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Tech help needed
10/21/11

Posted on 10/21/2011 6:51:14 AM PDT by pabianice

Can someone recommend a good pop-up stopper (preferrably free)? I have one installed but pop-ups have nearly stopped my PC from downloading anything.

Thanks.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: computer; help; microsoft; tech

1 posted on 10/21/2011 6:51:20 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice

IT would help if you told us what browser you’re using. Suggest you switch to FireFox and use the NoScript plugin.


2 posted on 10/21/2011 6:53:14 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: pabianice

Spybot Search and Destroy
Find an old copy of AtGuard, look for FOSI Atguard on google.


3 posted on 10/21/2011 6:54:08 AM PDT by NowApproachingMidnight (“Civilizations die from suicide, not murder.")
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To: pabianice
It would help if you told us what Operating System and which Browser you are using.

In the meantime, you might want to try a different browser. Many (most? all?) browsers have a "no popup" checkbox which should solve your problem.

4 posted on 10/21/2011 6:54:14 AM PDT by Johnny B.
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To: pabianice

We need more system info. Tell us what you are running, machine type etc.

Sounds more like you need some virus killing


5 posted on 10/21/2011 6:54:18 AM PDT by Leofl (I'm from Texas, we don't dial 9-11)
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To: pabianice

Download.com has lots of free software.


6 posted on 10/21/2011 6:56:47 AM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: Johnny B.

Using Explorer 6 with XP.


7 posted on 10/21/2011 6:57:04 AM PDT by pabianice (")
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8 posted on 10/21/2011 6:57:08 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: pabianice

What kind of toaster are you using?


9 posted on 10/21/2011 6:57:36 AM PDT by WayneS (Comments now include 25% more sarcasm at NO additional charge.)
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To: pabianice; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

10 posted on 10/21/2011 6:57:53 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: pabianice

yea it really does sound like you have malware infections. What is your antivirus? for spyware I like superantispyware.com.


11 posted on 10/21/2011 6:59:02 AM PDT by waynesa98
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To: pabianice
Using Explorer 6 with XP.

That's your biggest problem. IE6 is a HUGE bug magnet now that MS stopped support for it. You need to be on IE8, at a minimum.

Every browser iteration since IE5 has had built-in pop-up blocking. If you're using a third part solution, uninstall it and see if the built-in pop-up blocker does the job.

12 posted on 10/21/2011 7:01:13 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: waynesa98

I use Microsoft Security Essentials...it’s a free download from Microsoft and it works fine for me. Got rid of Norton, etc., and I’m happy.


13 posted on 10/21/2011 7:03:39 AM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: pabianice
Using Explorer 6 with XP.
Internet Explorer 6 is way out of date! It was also a disaster regarding vulnerabilities to malware.

The quickest solution is to go to http://www.mozilla.org, download and install Firefox and see how that works for you. I'm pretty sure that Firefox has a setting to prevent popup windows. There are also add-ons that will lock down the web browser to avoid getting malware.

Also, as someone else on this thread mentioned, there is a good chance you have viruses or other malware on your computer. There are several free anti-virus programs that can help you clean up your system. I don't normally run Windows, so I haven't kept up with the latest reviews, but I'm sure others on this forum can provide suggestions.

14 posted on 10/21/2011 7:06:16 AM PDT by Johnny B.
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To: pabianice

If you use Messenger, pop-ups can circumvent it.

Firefox has several add-ons that might work, if you use that browser.

Years ago, I used a program called Pop-up Stopper. It worked pretty good at first. Then the advertisers found ways to get around it.

Some browsers have Flash stopper add-ons.

You might try a Google search, depending on your set-up.


15 posted on 10/21/2011 7:18:55 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: pabianice

Download malwarebytes from malwarebytes.org and scan/clean your computer. If you can’t get to the site (some malware will prevent it), download the malwarebytes install file to another computer, burn it on cd, and then move it over that way.

I’d bet a beer that you have over 100 infected files if your computer is grinding to almost a halt. Once malwarebytes does its thing, install a real time antivirus product. Microsoft Security Essentials is a good one and it’s free.

If you are still infected, you may have something called a “Rootkit” virus. I’ve found that downloading an app called “combofix” from a site called bleepingcomputer.com will help clear out some really nasty embedded malware.

Sometimes cleaning this stuff will mess with your internet browser settings, so you may need to reset those when the cleaning is done.

You may also only be able to run some or all of these anti-malware products in “safe mode”. You can try to run them in safe mode by rebooting your computer, press the F8 key a few times while the computer is booting up, then select “safe mode with networking”

If you just can’t punch through and get the problem solved, there is probably some dude like me nearby that would clean it for $50 and get it back to you within 24-48 hours.


16 posted on 10/21/2011 7:20:33 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Johnny B.
Internet Explorer 6 is way out of date!

