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Sama51
09-14-2006, 08:04 PM
I figured there must be a couple of souls on here able to help me out.. I know its very OT but figured its a location with those most likely to help.

Anywho.. I have a major pop up problem. I keep getting popups for particular things like a Sports page, casinos, travel sites, etc. They happen after I change pages every few times, very annoying, VERY distracting. I also get one that looks like an error window and says "If your PC is running slow you might have a virus, download [Product name here]" When I close it it brings up the ad for the site, then when I close that it sneds another error window templated pop up saying i did not complete the free scan or whatever.

These are very distracting and make it difficult to just browse... I only get them when using IE. Not wiht any other browsers. Yes, I could just use a different browser but if this is spyware or something, I want to get it off my machine, I just don't want a pop up infested browser if i can avoid it, it just isn't operating liek it should.

I've tried Spy Bot, clearing my cookies, downloading the latest internet explorer, turning my pop up blocker on high, and a virus scan. (With dated Norton.)

Any remedies would be GREATLY appreciated! I can give more info upon request. Sorry for intruding the forum wit this topic!

Thanks in advance.

Sama51
09-14-2006, 08:04 PM
I figured there must be a couple of souls on here able to help me out.. I know its very OT but figured its a location with those most likely to help.

Anywho.. I have a major pop up problem. I keep getting popups for particular things like a Sports page, casinos, travel sites, etc. They happen after I change pages every few times, very annoying, VERY distracting. I also get one that looks like an error window and says "If your PC is running slow you might have a virus, download [Product name here]" When I close it it brings up the ad for the site, then when I close that it sneds another error window templated pop up saying i did not complete the free scan or whatever.

These are very distracting and make it difficult to just browse... I only get them when using IE. Not wiht any other browsers. Yes, I could just use a different browser but if this is spyware or something, I want to get it off my machine, I just don't want a pop up infested browser if i can avoid it, it just isn't operating liek it should.

I've tried Spy Bot, clearing my cookies, downloading the latest internet explorer, turning my pop up blocker on high, and a virus scan. (With dated Norton.)

Any remedies would be GREATLY appreciated! I can give more info upon request. Sorry for intruding the forum wit this topic!

Thanks in advance.

Freelancer-1
09-14-2006, 08:10 PM
The number one thing you need to do is DUMP IE!!!

Try out Firefox for a while. Though it's by no means the second coming, it will reduce (once set up properly) 99% of your problems.

I run a combo of spybot and adaware and it works for me. If you want to pay for an adware remover, Spyware Doctor is a good one.

With the above combination of browser & programs, your popup and adware days will just be a bad memory.

Sama51
09-14-2006, 08:13 PM
Actually I plan to get Firefox later tonight, I've used the browser before, love it. I just want to be sure there's nothing intrusive on my machine...

By the by how do I cleanly uninstall IE? (if possible?) I was trying in order to update it, but couldn't find a way to remove it in the control panel or its folder.

Akronnick
09-14-2006, 08:18 PM
IE has always given me trouble. I use Mozilla Firefox and NEVER have trouble with pop-ups or the like. Also, having up to date anti-virus/anti-spyware software is essential. Your protection is only as good as the last update that was installed on your machine. Another reason I don't like IE is that it's just a little too familiar with the operating system, Windows lets Internet Explorer do stuff that can change your system in wierd ways. A third party browser isn't as intimately connected with the OS.

I don't think you can delete Internet Explorer
because it's part of windows.

Freelancer-1
09-14-2006, 08:25 PM
No need to uninstall IE. It does come in handy for some things. As long as you make Firefox your default browser. (Go to Start/Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs/Set Program Access and Defaults/Custom and under 'Choose a Default web browser' tick the 'Use my current Web Browser' box.)

major_setback
09-14-2006, 08:35 PM
Download the free version of Adaware. Removes these sort of things.

Google or find it here.

http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

MadRuski
09-14-2006, 08:47 PM
you need these 2, work great for me!

AVG Antivirus
EWIDO Antispyware


http://free.grisoft.com/doc/5390/lng/us/tpl/v5#ewido-free

LEBillfish
09-14-2006, 09:36 PM
IE has NEVER given me trouble.......But, I run AVG, MS Defender, and zone alarm when online, and for cleaning have Spybot search and destroy, ewedio, adaware........

Stop going to casino sites.....plusn ew beta IE7 works great at showing added on files from sites.

Sama51
09-14-2006, 10:28 PM
That's whats curious, I haven't been to any sites to warrent those pop ups. I don't go to casino sites or travel. If it gets me better pop ups I may have to start visiting pRon sites though... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Mad Ruski... are those good alternatives to Mcaffee/Norton? I was thinking of trying another anti-virus or spyware remover... but I didn't want to go with anything unproven.

Again though, my primary concern is deffinately just making sure there isn't any adware or anthing like that on my machine that could hinder the performance or cause problems...
And as for IE I do like it and would like it to operate the way it was meant to, without intrusive pop ups.

MadRuski
09-14-2006, 11:25 PM
iam also using McAfee, but Norton is not the best choice, it is definatly Overrated

and Yes AVG is great for Viruses, and EWIDO worked well for me once , so you can give it a shot.

and it definatly sounds like you have spyware on your comp.

fly_zo
09-15-2006, 01:37 AM
If you are on XP,
before you go online (suspicious sites) allways make system check point. If you pick up something just roll back your system.
I have system restore shortcut on my desktop and it only takes few cliks and you are safe.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e287/fly_zo/sign_optim.jpg

Abbuzze
09-15-2006, 01:55 AM
I think there is nothing evil at your PC. But the IE let such stupid informations pop up.

