Adware issues... HELP

Discussion in 'Virus Information' started by Shooter, Jun 22, 2004.

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    Shooter Guest

    How in the world can I stop ADWARE popups. Every time I
    try to enetr an email address, an Adware pop-up appears
    and blocks me from the internet
    Shooter, Jun 22, 2004
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    Phil Weldon Guest


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    Phil Weldon, Jun 22, 2004
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    Kevin Guest

    Download and install and run one of the many cleaners, such as AdAware from
    Kevin, Jun 22, 2004
  4. Greetings --

    There are at least three varieties of pop-ups, and the solutions
    vary accordingly. Which specific type(s) is troubling you?

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

    This type of spam has become quite common over the past year or
    so, 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 most definitely open to other threats, such as the Blaster,
    Welchia, and Sasser Worms that still haunt the Internet. 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;en-us;168893

    Messenger Service Window That Contains an Internet Advertisement

    Stopping Advertisements with Messenger Service Titles

    Blocking Ads, Parasites, and Hijackers with a Hosts File

    If you're using AOL, you'll either need to find a 3rd party
    firewall that is compatible with AOL, or switch to a real ISP that is
    compatible with the real Internet. This is because AOL is an on-line
    content provider that ignores international Internetworking standards
    in favor of its own proprietary products, and has deliberately made
    its connection software incompatible with both WinXP's built-in
    firewall and WinXP's Internet Connection Sharing feature. AOL's
    proprietary connection applet is deliberately designed to preclude
    your setting/adjusting any of its properties, to include
    enabling/disabling WinXP's ICF and ICS.

    Whichever firewall you decide upon, be sure to ensure UDP ports
    135, 137, and 138 and TCP ports 135, 139, and 445 are _all_ blocked.
    You may also disable Inbound NetBIOS (NetBIOS over TCP/IP). You'll
    have to follow the instructions from firewall's manufacturer for the
    specific steps.

    You can test your firewall at:

    Symantec Security Check

    Security Scan - Sygate Online Services

    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

    2) For regular Internet pop-ups, you might try the free 12Ghosts
    Popup-killer from, Pop-Up Stopper
    from, or the free Google Toolbar from, which is what I use.

    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 and SpyBot Search & Destroy from 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.

    Bruce Chambers
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    You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on
    having both at once. - RAH
    Bruce Chambers, Jun 22, 2004
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