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How to get to the source of POPUPS?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Comer, Jul 7, 2004.

  1. Comer

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    If a PC is constantly getting popups when on the Internet am I right in saying that they are in some way cookied on that PC (just a stupid guess) and if so is there any utility I can use to hunt these down and get rid of them. I have used POPUP Killer but this is like treating the symptoms rather than curing the desease. I have tried AD-Ware but this doesn't seem to have sorted it. Any help would be greatly appreciated as some of these popus are very distasteful and the kids use the commputer

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    I have got the same problem as Comer on my work PC. I have tried Ad-Aware and SpyBot and while they have found all sorts of 'unsavoury' software they have not stopped a popup offering ringtones for me to download (how do they think by inflicting this on me that I would want to buy from them). Within 60secs of going in to the internet, up comes the popup and then again every couple of minutes or so. I'm convinced that there must be some software hiding somewhere on the PC that detects when I'm in the internet but where is it? How do I find it? How do I kill it? My IT department have said that the only answer may be to 'rebuild' the PC Aaaahhhh!!! :mad:
     
  4. The Dude

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    disabling the messenger service ( not windows messenger!) should help block a lot of the popups that are missed by things such as adaware / spybot etc..

    It's a legitimate part of windows used for sending messages to network users, which can be hijacked on web-facing PCs and used for sending spam popups instead...

    to do this:


    start > run> services.msc > ok

    right click on 'messenger' and choose properties, then set 'startup type' to 'disabled' and reboot...

    It's perfectly safe to do, as messenger is practically useless at best and not needed by windows..
     
  5. Comer

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    Thanks for the replys

    Will give these suggestions a try and let you know how I get on


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    Also install a pop-up stopper - I use Panicware.com - free download = pop-up free surfing ---- I've seen others recommend Google toolbar, which includes a pop-up stopper. A regular running of both Adaware and Spybot SearchandDestroy (both free downloads) keeps things nice and regular...........



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    Cheers,i will also give that ago. :thumbsup:
     
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    Get Google taskbar this will stop popups, but make sure you enable it for this site as you will not get notification of PM’s.
     
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    Well I've checked my PC settings as per Dude's instructions but found that Messenger is already set to 'Disabled' :mad:

    This is so frustrating. Even typing this post, I've been interrupted with this damn Popup. I'm convinced there must be some software 'hiding' somewhere (the cause) but where? As soon as I go into the internet up comes the Popups!! As I said before Ad-Aware and SPyBot find the Cookies that are created each time the Popup appears (the symptoms)
     
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    Just thinking out aloud here but...
    If it's a UK based ringtone service can you contact them by any other means (from their ad) and ask them who they advertise with. Data protection act may require them by law to assist you in stopping the adverts if you do not wish to recieve them. I believe that USA based systems have to allow you to opt out of the ads if you want to recieve them. I know it's a wild stab in the dark and may open a hornets nest.
    but if you knew who was running the Ads you may narrow down how to stop them.

    Best of luck

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    Chaps,
    You could have been "infected" by the CoolWebSearch trojan & it's a real sod to get rid of :confused: go HERE & d/load CWshredder.
    Another vulnerability is the messanger(the chat one) popup where you get a popup box inviting you to answer & usually ending up at a porn site :thumbsdow best to remove messanger in the add/remove page (add/remove windows components).
    To stop pop-ups ad's etc see my thread HERE
    Do yourselves a favour (especially those who use their hcpc as their main computer) seriously consider dumping IE6.
    HTH
    Tim.
     
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    Hi COMER

    My brother's computer was suffering from continual POPUPs offering ringtones. This could not be cured by disabling messenger or the other obvious solutions. A search on the processes running in task manager revealed a malicious program which could not be uninstalled. I also encountered a similar problem on a friends' computer - although in that case the POPUPs were of a very unsavoury nature, Again, the source of this was an uninstallable program. To be safe, I decided to do a complete re-install of windows.

    I access the internet via a router and further protect my PC with zonealarm and NAV 2004. I do not suffer any popups and periodic scans with adaware deals with spy-software.

    Good luck with killing your popups

    TonyM
     
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    I can't understand the mentality of any company advertising with these intrusive programs / ad companies.
    Surley no one is going to buy anything from a advertiser who shoves their advert anoyingly in your face like that?

    -Neil
     

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