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24-Aug-2002 | self

Posted on 08/24/2002 4:39:40 PM PDT by Khepera

Has anyone else been getting pop-up ads while surfing freeRepublic? I have gotten several without leaving this site. The latest is the Official 2002 Smokers survey which asks me to enter my name address and other information to win a flat screen TV. This one poped up after I clicked on the "Messages" link.


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1 posted on 08/24/2002 4:39:40 PM PDT by Khepera
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To: Khepera
No...
2 posted on 08/24/2002 4:42:59 PM PDT by stands2reason
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To: Khepera
No, I haven't had any.
3 posted on 08/24/2002 4:43:36 PM PDT by SeaDragon
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To: Khepera
Go directly to ZDNET.

Do not pass GO.

Go directly to "downloads".

Download "Analog X Pow" and rid yourself of those ugly and smelly pests...
4 posted on 08/24/2002 4:44:24 PM PDT by Vidalia
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To: Khepera
I've NEVER seen advertising on FR. You've likely gotten an applet installed that sends your browsing habits to an advertising company. Get yourself Ad-Aware (freeware) and get rid of it.
5 posted on 08/24/2002 4:44:42 PM PDT by Doohickey
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To: Vidalia
Someone said I had spyware on my machine but I don''t know what that is.
6 posted on 08/24/2002 4:45:20 PM PDT by Khepera
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To: Khepera
BTW, works fine on Windows XP...
7 posted on 08/24/2002 4:45:46 PM PDT by Vidalia
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To: Vidalia
Also at ZDNet, PopUp Killer.
8 posted on 08/24/2002 4:46:48 PM PDT by Leisler
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To: Vidalia
Spyware is what I was referring to in my #5.
9 posted on 08/24/2002 4:47:09 PM PDT by Doohickey
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To: Khepera
You may be getting pop-ups generated by a spyware program running in the background. Get a program called Ad-aware from www.lavasoft.com and install it, run it, and it will clean your computer of spyware programs.
10 posted on 08/24/2002 4:47:31 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa
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To: Khepera
Your computer has been infected with a program akin to VX2. It's a nasty program that hides in your comp and sends pop-ups out to 3rd party websites.

Go here to remove it.

http://www.lavasoftusa.com/
11 posted on 08/24/2002 4:49:33 PM PDT by Bogey78O
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To: Khepera
EVERYTHING YOU NEED IS HERE FOR FREE
12 posted on 08/24/2002 4:49:45 PM PDT by Dallas
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To: Khepera
Go HERE and get Ad-aware v5.83.

With this you can detect and remove the spyware...
13 posted on 08/24/2002 4:52:10 PM PDT by Vidalia
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To: Dallas
Great I'm going to fight those ads
14 posted on 08/24/2002 4:54:09 PM PDT by Khepera
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To: Khepera
When you, or your kids, download "free" software from the internet they will often attach programs that will track your internet activity and direct ads to you. These programs are not detected by virus scans because they are technically legal (you agreed to this, when you clicked ok).

It is not uncommon to find dozens of these so-called "spyware" programs on your computer.

This program will help you detect and remove them:
http://www.lavasoft.com

15 posted on 08/24/2002 4:54:19 PM PDT by dinasour
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To: dinasour
I'm running it right now Thanks you guys. Very helpful
16 posted on 08/24/2002 4:56:47 PM PDT by Khepera
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To: dinasour
Learnign software from Japan? Hehe. There are two Lavasofts.
17 posted on 08/24/2002 4:56:52 PM PDT by Bogey78O
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To: Khepera
Be careful and back-up the files before you delete them. It gives you that option when it lists them to you.
18 posted on 08/24/2002 4:58:14 PM PDT by Bogey78O
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To: Khepera
It also seems to make you double post. :^)

a.cricket

19 posted on 08/24/2002 4:59:32 PM PDT by another cricket
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To: Leisler
Try the Analog X, it gives you the choice of selection and will not stop normal Windows pop ups when you open a window that is smaller than your default.
20 posted on 08/24/2002 4:59:56 PM PDT by Vidalia
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To: Bogey78O
ok thanks
21 posted on 08/24/2002 5:00:42 PM PDT by Khepera
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To: Khepera

I'm running it right now Thanks you guys. Very helpful

Freeper geeks have a long tradition of trying to be helpful.
 

22 posted on 08/24/2002 5:05:42 PM PDT by dinasour
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To: dinasour
That was amazing. It found at least 100 files which I bbacked up and have now deleted.
23 posted on 08/24/2002 5:12:51 PM PDT by Khepera
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To: Khepera
yes
25 posted on 08/24/2002 5:19:27 PM PDT by big bad easter bunny
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To: jbind
Sometimes. Usually. Every now and then there are programs that you might desire that use spyware. Such as Kazza, for example. If you delete the malicious file it will not work. So backing it up can help you if you delete a file that you may want.
26 posted on 08/24/2002 5:23:36 PM PDT by Bogey78O
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To: Khepera
http://www.webwasher.com
27 posted on 08/24/2002 5:23:45 PM PDT by dhuffman@awod.com
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To: Khepera
Here's a good link for opt-outs: http://www.hot-deals.org/optoutads/
28 posted on 08/24/2002 5:26:34 PM PDT by July 4th
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To: dhuffman@awod.com
Great info, thanks. Man am I glad I asked.
29 posted on 08/24/2002 5:27:02 PM PDT by Khepera
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To: Khepera
Pretty much all the software mentioned thus far, is located at the site I mentioned....

