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Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Vancouver, WA
Insane since: Apr 2002

posted posted 12-09-2003 08:25

For about a week not I've had some rather agressive pop-ups on my computer that are begginning to bug the absolute fuck out of me. About every two to three minutes, I get a horde of pop-ups that take me about 20 seconds to close down. I ran ad-aware, but couldn't find anything. What else, short of reformatting, should I do?

War is Peace,
Freedom is Slavery,
Ignorance is Strength.

Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Minnesota
Insane since: Jan 2001

posted posted 12-09-2003 08:51

Try getting rid of them with Spybot. Get that program.

Maniac (V) Inmate

From: the Asylum ghetto
Insane since: Oct 2002

posted posted 12-09-2003 08:53

i'd definitely second wolfen's advice!

Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: :morF
Insane since: May 2000

posted posted 12-09-2003 09:41

and I second Lacuna's advice to second Wolfen's advice...who wants to continue the pattern?

Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Vancouver, WA
Insane since: Apr 2002

posted posted 12-09-2003 09:47

I just downloaded it. I'll see how it works. Thanks.

War is Peace,
Freedom is Slavery,
Ignorance is Strength.

Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Los Angeles
Insane since: Nov 2003

posted posted 12-09-2003 10:34

Under tools in Spybot click on Hosts to append your hosts file - That will block a lot of pop-ups.

Also, there is whats called the 'supertrick' that blocks a whole lot more

And e-dexter will replace missing ads with a transparent gif.

Is this thing on?

A Work In Progress

Nervous Wreck (II) Inmate

Insane since: Nov 2003

posted posted 12-09-2003 14:35

Have you tried a browser with built in popup blocking? I don't get popups when using mozilla, mozilla firebird or opera.

If you want to keep IE, definately run the above mentioned programs, and append your host file. My brother just got a virus (on xp, I didn't get it on the lan some reason) that all it does is add popups

Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: KC, KS
Insane since: Nov 2002

posted posted 12-09-2003 15:50

You can also try using Ctrl+Alt+Del and taking a look at the active processes. I've found a few that way and then done some research online to see where they came from.

Of course, I haven't had to worry about that since switching to Firebird. I'm not bashing IE, I still like the browser, Firebird just has too many other things that IE doesn't even offer without using 3rd party plugins.


Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: 100101010011 <-- right about here
Insane since: Mar 2000

posted posted 12-09-2003 17:49

I have tried but don't really recommend the hosts file trick. Using good ad and syware (ad-aware and spybot) plus a good popup blocker (google) is for me a much better solution. The hosts file makes ads served from a list of domains turn around to your loopback IP ( The problem with this is that all your ads will load as a page not found error which seemed to me to cause a performance issue.

.:[ Never resist a perfect moment ]:.

Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: 127 Halcyon Road, Marenia, Atlantis
Insane since: Aug 2000

posted posted 12-09-2003 18:52


I must second what bit said... that- and I run Mozilla..

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Maniac (V) Mad Scientist with Finglongers

From: Cell 53, East Wing
Insane since: Jul 2001

posted posted 12-09-2003 19:44

There is an FAQ on this if people fancy expanding it:

:FAQ: Can you recommend good pop up killer software?


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