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persistent pop-ups - really could use help

by sparhawk45 / January 5, 2005 5:23 AM PST

My son uses his computer for school on which we have a persistent pop-up problem, and it seems to slow it down too. The most annoying part of these pop-ups are that some of them are leading you to sites such as"Nixad.com", "nomore-ads.net", "win-fix.com, etc. We have used and/or tried AdAware, Spybot S&D, & McAfee Virus. After reading some posts added "Shoot the Messenger" to no avail. Also recently we had to do a "full" install of XP to eliminate some old partitions and its still there. (P-II 350mhz, 850mb h/d, 128ram,cd-rom, XP -Prof, AOL). Help is greatly appreciated.

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try downloading, installing and updating
by Marianna Schmudlach / January 5, 2005 5:31 AM PST
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I tried these ideas and still they are there???
by sparhawk45 / January 8, 2005 4:12 AM PST

I downloaded Spywareblaster & Shoot the messenger ( that was done prior to this posting) and still this same series of pop ups comes back. It really ticked me off when I was downloading Spywareblaster one popped up. Just to annoy me and say - can't get rid of me...haha. Any other suggestions. This thing seems to be buried deep. Would a re-format do it? Last resort of course but I have to stop them.

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In addition to Marianna's
by roddy32 / January 5, 2005 5:58 AM PST

advice, I am pretty sure that those particular ones can also be caused by Microsoft's Window's Messenger service which has also been exploited by spammers so I would download both that Marianna suggested and also ShootTheMessenger which will disable Windows Messenger.

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Could be waaay off base but........AOL...
by tobeach / January 6, 2005 2:15 PM PST

is pushing its' own AOL Messenger service (& pop-up blocker). Is it possible that shoot the messenger gets MSs but not AOLs? Do they use each other? Require each other to function?
Is there another "back-door" function AOL could be exploiting or not blocking so others could exploit?
Any scan report, present or past, of a trojan that may have opened a port allowing access to the pop- ups?
Last thought: Adaware has 2 add-ons available that disable messenger, including one to stop back channel messenger in outlook express. Just WAGS. Good luck! Happy

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persistent pop ups
by hawk1284 / January 7, 2005 10:29 AM PST

I have been using an Anti-pop up programme called "Pow" (from www.Analogx.com) for some time and find it is a great help in combating pop-ups and easier Web Browsing. Best of all it's a FREE download free of spyware etc.

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