Go get em....

31 posted on 08/24/2002 5:29:28 PM PDT by Dallas
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To: Dallas
Man I got rid of a bunch of stuff... This explains so much traffic in my firewall logs.
32 posted on 08/24/2002 5:31:51 PM PDT by Khepera
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To: dinasour
I still have a lot of unexplained traffic being block by my firewall. Does anyone know what I can do to combat this intrusive activity?
33 posted on 08/24/2002 5:36:21 PM PDT by Khepera
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To: Dallas
Hmmmnn.... Interesting site there, Dallas. I'll have to check it out.

Right now, I run ad-aware every once in a while. I have yet to find any spy-ware, unless there's some spyware out there that it doesn't catch.

34 posted on 08/24/2002 5:39:44 PM PDT by meyer
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To: Khepera
Whew....I bet you're relieved.

These kind of intrusions really tick me off....along with junk faxes/phone solicitation/traffic/moose bites.......awwhhhhhhhhh...somebody stop me.

35 posted on 08/24/2002 5:41:35 PM PDT by Dallas
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To: Khepera
I still have a lot of unexplained traffic being block by my firewall. Does anyone know what I can do to combat this intrusive activity?

Are you using Zone-alarm? I use it and it works well at blocking access and in blocking programs on your computer from accessing the web. I had 21 hits today, many from the same site or at least the same network with only a different last 3 digits.

I don't know what you can do to stop the attempted intrusions from outside.

36 posted on 08/24/2002 5:43:39 PM PDT by meyer
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To: Khepera
check where they're connecting to. Do a whois search somewhere like Same Spade or Geektools. It'll give you the company that owns the address it's connecting to. That can sometimes clue you off.
37 posted on 08/24/2002 5:44:24 PM PDT by Bogey78O
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To: Dallas
Yes I'm very happy about getting that junk off my machine. It was having a bad affect on my cursor since it was eating up my CPU.
38 posted on 08/24/2002 5:44:52 PM PDT by Khepera
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To: meyer
http://samspade.org
39 posted on 08/24/2002 5:44:57 PM PDT by Bogey78O
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To: meyer
Look in the "Security and Privacy" section under the "Cache and Cookie" listing for anti-spyware.....but I think Lavasoft's Adware pretty much handles it.
40 posted on 08/24/2002 5:46:38 PM PDT by Dallas
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To: Bogey78O
Kazaa Lite

no spyware ...

41 posted on 08/24/2002 5:52:20 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: Khepera
Is this inbound activity or programs trying to connect to the Internet. You can't do much about the former, it's a wild internet out there. The latter could be evidence of a problem.

The ad programs that we have been talking about usually don’t show up on firewall logs because they use the browser, which is a trusted program.

42 posted on 08/24/2002 5:53:27 PM PDT by dinasour
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To: SeaDragon
http://66.40.16.201/popup_killer/index.html
43 posted on 08/24/2002 5:54:21 PM PDT by Nick Thimmesch
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To: meyer

44 posted on 08/24/2002 5:54:42 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: Khepera
I was hit by about eight pop-up ads this afternoon when I clicked on a link that a Freeper provided. Fortunately, I'm quick and I can generally ZAP them before they're fully loaded.

I was going to excoriate the Freeper but then I was afraid that he would just hit me with more.
45 posted on 08/24/2002 5:56:21 PM PDT by jackbill
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To: tomkat
They say it can support up to 253 users but I'd be damned before I split my ADSL with that many people.
46 posted on 08/24/2002 5:57:18 PM PDT by Bogey78O
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To: tomkat
Now that's a nasty collection of pop-ups!
47 posted on 08/24/2002 6:00:10 PM PDT by meyer
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To: tomkat
I may be looking into something of this sort when I get around to networking the house next year. I'm starting to get 2.0 GHZ fever and will probably be buying a new machine soon (if I can find one that doesn't have a "pre-loaded" operating system). I'm not ready to make the Linux/Unix jump, but I want win-2000, not XP.
48 posted on 08/24/2002 6:05:08 PM PDT by meyer
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To: Bogey78O
ditto that

ya might wanna look into upgrading to 1.5 Mbps service.
usually only about $20/mo more, and an exponential difference in speed ...

49 posted on 08/24/2002 6:05:39 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: meyer
think about building your own box.

it's really fairly straightforward,
and you've got some great geeks in this place to help w/questions.

50 posted on 08/24/2002 6:07:48 PM PDT by tomkat
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