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Anonymous
August 15, 2005 10:16:04 PM

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I am using broadband and so I am constantly online obviously. Since
installing Windows XP I am having a tremendous amount of popups trying to
sell me something. i get about 1 every 5 minuets. I blocked pop ups in
Windows, I turned Ad and pop up blocker on in Norton Internet Security and
Spyware doctor all at once. I downloaded AdAware 6.0 and scanned my computer
to find nothing but for some reason this still keeps popping up, it's slowing
my computer down to the point of dragging because of the amount of windows
open. ANY SUGGESTIONS... Has this happened to anyone out there reading this.

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Anonymous
August 15, 2005 10:17:31 PM

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"hfdmil98" <hfdmil98@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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>I am using broadband and so I am constantly online obviously. Since
> installing Windows XP I am having a tremendous amount of popups trying to
> sell me something. i get about 1 every 5 minuets. I blocked pop ups in
> Windows, I turned Ad and pop up blocker on in Norton Internet Security and
> Spyware doctor all at once. I downloaded AdAware 6.0 and scanned my
> computer
> to find nothing but for some reason this still keeps popping up, it's
> slowing
> my computer down to the point of dragging because of the amount of windows
> open. ANY SUGGESTIONS... Has this happened to anyone out there reading
> this.

Do you have a router installed?

Bobby
Anonymous
August 16, 2005 12:05:57 AM

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hfdmil98 wrote:
> I am using broadband and so I am constantly online obviously. Since
> installing Windows XP I am having a tremendous amount of popups trying to
> sell me something. i get about 1 every 5 minuets. I blocked pop ups in
> Windows, I turned Ad and pop up blocker on in Norton Internet Security and
> Spyware doctor all at once. I downloaded AdAware 6.0 and scanned my computer
> to find nothing but for some reason this still keeps popping up, it's slowing
> my computer down to the point of dragging because of the amount of windows
> open. ANY SUGGESTIONS... Has this happened to anyone out there reading this.


What specific kind of pop-ups are you seeing? There are at least
three varieties of pop-ups, and the solutions vary accordingly.

1) Does the title bar of these pop-ups read "Messenger Service?"

This type of spam has become quite common over the couple of
years, and unintentionally serves as a valid security "alert." It
demonstrates that you haven't been taking sufficient precautions while
connected to the Internet. Your data probably hasn't been compromised
by these specific advertisements, but if you're open to this exploit,
you may well be open to other threats, such as the Blaster Worm that
swept across the Internet last year and the currently active Sasser
Worm. Install and use a decent, properly configured firewall.
(Merely disabling the messenger service, as some people recommend,
only hides the symptom, and does little or nothing to truly secure
your machine.) And ignoring or just "putting up with" the security
gap represented by these messages is particularly foolish.

Messenger Service of Windows
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;168893

Messenger Service Window That Contains an Internet Advertisement
Appears
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=330904

Stopping Advertisements with Messenger Service Titles
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/using/howto/comm...

Blocking Ads, Parasites, and Hijackers with a Hosts File
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

Oh, and be especially wary of people who advise you to do nothing
more than disable the messenger service. Disabling the messenger
service, by itself, is a "head in the sand" approach to computer
security. The real problem is not the messenger service pop-ups;
they're actually providing a useful, if annoying, service by acting as
a security alert. The true problem is the unsecured computer, and
you've been advised to merely turn off the warnings. How is this
helpful?

2) For regular Internet pop-ups, you might try the free 12Ghosts
Popup-killer from http://12ghosts.com/ghosts/popup.htm, Pop-Up Stopper
from http://www.panicware.com/, or the Google Toolbar from
http://toolbar.google.com/. Alternatively, you can upgrade your WinXP
to SP2, to install IE's pop-up blocker. Another alternative would be
to use another browser, such as Mozilla or Firefox, which has pop-up
blocking capabilities. (But I'd avoid Netscape; it carries too much
extraneous AOL garbage.)

3) To deal with pop-ups caused by any sort of "adware" and/or
"spyware,"such as Gator, Comet Cursors, Xupiter, Bonzai Buddy, or
KaZaA, and their remnants, that you've deliberately (but without
understanding the consequences) installed, two products that are
quite effective (at finding and removing this type of scumware) are
Ad-Aware from www.lavasoft.de and SpyBot Search & Destroy from
www.safer-networking.org/. Both have free versions. It's even
possible to use SpyBot Search & Destroy to "immunize" your system
against most future intrusions. I use both and generally perform
manual scans every week or so to clean out cookies, etc.

Additionally, manual removal instructions for the most common
varieties of scumware are available here:

PC Hell Spyware and Adware Removal Help
http://www.pchell.com/support/spyware.shtml

More information and assistance is available at these sites:

Blocking Ads, Parasites, and Hijackers with a Hosts File
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

The Parasite Fight
http://www.aumha.org/a/parasite.htm

Neither adware nor spyware, collectively known as scumware,
magically install themselves on anyone's computer. They are almost
always deliberately installed by the computer's user, as part of some
allegedly "free" service or product.

