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Pop-up Blocker Help, Please
7/11/14

Posted on 07/11/2014 11:22:42 AM PDT by pabianice

I am being buried by pop-ups. Every third screen I see is another pop-up, using either IExplorer or Firefox. When I log into FR I get a flashing pop-up to the left of the screen from "WebCrawl." It has never been this bad before.

Recommendations, please for a blocker.


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1 posted on 07/11/2014 11:22:42 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; ...
FWIW--I recommend AdBlocker Plus for Firefox.
2 posted on 07/11/2014 11:23:34 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: pabianice

Install the Ad Block Plus add-on in Firefox.

Click “Tools” on the top menu and select “Add-ons.”


3 posted on 07/11/2014 11:24:00 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: pabianice

AdBlocker Plus + NoScript


4 posted on 07/11/2014 11:24:14 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

It also never hurts to install and run Malwarebytes.


5 posted on 07/11/2014 11:25:43 AM PDT by pnut22
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To: pabianice

Ad Blocker. It’s free. Also Spybot and run once a week.


6 posted on 07/11/2014 11:25:56 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....should' Nuff said!)
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To: pabianice

You’re probably infected with some form of malware. Clean that up and then install an ad blocker. In general, don’t use Internet Explorer unless you have to; I’m less and less fond of Firefox as time goes on, but it’s still superior in terms of keeping your system safe.

I’d also look at using Opera or Safari instead, not only are they both safer than IE, they’re generally not as often targeted by malware.


7 posted on 07/11/2014 11:25:59 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: ShadowAce

No popup ads here , that’s why Freep has funding drives ,, you have unwittingly installed malware ,, I suggest getting ADAWARE , Malwarebytes and “SpyBot Search and Destroy” ,, I use filehippo.com ...


8 posted on 07/11/2014 11:26:17 AM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: ShadowAce

With Firefox go to Tools and plug ins. There a number of good plug ins and add ons to fix this. However, download a copy of Malwarebytes and run this first . You may have malware giving you these pop ups .


9 posted on 07/11/2014 11:27:10 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: pabianice

In Explorer, click on the little gear on the far right, top. Go to “internet options.” Select “privacy” tab. Select “pop-up blocker.” Check it. Look at “option” to see that somebody hasn’t allowed the world to opt out.


10 posted on 07/11/2014 11:27:30 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: ShadowAce

Recently exploring Chrome, with ABPlus and ScriptSafe. Finding it faster than Pale Moon.


11 posted on 07/11/2014 11:27:41 AM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: kevkrom
You’re probably infected with some form of malware.

Yes. Freerepublic has no popups.

12 posted on 07/11/2014 11:28:49 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: pabianice
I am being buried by pop-ups.

You picked up some malware by clicking on some blog.

It's always the dang blogs.

13 posted on 07/11/2014 11:30:15 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: pabianice

Ditch explorer.

In palemoon (probably the same in firefox) go to Tools/Options/Content and be sure the check-box “block popup windows” is checked.


14 posted on 07/11/2014 11:30:27 AM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: pabianice

If it’s happening while you’re on FR you’ve got some malicious code attached to your browser. You might try something like spybot or adaware to clean it up. We have no pop ups on FR. Or perhaps just clear your local cache, delete cookies and reboot. That sometimes clears up weird problems.


15 posted on 07/11/2014 11:30:32 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: pabianice
Also Better Privacy which deletes Super Cookies commonly known as LSO’s (Local Shared Object) and Do not Track me. These are all add ons in your browser tool bar.
16 posted on 07/11/2014 11:30:52 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....should' Nuff said!)
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To: pabianice

On you knees and bowdown to the Google overlords.....


17 posted on 07/11/2014 11:32:03 AM PDT by wxgesr (I wanna be the first person to surf on another planet......)
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To: pabianice

http://www.enigmasoftware.com/fakewebcrawler-removal/

fyi - I am not vouching for their solution.


18 posted on 07/11/2014 11:32:05 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: pnut22; Neidermeyer
Question, guys. I've had Malwarebytes for sometime and so far I've liked it. What do you guys think of Trend Micro? I've heard having both are good for the best protection.

