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#1 aberdeenbarb


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Posted 24 May 2005 - 12:37 PM

I use comcast and have never been bothered by popups before (since JAN 05) and now they are here in force. I haven't changed any settings, and even when I set the security for popups on high, they are still coming. In fact, even when I am not online, they come! They are driving me crazy! I have run spybot every day and still they come! What should I try next? How can they show up when I'm using Word and not even online? We turn the modem off when we're not online, too. HELP!!! barb

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#2 scorpsteals


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Posted 24 May 2005 - 02:33 PM

Surely a spyware sitting on your computer. Try other spyware removal tools other than spybot and dont forget to update spyware definitions. Probably you should also look at webroot's spysweeper, spyware blaster is free, and most importantly get windows SP2. it has a pop up blocker that can block such pop ups.

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Posted 24 May 2005 - 06:59 PM

The following may address the problem.

Freeware AntiSpyware and Security Programs

Software firewalls with freeware versions (The Windows XP firewall is insufficient as it only protects against incoming risks and not against outgoing. Get one of these or another of your choosing - install it and then disable the Windows firewall)
Zone Alarm SE: http://www.zonealarm.com/
Sygate: http://www.sygate.com/

Antivirus programs - freeware (you can only use one resident anti-virus program on your computer. More than one will conflict with each other)

AVG: http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_index.php

Avast Anti-virus freeware

Anti-malware freeware (You can run as many of these as you wish. Generally there is no conflict between these and you should always run several)

AdAware: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
Microsoft Antispyware Beta: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
SpywareBlaster: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):

CWShredder from InterMute
CW Shredder removes some variants of spyware known as the Coolwebsearch Trojan. The Trojan takes advantage of a flaw in a key component of Windows -- Microsoft's version of the Java Virtual Machine -- to install itself via popups often found on porn and illegal software (a.k.a. "warez") sites. Run CWShredder after installing, and have it look for updates. Then click the "Fix" button, and the program will both scan and fix any problems it finds. If your system does not have this kind of spyware, it will give you the good news.
Cost: Free

Hijack This and a variety of other tools to address malware and pestware or

Web based online Antivirus and anti-malware scans: (these can be run regardless of whatever else you are using. You must use Internet Explorer to run these.)

Panda Activescan (IE only)

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scanner

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