While there are some unscrupulous malware distributors out there,
who do attempt to install and exploit malware without consent, the
majority of them simply rely upon the intellectual laziness and
gullibility of the average consumer, counting on them to quickly click
past the EULA in his/her haste to get the latest in "free" cutesy
cursors, screensavers, "utilities," and/or wallpapers.

If you were to read the EULAs that accompany, and to which the
computer user must agree before the download/installation of the
"screensaver" continues, most adware and spyware, you'll find that
they _do_ have the consumer's permission to do exactly what they're
doing. In the overwhelming majority of cases, computer users have no
one to blame but themselves.

There are several essential components to computer security: a
knowledgeable and pro-active user, a properly configured firewall,
reliable and up-to-date antivirus software, and the prompt repair (via
patches, hotfixes, or service packs) of any known vulnerabilities.

The weakest link in this "equation" is, of course, the computer
user. No software manufacturer can -- nor should they be expected
to -- protect the computer user from him/herself. All too many people
have bought into the various PC/software manufacturers marketing
claims of easy computing. They believe that their computer should be
no harder to use than a toaster oven; they have neither the
inclination or desire to learn how to safely use their computer. All
too few people keep their antivirus software current, install patches
in a timely manner, or stop to really think about that cutesy link
they're about to click.

Firewalls and anti-virus applications, which should always be used
and should always be running, are important components of "safe hex,"
but they cannot, and should not be expected to, protect the computer
user from him/herself. Ultimately, it is incumbent upon each and
every computer user to learn how to secure his/her own computer.


To learn more about practicing "safe hex," start with these links:

Protect Your PC
http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/default.asp

Home Computer Security
http://www.cert.org/homeusers/HomeComputerSecurity/

List of Antivirus Software Vendors
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;49500

Home PC Firewall Guide
http://www.firewallguide.com/

Scumware.com
http://www.scumware.com/



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August 16, 2005 5:51:53 AM

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Have you run spyware/scumware checks in Safe Mode?


"hfdmil98" <hfdmil98@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:4F5F4964-771E-4E95-B7DF-67C0C8EC52CF@microsoft.com...
>I am using broadband and so I am constantly online obviously. Since
> installing Windows XP I am having a tremendous amount of popups trying to
> sell me something. i get about 1 every 5 minuets. I blocked pop ups in
> Windows, I turned Ad and pop up blocker on in Norton Internet Security and
> Spyware doctor all at once. I downloaded AdAware 6.0 and scanned my
> computer
> to find nothing but for some reason this still keeps popping up, it's
> slowing
> my computer down to the point of dragging because of the amount of windows
> open. ANY SUGGESTIONS... Has this happened to anyone out there reading
> this.
Anonymous
August 16, 2005 5:51:54 AM

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No I didn't. I will first thing tomorrow morning and reply to this to let
you know. Thanks!

"Fitz" wrote:

> Have you run spyware/scumware checks in Safe Mode?
>
>
> "hfdmil98" <hfdmil98@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:4F5F4964-771E-4E95-B7DF-67C0C8EC52CF@microsoft.com...
> >I am using broadband and so I am constantly online obviously. Since
> > installing Windows XP I am having a tremendous amount of popups trying to
> > sell me something. i get about 1 every 5 minuets. I blocked pop ups in
> > Windows, I turned Ad and pop up blocker on in Norton Internet Security and
> > Spyware doctor all at once. I downloaded AdAware 6.0 and scanned my
> > computer
> > to find nothing but for some reason this still keeps popping up, it's
> > slowing
> > my computer down to the point of dragging because of the amount of windows
> > open. ANY SUGGESTIONS... Has this happened to anyone out there reading
> > this.
>
>
>
Anonymous
August 17, 2005 9:45:37 PM

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On Mon, 15 Aug 2005 18:16:04 -0700, "hfdmil98"

>I am using broadband and so I am constantly online obviously.

I hope you:
- are using a NAT router
- have your firewall enabled
- aren't using WiFi within the LAN

>Since installing Windows XP

What SP (Service Pack) level of XP? Unless you install a firewall or
enable the one built into XP, anything older than SP2 is lethal.

>I am having a tremendous amount of popups trying to
>sell me something. i get about 1 every 5 minuets. I blocked pop ups in
>Windows, I turned Ad and pop up blocker on in Norton Internet Security and
>Spyware doctor all at once. I downloaded AdAware 6.0

AdAware 6.0 has been dead for a long time now, replaced by AdAware SE
(also free). There was a flurry or point revisions up to 1.05 to get
things working properly, then recently it went to 1.06 - and that's
what you should be using. I doubt if you can get updates for AdAware
6.0 anymore, and a reactive ("recognise the bad guys") scanner like
AdAware, SpyBot, antivirus etc. has to be up to date when you use it.

Ensure that:
- your firewall is on, and blocks the Messenger service
- you disable IE 3rd-party browser enhancements (for now)
- you disable IE install-on-demand (whose "demand"?)
- you don't have File and Print Sharing bound to the Internet
- you're patched up to date
- your av is working and up to date



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