Jump to content


 


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.


Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Photo

Odd Popup Error message


  • Please log in to reply
17 replies to this topic

#1 cyberhelp

cyberhelp

  • Members
  • 31 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:09:04 AM

Posted 13 August 2010 - 04:45 PM

I am running Win7 HPx64 on a Dell. The OS is retail installed by me and I am using MSE with nary a peep out of it. The other day I got a popup I have never seen or heard of before and I am looking for ideas on where it might have come from. I have subsequently had to reboot the box and the popup has not returned. Unless the popup is generated by the bios (doubtful) it is unlikely to be anything from Dell, as the OS was clean installed. Any ideas?


EDIT: Moved from XP to Win7~~boopme

Attached Files


Edited by boopme, 13 August 2010 - 06:24 PM.


BC AdBot (Login to Remove)

 


#2 Broni

Broni

    The Coolest BC Computer


  • BC Advisor
  • 42,696 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Daly City, CA
  • Local time:08:04 AM

Posted 13 August 2010 - 09:14 PM

Your screenshot is not clickable.

My Website

p4433470.gif

My help doesn't cost a penny, but if you'd like to consider a donation, click p22001735.gif


 


#3 MrBruce1959

MrBruce1959

    My cat Oreo


  • BC Advisor
  • 6,377 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Norwich, Connecticut. in the USA
  • Local time:11:04 AM

Posted 14 August 2010 - 10:19 AM

Was the pop up a windows based notification or was it a web site pop up?

We need more information from you before we can assist you in any way with this issue.

Kind regards.

Bruce.
Welcome to Bleeping Computer! :welcome:
New Members: Please click here for the Bleeping Computer Forum Board Rules
 
My Career Involves 37 Years as an Electronics Repair Technician, to Which I am Currently Retired From.

I Am Currently Using Windows 10 Home Edition.

As a Volunteer Staff Member of Bleeping Computer, the Help That I Proudly Provide Here To Our BC Forum Board Membership is Free of Charge. :wink:

#4 cyberhelp

cyberhelp
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 31 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:09:04 AM

Posted 15 August 2010 - 03:18 PM

Your screenshot is not clickable.

Sorry. I was a little brain dead when I made the first post and it had to be moved. Apparently the attachment didn't make the trip. Try this...

http://yfrog.com/9dweirdsp

#5 cyberhelp

cyberhelp
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 31 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:09:04 AM

Posted 15 August 2010 - 03:20 PM

Was the pop up a windows based notification or was it a web site pop up?

We need more information from you before we can assist you in any way with this issue.

Kind regards.

Bruce.


It sure seems like Windows was throwing it, but I haven't found anyone to confirm it.

#6 Broni

Broni

    The Coolest BC Computer


  • BC Advisor
  • 42,696 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Daly City, CA
  • Local time:08:04 AM

Posted 15 August 2010 - 03:28 PM

Google brings nothing.
It may be something brand specific.

My Website

p4433470.gif

My help doesn't cost a penny, but if you'd like to consider a donation, click p22001735.gif


 


#7 cyberhelp

cyberhelp
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 31 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:09:04 AM

Posted 15 August 2010 - 03:42 PM

Google brings nothing.
It may be something brand specific.


I wondered that but I did a clean install from a retail version of Win7HPx64 so it would have to be in the bios, which I think is unlikely. But Dell IS the only possibility I haven't yet contacted, so I will probably do that...

#8 Broni

Broni

    The Coolest BC Computer


  • BC Advisor
  • 42,696 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Daly City, CA
  • Local time:08:04 AM

Posted 15 August 2010 - 03:48 PM

I'll be curious to find out.
Since it has something to do with power settings, I wouldn't be surprised, if it's set in BIOS.

My Website

p4433470.gif

My help doesn't cost a penny, but if you'd like to consider a donation, click p22001735.gif


 


#9 cyberhelp

cyberhelp
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 31 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:09:04 AM

Posted 15 August 2010 - 04:15 PM

Just talked to Dell. They insist it isn't in the bios. Their logic: "The only time the bios can throw a message is during boot." I don't know if that is correct, but it is believable. Then they transferred me to software support, and the tech there wanted to rummage around my system with his remote tool. As he was not instilling me with confidence, I declined. :huh:

I'm going to post over in the MS forums and see if anyone has an idea there...

#10 Broni

Broni

    The Coolest BC Computer


  • BC Advisor
  • 42,696 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Daly City, CA
  • Local time:08:04 AM

Posted 15 August 2010 - 04:23 PM

It'll be hard to trace, since the pop-up didn't return.

My Website

p4433470.gif

My help doesn't cost a penny, but if you'd like to consider a donation, click p22001735.gif


 


#11 cyberhelp

cyberhelp
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 31 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:09:04 AM

Posted 18 August 2010 - 11:24 AM

Still no idea where the popup came from. I am giving up the search for now and I'll get back into it should it come back.

Please keep this thread open in case someone else runs into it or something about it.

#12 Broni

Broni

    The Coolest BC Computer


  • BC Advisor
  • 42,696 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Daly City, CA
  • Local time:08:04 AM

Posted 18 August 2010 - 05:27 PM

We won't close it...

My Website

p4433470.gif

My help doesn't cost a penny, but if you'd like to consider a donation, click p22001735.gif


 


#13 cyberhelp

cyberhelp
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 31 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:09:04 AM

Posted 20 August 2010 - 04:17 PM

The source of the popup is a dictionary/thesaurus program called WordWeb. The company is trying to promote green computing.

Thanks to those who tried to help.

#14 Broni

Broni

    The Coolest BC Computer


  • BC Advisor
  • 42,696 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Daly City, CA
  • Local time:08:04 AM

Posted 20 August 2010 - 05:25 PM

Aha...how did you find out ?

My Website

p4433470.gif

My help doesn't cost a penny, but if you'd like to consider a donation, click p22001735.gif


 


#15 cyberhelp

cyberhelp
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 31 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:09:04 AM

Posted 20 August 2010 - 06:39 PM

Someone had found the popup quoted on a Turkish website. While most of that site was in Turkish, the quote was in English, and It also had "WordWeb" in English. It dawned on me that I use the free version of WordWeb. That set me wondering and I went to their site. I noticed their concern for CO2 emissions and green computing, so I emailed the author asking if the popup was from his program. It was. And if I were using the most recent version of it I could have seen "WordWeb" on the popup.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users