Pop Up Ads???


September 14, 2004, 06:32 PM
Is the THR now allowing popup ads?

Today is the first time I've seen it.

Is this a new policy or should I take it up with my ISP?

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Mal H
September 14, 2004, 07:37 PM
They're not coming from here. Check with your ISP or they might be residue from a site you left as you started up THR. I've seen that happen.

September 14, 2004, 07:57 PM
I think they can also popup when someone displays an image linked from a site that has popups. My computer is set up to ask when someone wants to add a cookie and occasionally I'll get a request to accept one when reading a thread with links outside THR.

September 15, 2004, 12:38 AM
Have been using the freebe blocker (Popup Stopper) from http://www.panicware.com/
for over a year.

Only a few sites that I have to unlock for to read a link.
(and these sites I do trust. anybody else is SOL)

September 18, 2004, 10:24 AM
After running a norton virus scan, it seems Adware was loaded on my machine. I think it was added during a session at Worldnetdaily last week.

In any case Adware placed 18 files of which only 4 were considered viral and hence removed. The balance of 14 will have to be removed manually.

My question: is there any software out there that can remove this crap. It irritates me to no end to have intursive software placed on my machine without my permission the end result of which is deteriorated performance of equipment for which I paid. :fire:

September 18, 2004, 11:12 AM
in addition to AdAware, SpyBot from http://www.spybot.info/en/index.html
will be of great help in tracking and removing spyware. (Freeware)

After scanning for spyware it will clean cookies and registery enteries that it finds. Usually requires a reboot and will rescan its data base to make sure that things are clean.

After two infections myself, I made sure that system was clean and then made a copy of my registery and now will be able to import my good registery back if i get infected again.

Remember to export (copy) the registery if you have loaded new software on your system.

Good luck.....

September 21, 2004, 03:19 PM
Whole new world out there.

I installed Sypbot and scrubbed the system. Restarted and scrubbed again resulted in reduced ads.

Installed Ad Aware and scrubbed the system after scrubbing with Spybot. Ad Aware looks far deeper into the system and pulls out a lot more of the crap.

Go out on Google and run one search. Re-run Ad Aware and it finds 200+ files FROM ONE FREAKIN' website.

Installed Spy Sweeper and ran it after scrubbing with Spybot and Ad Aware. Absolutely amazing how much crap in lodged in my system. Spy Sweeper can be set up to block attempted installation of spy ware. One trip to Drudge resulted in 7 attempts to load spyware.

BTW, I also run PopUp Blocker and Norton AV. Just amazing. Just dawned on me how all this free internet is paid for.

September 21, 2004, 04:03 PM
Also make a trip here: housecall.trendmicro.com

I don't recommend full-time popup blockers, like Popup Stopper, due to the fact that popups are typically your first indication that you have a parasite (spyware) problem. If you supress the popups, you don't know you're infected. HTML website-based popups are a different story, for that use Google's toolbar (toolbar.google.com.

Once you've cleaned out your system, install these two tools to help keep it clean:

Spyware Blaster (http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html)

Spyware Guard (http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareguard.html)

- Gabe

September 23, 2004, 04:05 PM
Step One: Go here (http://www.mozilla.org)
Step Two: Download and install either the full Mozilla suite or the Firefox browser.
Step Three: Forget Internet Explorer even exists.

September 24, 2004, 03:00 PM
Good advice all around.

The only thing I would add (no pun intended) is that some spyware/adware programs are deliberately written to circumvent programs like Ad Aware and Spybot. One example would be "Cool Web Search" which is probably the worst manifestation of evil since Linda Blair in The Exorcist.

In that case, you'll have to go out and search up a kill program deliberately designed to hunt down and destroy that one piece of spyware.

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