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OK, someone went and thought it'd be funny to sign me up for a load of porn e-mails, downloading videos onto my computer, and generally arse my PC to pieces. Now, I'm stuck with a lovely load of popups every time I go near the internet, and as I have a broadband connection, I seem to be continually battered with these sodding windows.


Now, can someone direct me to where I can get rid of the things? I think there are programs on my computer that link to some sites, that then link to others, that then link to others when I close the windows....

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<font color='#0000FF'>Is this what you mean:

1. Messenger pop-up spam (Windows XP only)

The relentless tide of email Spam flooding the Internet is bad enough but Spammers are now busily exploiting a loophole in Windows XP, which allows 'pop-up' adverts to appear on users desktops. They are generated by the Messenger service, a facility for sending administrative messages across PC networks.

The trouble is it is enabled by default in XP (please switch it off Bill, on XP Home at least…) and many home users find themselves on the receiving end of a stream of unsolicited garbage. Fortunately the Messenger Service can be switched off, simply go to Run on the Start menu and type 'services.msc', without the quotes, and click OK. In the right pane scroll down to and double-click Messenger then the General tab and under Service Status click Stop. In the Startup Type drop-down menu select Disable then Apply and OK.

P.S Am I the only one that not seeing the Avatars of some people, including my own? Quite a few a blank.
 

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If you have a firewall installed (and if not, why not?
) then you can block requests your computer sends to the more common pop-up sites, which will kill the majority of them..

<smug>Of course, if you had Linux installed, the problem wouldn't exist</smug>
 

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there are two types of pop ups

1. Java based popups that look like small browser windows. Use adaware from www.lavasoftusa.com. It's free and will sort them out. Just do a full scan and nuke anything it finds

2. Windows messenger based (not the same as MSN Messenger). As stated previously, you need to disable the messenger service to do this, as Chris has already described.

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It's not a messenger problem, it's a program or something I think. I've done the whole Ad Aware thing, which was very easy, and I think I may have destroyed the little thingamawhatsit that was breaking my whatjamadoobrie.

Now then, I'll let the computer run on t'internet, and see how many little windows I get...
 

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<font color='#000080'>If you dowload the google toolbar (which is very useful!) it has a popup blocker built in which i use all day at work (for work purposes of course
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To block a port, you need a firewall.. I don't think Windows has one built in, but I couldn't swear to it. I daresay there's a few free to download - I know the last PC mag I bought had one free on the disc it came with.

I'm very close to never needing M$ products again, so I'm afraid I'm not terribly well up on all the things you need to close the gaping security holes it has...
 

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Quote[/b] (daz @ Dec. 01 2003,11:31)]Of course someone else did it  


Try getting Adaware to hunt and destroy the spyware on your system.  Ad Aware



Daz
Hi Daz thanks for the info down loaded it and ran it seems i had over 200 spyware files on system  
 this program killed em

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<font color='#000080'>Ive just been using Mozilla Firebird (as recommended by Daz above) it's awsome,
you can have loads of webpages on tabs inside the one browser so when yer boss looks over yer shoulder you can
tab to another page, plus it has google search built in,

Nice one Daz



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Quote[/b] (arty93 @ Dec. 01 2003,20:05)]Ive just been using Mozilla Firebird (as recommended by Daz above) it's awsome,
you can have loads of webpages on tabs inside the one browser so when yer boss looks over yer shoulder you can
tab to another page, plus it has google search built in,

Nice one Daz



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And the best bit is,  It ain't microsloth....

Happy to help...

Daz
 
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