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« on: March 18, 2003, 06:38:26 PM »

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Hi.  I'm having a pop-up problem.  When I log onto the internet, and randomly while using it, this random p*rn website pops up, with a windows warning screen (only option to click OK), and then that's it.  I believe somthing must be hidden in my computer, because this is unlike anything I've had happen before.  I use IE6, Windows 98, and have hotbar, which I know provides some popups.  Also, I can't seem to just block the site, for some reason.  Any idea how to find what's been put on my pc and get rid of it?  Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2003, 07:02:21 PM »

Hi,

Seems like you have adware/spyware doing it's thing!

Install Ad-Aware from here: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/
which will remove it!
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2003, 02:36:07 AM »

Nope.  Doesn't help.  I already ran Ad-aware and two virus programs.  Neither of them helped.
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2003, 12:36:24 PM »

THE HANDY DANDY ANALOGX POW!  POPUP PUNISHER!
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Don't you just love those wonderful little popup ads that you get when visiting
a site like GeoCities or Xoom?  Well I don't, and so I wrote this program.
It's pretty simple to use, simply double-click on the 'POW' icon, and you'll
see it running on the task bar (by the clock on the Start menu).  Now POW
watches and waits for one of those nasty windows to open up and then POW!  It
slaps it down just like Adam West did when he was Batman!

To add a window to kill to the list, simply click on the POW! icon, which will
bring up a menu, and select 'Add/Delete Popup'.  This will bring up a listing of
all the windows that are open, that POW! can detect.  Just find the window you
want to automagically be killed from the list at the bottom, and it will appear
on the top list.  Just select 'OK', and you should see the window go bye-bye in
a second!  It's that easy.  To remove a window from the top list, just double
click on it; if you make a mistake, just hit 'Cancel' and nothing will change.

Inside the 'Add/Delete Popup' dialog, there also is button called 'Import', this
allows you to import window lists from other users, to do this, simple select
the .DAT file that you received, and it will add any windows you don't already
have to your list!  If you want to make your window lists available to others,
just copy your pow.dat file, rename it to 'JoeList.dat' or whatever, and put it
up on your site!  Is that easy or what!

You'll also find another option in 'Add/Delete Popup', and that is a button that
will either say 'Tolerance On' or 'Tolerance Off'... In most cases you will not
need this option turned on, but if for some reason it is not actively detecting
your browser, turning this on will almost always fix the situation.  Tolerance
works a little different with Netscape than it does with IE.  If you are using
Netscape, and are having it close 'Unspecified Netscape' windows, then you need
to make sure to launch POW! AFTER you've started up Netscape and it's connected
to a website, otherwise it will close the Netscape window, which is probably not
what you want.  IE doesn't have this problem.

The 'Edit' option is used to expand the string matching capabilities of POW;
for example, say a popup does something like, oh, put a date at the end.
Normally this would foul things up, but now you can tell it to make partial
matches; so if it's title was "Lame Banner Ad 01/01/1999", you would add it like
normal, but then select it and choose Edit; then, remove the date, and in it's
place put a single '*' asterisk; so it now becomes "Lame Banner Ad *", and it
will automatically close anything that begins with that text... You can also
put the asterisk at the beginning or the middle of the title; but you can only
have ONE asterisk per entry, so don't put any extra.

There is one final option called 'Custom Type', which is to help detect windows
which have been modified in such a way that POW doesn't detect them normally,
or even when Tolerance has been turned on.  You shouldn't use this option
unless both of the previous methods fail, so make sure to try them before doing
this.  Now, you need to find out what is unique to the windows that are not
showing up; normally this will be something along the lines of a " - Company"
at the end of the window title... Now, just click on 'Custom Type', enter in
" - Company", click Ok, and if you've given the program enough information,
then they should show up on the list.  Please keep in mind that you want this
to be as specific as possible, otherwise POW might mis-identify windows and
inadvertently close the wrong one.

It's been tested with both Netscape and Internet Explorer, and works fine.  It
might work with AOL, I don't know, and it probably doesn't work with Opera...
If your browser is running, and it can't identify any windows in the Add/Delete
dialog, then it doesn't support your browser.

For more info, and some cool music, make sure to check out the website at:

http://www.analogx.com/
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2003, 03:04:59 PM »

Hi,

Did you run the latest version of Ad-Aware with the update?
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2003, 11:34:59 PM »

I was going to upgrade from 5.83, but at download.com, a lot of people gave it poor reviews, so I just decided to stick to what I already have.
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« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2003, 02:00:37 PM »

Hi,

I guess I got lucky because I installed it on WinXP with no problems. I do not, however, trust any utilities 100% and did go through the changes Ad-Aware wanted to do before commiting and all seemed fine. I would suspect that if it did want to remove a key WinXP file, I would have caught it before but many others would simply trust the utility and go ahead and select all for removal.

You may want to look at another spyware utility like Spybot http://security.kolla.de/

Could Hotbar be launching these pop-ups or a site you're visiting?
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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2003, 11:05:25 AM »

I have always used  Ad-Aware and the new features on 6 Professional are actually amazing and they update daily.

Do you need some advice on where to get???

You should try POW as there are downloadable databases on the net for thousands of pop ups to kill.

Good lick.
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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2003, 01:15:05 AM »

Thanks.  POW's doing a pretty good job, getting rid of the pop-up a second or two after it loads.  I just wish there was some way to stop it all together, as I'm sure it's something in my pc.  I can just load IE and it'll sometimes come up.  I guess I'll try the adaware upgrade.
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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2003, 05:05:44 AM »

i using window xp
when i use internet explorer and went to any website with pop up my internet explorer will not responding and i need to end task and restart all over again...
i have reinstall for a few time and it did not help
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« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2003, 11:22:19 PM »

I use Norton Internet Security and it does a good job of killing pop-ups and a lot of banner ads (like Angelfire's) as well. It's also a very good firewall software, I've had NO problems with it. It does sometimes annoy you with "Alerts" and warnings, but they seem at least semi-legitimate; plus you CAN just click "Say yes to all attempts by this web site" and it will stop them on that web site.
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