It may be, but 7 and 8 are pretty much junk. I tried 7, deleted it. I have 8 on the Win7 laptop only because it came with the laptop. It keeps wanting me to upgrade to 9. I keep clicking 'no thanks'.

I use an early tabbed browser -- Fastbrowser Pro -- that works excellent with FR (except for some of the blog websites that cause crashes). I even put the tabbed browser on Win7, and it works -- except for a few minor things. That tabbed browser is based on IE6. It has some editing add-ons that are not available, not have I found comparable tools, for later editions of IE.


17 posted on 10/21/2011 7:27:22 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy
It may be, but 7 and 8 are pretty much junk.
That may be true, but IE6 is dangerous.

The only reason to continue to use IE6 is when it's the only supported browser for some legacy web app. Many businesses have crappy in-house web sites that won't work with anything more modern than IE6.

Using a non-supported, out-of-date web browser like IE6 is a great way to get a computer full of malware.

Since the original poster was complaining that his browser had become almost unusable, the quickest way for him to work around the problem is to switch to another browser.

18 posted on 10/21/2011 7:35:01 AM PDT by Johnny B.
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To: mmichaels1970

I started using an image program a few years ago on XP. I have my OS on a 30gb partition, so the image is pretty small and the files can easily be put on a USB external HD.

The beauty of image programs is that, if you do need to re-image your OS due to crash/corruption, you don’t have to reinstall individual programs or spend a day redoing the settings. The ‘image’ puts your system to the configuration it was at the time of the imaging. [I keep data on a separate partition — and back up to a USB hard drive, so even if the OS becomes corrupted, I don’t lose my data.]

Clonegenius [now Spotmau Data Backup http://www.spotmau.com/data-backup.html] is a nice imaging program I use on my XP desktop.

My Samsung Win7 laptop came with a Samsung imaging program as one of its standard programs.

Imaging programs can save many hour of reinstalling and reconfiguring.

[/end soap box]


19 posted on 10/21/2011 7:38:15 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Victor

you might try microsoft’s stand alone security sweeper, just to make sure you have no infections. Its free you make a cd or bootable usb stick


20 posted on 10/21/2011 7:49:40 AM PDT by waynesa98
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To: pabianice

Depending on how savvy you are with your computer you could consider www.privoxy.org. You install it as a separate application then point your browser (any browser) using its “proxy” setting to it at “localhost:8118”.

This sends the entire http traffic stream through it for filtering. It gets rid of a lot of junk and annoyances. I have used it for 7-8 years or thereabouts. Keep in mind nothing works 100%. Some sites use very annoying HTML techniques to popup windows.

If you use Firefox i use the plugin Foxyproxy with Privoxy which allows granular rules. In rare circumstances you have to exclude a site from its filtering.


21 posted on 10/21/2011 8:03:27 AM PDT by brandon24
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To: pabianice

It also sounds like you could have some malware possibly that has made its way onto your computer.

I use the free versions of Malwarebytes http://www.malwarebytes.org/ and Spybot http://www.safer-networking.org for periodic manual scanning paired with a realtime AV. I use Norton Internet Security paid version but, AVG free http://free.avg.com is good.

You can get all the free stuff installed from here easily http://ninite.com/


22 posted on 10/21/2011 8:12:11 AM PDT by brandon24
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To: waynesa98

>>you might try microsoft’s stand alone security sweeper

Discovered that the other day (System Sweeper Beta) when my sister called me after getting a root kit and trojan. It worked nicely.

http://connect.microsoft.com/systemsweeper


23 posted on 10/21/2011 8:13:59 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: pabianice

Holy hiatus. IE is a pox on the internet. Google Chrome, Firefox, anything but IE. In reality I think it important to have more than one browser you use on a regular basis, just as a check and comparison on how things work or don’t. If you don’t, you have no idea about speed of page loading email support, quirks, popup blocking, chat functions, video viewing, etc etc.


24 posted on 10/21/2011 8:23:37 AM PDT by wita
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To: waynesa98
"...you might try microsoft’s stand alone security sweeper, just to make sure you have no infections. Its free you make a cd or bootable usb stick...."

Cool. Thanks for the tip....

25 posted on 10/21/2011 8:34:40 AM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: WayneS
It would have to be one of these...


26 posted on 10/21/2011 8:34:44 AM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: MarineMom613

B/M


27 posted on 10/21/2011 8:46:53 AM PDT by MarineMom613 (RIP Sandra Sue, my fur baby 12/31/1999 ~ 7/2/2010 - See you on the other side!)
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To: pabianice

Firefox.


28 posted on 10/21/2011 8:47:53 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Attacking Wall Street because you're jobless is like burning down Whole Foods because you're hungry.)
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To: pabianice
Bayden Popup Popper

Or if you want to filter ads too, use IE7 Pro

30 posted on 10/21/2011 10:22:59 AM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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