(With Trend Micro you have to renew & pay every year but Malwarebytes is a pay one time only deal, so I kept Malwarebytes and let Trend Micro go.)

19 posted on 07/11/2014 11:34:04 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: pabianice

Get GHOSTERY.


20 posted on 07/11/2014 11:34:06 AM PDT by macglencoe (You see what the left hand is doing, but you should be watching the right hand.)
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To: pabianice

sounds like you got a virus/trojan horse/bug of some sort in your system.


21 posted on 07/11/2014 11:34:34 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: pabianice

It’s malware. It configures your browser to send you ads and to sites of their choosing. Get Malwarebytes and run a scan, it’s free.


22 posted on 07/11/2014 11:37:41 AM PDT by Corporate Democrat
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To: pabianice

I think you have been infected by “Vondoo”... Nasty, I got rid of it once for a friend with the help of “Pro’s”, Malawarebytes and Combofix maybe your only friends @ this point....


23 posted on 07/11/2014 11:40:09 AM PDT by taildragger (Not my Circus, Not my Monkey ( Boy does that apply to DC...))
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To: macglencoe
Roger that.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

24 posted on 07/11/2014 11:41:21 AM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: ShadowAce

Wipe the drive and reinstall your OS. then set it to disable cookies.


25 posted on 07/11/2014 11:42:11 AM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, deport all illegal aliens, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: pnut22

Malwarebytes works quite well, but my favorite A/V software leaves it with little to do most of the time.


26 posted on 07/11/2014 11:50:51 AM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: pabianice

Its more than ads, you have some kind of adware installed which is pushing these. Probably installed with that latest software you ran. Check firefox add ons and disable.

Run mawwarebytes and ccleaner. Run anti-virus scan


27 posted on 07/11/2014 11:52:16 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: pabianice

I want to echo everyone’s recommendation to install Malwarebytes.

But I find it works best if you run it after you’ve started up in Safe Mode with Networking.


28 posted on 07/11/2014 11:52:27 AM PDT by wolfpat (Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. -- Cicero)
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To: pabianice

A pop-up blocker will not help you, because you are infected with adware/viruses.

#1 Download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (free version):

https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

#2 Download RKill (free):

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/rkill/

#3 Download Sophos Anti-Rootkit (trial version):

https://secure2.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-anti-rootkit/download.aspx

Restart your computer and press F8 before the Windows screen comes up to bring up the boot menu. Select “Safe Mode with Networking Support”.

When Windows starts up, run RKill first, this will stop any virus/malware processes that managed to start up in Safe Mode. Next, run MalwareBytes scan and remove anything that it finds. Then, run Sophos Anti-Rootkit to make sure that the bad stuff doesn’t just reinstall itself when you reboot.

95% of the time, that should fix your problems. If not, report back and we can try some other stuff.


29 posted on 07/11/2014 12:06:24 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: PapaNew

TrendMicro is one of the better premium anti-viruses, but it still will not catch everything. Most attacks nowadays package so many viruses and trojans together, that it is nearly impossible for any one antivirus suite to detect and remove everything.

What will usually happen is that your paid anti-virus that runs all the time, like TrendMicro, will detect some of the malware and remove it, while leaving others in place. So when you see that “Virus detected and quarantined” thing pop up, you should really break out MalwareBytes and other free utilities and do a full scan to see what else is still infecting you. The premium antivirus is more like an “early warning system” than anything else.


30 posted on 07/11/2014 12:11:01 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

or you can install linux of mac os and get rid of 99% of the problem without having to be a sysadim


31 posted on 07/11/2014 12:23:20 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: kevkrom

I use mostly Opera now. Firefox is useless because the addons are so numerous as to make any site I go to visible for only seconds at a time. Sea Monkey which I have long used is truncating itself out of existence. I use Spybot and Malwarebytes. My ad blocker is apparently blocked. Opera, so far, is smooth and untroubled. How do advertisers profit from effectively shutting down internet access?


32 posted on 07/11/2014 12:24:02 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: pabianice
I will give a thumbs up for Spybot and AdBlocker for ease of use, reasonably effective. Your bigger concern will be if you are getting those kinds of popups to watch out for old "Virus detected, you need to update your anti-virus software" malware. Those viruses suck.