Just a little tip, if you change to Firefox. There is a small plugin, allowing you to start the IE engine inside a Firefox tab http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif - Very helpfull for cr@ppy designed websites.

https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1419/

MadRuski
09-15-2006, 03:20 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by fly_zo:
If you are on XP,
before you go online (suspicious sites) allways make system check point. If you pick up something just roll back your system.
I have system restore shortcut on my desktop and it only takes few cliks and you are safe.
</div></BLOCKQUOTE>

hmmm..i dont think system restore works with virus's or spyware.

tryed it dozens of times and never helped

fly_zo
09-15-2006, 05:01 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by MadRuski:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by fly_zo:
If you are on XP,
before you go online (suspicious sites) allways make system check point. If you pick up something just roll back your system.
I have system restore shortcut on my desktop andit only takes few cliks and you are safe.
</div></BLOCKQUOTE>

hmmm..i dont think system restore works with virus's or spyware.

tryed it dozens of times and never helped </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

just fixed comp for my friend. He picked up something what changed his homepage and execute some software on Win start. ( even cleaning registry in safe mode didn't help). Rolled back sys restore and voila.
Sorry, but for me it works (not every time but still..).

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e287/fly_zo/sign_optim.jpg

MadRuski
09-15-2006, 05:50 AM
yeha i should say it worked twice on a weak little virus, but doesant on something heavier,...once had a virus that changed my WINDOWS.DL file, and no system restore or anti viruses worked on it, Symantec didnt even have a BIO on it, sooo...so had to call my super computer genius father to come over and fix it lol...turned out all i needed to do was download a DL file, and replace it lol.

Von_Rat
09-15-2006, 06:04 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Sama51:
I figured there must be a couple of souls on here able to help me out.. I know its very OT but figured its a location with those most likely to help.

Anywho.. I have a major pop up problem. I keep getting popups for particular things like a Sports page, casinos, travel sites, etc. They happen after I change pages every few times, very annoying, VERY distracting. I also get one that looks like an error window and says "If your PC is running slow you might have a virus, download [Product name here]" When I close it it brings up the ad for the site, then when I close that it sneds another error window templated pop up saying i did not complete the free scan or whatever.

These are very distracting and make it difficult to just browse... I only get them when using IE. Not wiht any other browsers. Yes, I could just use a different browser but if this is spyware or something, I want to get it off my machine, I just don't want a pop up infested browser if i can avoid it, it just isn't operating liek it should.

I've tried Spy Bot, clearing my cookies, downloading the latest internet explorer, turning my pop up blocker on high, and a virus scan. (With dated Norton.)

Any remedies would be GREATLY appreciated! I can give more info upon request. Sorry for intruding the forum wit this topic!

Thanks in advance. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

ok im no expert, but it sounds like you got a case of ransom ware. they put this krap on your computer, then try to get you to buy the software to get rid of it. i just recently had to remove some of this stuff from my brothers computer.

do a google search using whatever name the error window is giving you, look for web sites that help with these ransom ware problems, they'll tell you what the fix is. it usually involves downloading a free tool to remove the bugger. but make sure you read the opinions on how to fix it from several websites, that way you can be sure your not getting tricked into making the problem worse.

-HH- Beebop
09-15-2006, 06:52 AM
I've been using Firefox for over a year now and don't get popups any more.
I use a combination of Zone Alarm/AVG/AdAware/WinPatrol/SpySweeper and let them run in the background while on the 'Net. I also have enabled auto-updating and auto-scan/sweep (while I sleep) and so far (knock on wood), I've run a clean system. No hijacks/Virus Warnings etc. I also clean out the registry every two months or so or when ever things start to get sluggish.
All the programs suggested are quality stuff. I've tried several of them and my current combo is what seems to work best for me.
Abuzze;
Thanks for the link. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif My wife doesn't like Firefox so I've left an IE shorcut on my desktop for her. Of course then I clean up after her when she's done. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif If this allows those IE only sites to show up correctly in FF I'll be a happy camper and so will she.

general_kalle
09-15-2006, 08:46 AM
spyware malwate etc.
get Norman Antivirus.
thats working!!!

if u cant do it(malware denies acces then theres nothing else to do than to re install windows!!
if its not that bad norman antivirus should do it


FU**K! #"%¤%#¤&%¤ VIRUS MALWARE SPYWARE
HATE IT

fly_zo
09-15-2006, 01:51 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by MadRuski:
yeha i should say it worked twice on a weak little virus, but doesant on something heavier,...once had a virus that changed my WINDOWS.DL file, and no system restore or anti viruses worked on it, Symantec didnt even have a BIO on it, sooo...so had to call my super computer genius father to come over and fix it lol...turned out all i needed to do was download a DL file, and replace it lol. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

100% right m8.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e287/fly_zo/sign_optim.jpg

Sama51
09-15-2006, 02:09 PM
Thanks for the inoput guys! Deffiantely going to get firefox and thanks for the addon Abbuzze... that was the only thing that had me a little skeptical of Firefox. I'll try some of the anti-virus and spyware removers posted too..

My browser is just too sluggish the way it is now.

How do I clean out the registry?

Sama51
09-15-2006, 10:08 PM
Abbuzze

Those 2 programs helped! No more pop ups! Thanks a bunch m8!

Taylortony
09-16-2006, 04:45 AM
As for sluggish try the likes of a programme called windows washer............ I run everynight at shutdown ( automaticaly) it cleans all the stuff from the web off from that day as it shuts down, cookies, page history, all of it, It is overall excellent, you can trial it here http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif so that will help you for free

http://www.downloadatoz.com/wwasher/

main site

http://www.webroot.com/consumer/products/windowwasher/