsing to so you can elliminate the porno folder from the ones that get displayed.

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Can you email me a copy of this image?...LOL

by ManiacMan In reply to Help with Removing a Porn ...

Just kidding...LOL.

Anyhow, you should bring it to the attention of your boss, as you don't want to be accused of violating sexual harrassment policies if porn is found on a machine you use, even if it's not your fault.

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by nmpc3 In reply to Help with Removing a Porn ...

Okay - I have talked with my boss and he wants it removed tomorrow when we go to work, but I am not sure how I will do it since I keep getting the message that it is windows protected. The file extension is ssmypics.scr. How did a virus attach itself to a microsoft program that can't be removed? Any suggestions.

We are a small office and there are only three of us and since the computer will be staying in our office until it dies, I would like to get this taken off.

I am not a computer geek so any suggestions will need to be in normal terms.

Thank you for any help

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one way.

by normhaga In reply to Additional Information

1. Boot with knoppix live and delete the file.

2. Then boot into Windows safe mode and manually remove every ref to the file from the registry.

3. After 1 and 2 run a registry cleaner.

A second method, but not as effective:
skip 1 above and do two and three.

I forgot that your question indicates that the screen saver is showing stealth/virus techniques. Before starting the above, you might want to shut off your restore points and check the dllcache for the file.

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Wipe it

by ajaxnii In reply to one way.

Wipe it and start from scratch! Copy the porn 1st....jk!

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Wiping it is the safest course of action all round.

by Choppit In reply to Wipe it
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Ok folks..stop the music. If it's a windows system protected file...

by ManiacMan In reply to Additional Information

you'll have to disable the system restore option and kill the file from every location you can find. First, download AVG free antivirus from, disable system restore and then boot into safe mode. From safe mode, do a search for this scr file and delete it. Also, perform a full scan of your PC with AVG to catch any other viruses on the PC. Once you are sure it's gone and all is clean, restart into normal mode and re-enable system restore.

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Can't you remove the folder containing

by LocoLobo In reply to Additional Information

the pix. That should stop the screen saver from displaying the images. You should be able to change the folder it displays as well.

Just a thought.

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