I am not that current on virus trends because I went to the dark side, paid the apple tax, became a fanboy, and whatever other derogatory terms people use for switching to Apple.

33 posted on 07/11/2014 12:27:47 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: pabianice

M4L


34 posted on 07/11/2014 12:33:05 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob
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To: pabianice
Internet Explorer is no longer supported by Microsoft. Even when it was it was not very good at stopping malware.

Best solution is get an Apple computer. Next best is probably to use Google Chrome. If you sign up for G-mail you can get their browser.

Like it it not, Google is not going away. Once you have an e-mail account with them, you will never have to change it. It is for life. If your cable provider changes for whatever reason, the G-Mail will be there with the same address and your password(s.) they also support their browser. Meanwhile, I rarely use Google for searching as a matter of principle.

35 posted on 07/11/2014 12:43:02 PM PDT by Radix ("..Democrats are holding a meeting today to decide whether to overturn the results of the election.")
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To: BereanBrain

Yeah, and you could also put on skinny hipster jeans and hang out at the organic grocer acting superior to the little people.


36 posted on 07/11/2014 12:46:06 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

I guess you can put on your “old dude” glasses and read thick manuals.

While you are at it, please update your punch cards.

Windows is a dumping ground / open sore sinkhole for virus/malware.

That’s a fact. Nothing political. If you don’t like it, get it changed. Microsoft has had 20+ years to fix it, and won’t and/or can’t.


37 posted on 07/11/2014 1:07:23 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: Neidermeyer

I suggest getting ADAWARE”

We use Adaware and Malwarebytes and they seem to periodically really get a workout. The last couple of days seems like every site I log onto Adaware screening pops up. These are business sites which we have to use to get our work transmitted, not social. Somebody’s busy out there with the mischief.


38 posted on 07/11/2014 1:21:51 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: wxgesr

On you knees and bowdown to the Google overlords.....

But make sure you put on your burqua first and then repeat after me in Spanish.....”


39 posted on 07/11/2014 1:24:00 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: PapaNew
Actually, for an either/ or choice between Trend Micro and MalwareBytes, a better choice would be to keep TM and ditch MB. They are for completely different purposes with TM providing antivirus + firewall and MB being a malware cleaner after the computer is infected. Antivirus/firewall are defense against a malware infection occurring. Separate from a malware infection though, the are some varieties of ad pop ups that can get past the blocking and if this is too a annoying then AdAware is a good product to stomp them down a bit more.

For example, for my previous Windows 7 computer and for my current Windows 8.1 computer, I run TM and instead of MB use a registry maintenance program called ARO. Since switching to TM plus having Windows firewall enabled, I have never had a malware infection so ended up removing MB. In addition, I have the Internet Explorer firewall enabled, have the IE set to clear cookies and history when exiting plus the IE malware removal tool runs once per month during the routine update check.

A bonus is that for the TM yearly fee, it includes several licenses so I have TM running on the Windows PC laptop, my iPhone and an Apple MacBook Air. Heck, I even ran TM on my Kindle before it busted. Once on the Kindle, TM blocked installation of a new App when it detected embedded malware code.

40 posted on 07/11/2014 1:50:28 PM PDT by Hootowl99
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To: Hootowl99

Thanks for the info, I appreciate it. I may go ahead and re-activate TM (but annoyingly, I’ll have to uninstall MB to install TM and then re-install MB (free because I’ve already paid for MB)).


41 posted on 07/11/2014 1:57:20 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: BereanBrain

“That’s a fact. Nothing political.”

No, it’s not political, it’s just a douche move to go around trolling threads of Windows users who have a problem to try and rub in their faces your Mac/Linux superiority complex.


42 posted on 07/11/2014 2:00:57 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Radix
"Internet Explorer is no longer supported by Microsoft."

Huh? Sure you are not confusing Internet Explorer with Windows XP?

"Microsoft details Internet Explorer 12 features as release date gets closer"

43 posted on 07/11/2014 2:03:23 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: pabianice

In addition to AdBlock Plus, I also recommend the AdBlock Plus popup extension. It handles popups and popovers much better than ABP itself.


44 posted on 07/12/2014 5:40:13 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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