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Are these pop-ups rogues?


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#1 derregor

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 11:03 PM

On my desktop I'm getting a succession of pop-ups in the bottom right hand corner. They are all similar in design and they each tell me that a program I have needs updating. (Java, Firefox etc etc). I suspect this is an attempted attack by a virus so I don't put my cursor anywhere near the box.

 

On startup the box has usually gone but soon another arrives telling me of the "outdated" status of yet another program.

 

I'm running Windows Defender and AdAware.

 

Anyone know how to get rid of these pesky notices?

 

Thanks,

 

derregor


Edited by hamluis, 03 October 2013 - 05:40 AM.
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Posted 02 October 2013 - 11:34 PM

Java and adobe and any virus and programs you enabled automatic updates settings will pop up in the tray area that it is available. But i do not know about firefox. The firefox updates, when you go to the Help menu , click "about firefox", then you get the updates. Please go to the programs and disabled the settings for the programs for automatic updates.

          Adobe and java should always be updated to get the secured browsing experience.

                   Go to the settings and choose disable auto updates for any other programs.



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 12:46 AM

jraju1954

 

Many thanks for that info.

 

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 11:58 AM

Hi,

 

It is best to listen to those pop-ups, but, don't click from them. Instead, read what software it says needs updating, then use your browser to go to the official site and download the update manually, that way you can be sure you're safe no matter what the pop-ups link too.



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 04:50 PM

TheChunkWorld,

 

Thanks for the advice. I finally worked out that this is the safe way to go. Unsurprisingly, the various programs that the pop-up directed me to all said "your softwre is up to date" (or eqivalent), which is as it should be as they are all on auto update.

 

Popups still keep popping up, tho'. Guess I'll have to live with it..

 

Cheers,

 

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 01:36 AM

TheChunkWorld,

 

Thanks for the advice. I finally worked out that this is the safe way to go. Unsurprisingly, the various programs that the pop-up directed me to all said "your softwre is up to date" (or eqivalent), which is as it should be as they are all on auto update.

 

Popups still keep popping up, tho'. Guess I'll have to live with it..

 

Cheers,

 

derregor   :huh:

If you right-click on the taskbar, click Properties, then where it says Notification Area, click Customize.... you can then disable certain, or all notifications.



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 06:23 AM

On my desktop I'm getting a succession of pop-ups in the bottom right hand corner. They are all similar in design and they each tell me that a program I have needs updating. (Java, Firefox etc etc). I suspect this is an attempted attack by a virus so I don't put my cursor anywhere near the box.

 

On startup the box has usually gone but soon another arrives telling me of the "outdated" status of yet another program.

 

I'm running Windows Defender and AdAware.

 

Anyone know how to get rid of these pesky notices?

 

Thanks,

 

derregor

 

Hello,

 

I'm just as my name suggests, a neophyte, so I'm not trying to be your teacher.  But have you tried to run Malwarebytes Anti Malware yet?  At least then you might get an idea how bad things are.  I fell for the fake "Update Flash" scam and that's when my problems started.  I ran MalBytes and it found 6 PUPS (Potentially unwanted programs.)  Then as a little adventure I decided to download Spybot to see how good it, too, would do in finding any malware files, but I downloaded the fake Spybot! (blockhead.)  It literally took over my browsers by changing all the settings and, I'm sure, many other nefarious acts.  Things were about as bad as they could get. I ran Malbytes again, and it found that I'd been infected with about 140 PUPs (Yuk!)  If nothing else, it was a good diagnostic step, like going to the doctor and at least knowing what ya got. LOL  What I needed was a special uninstaller, but I didn't know that at the time, so I ended up having to do a System Recovery on my 1 week old HP notepad.

 

Anyway, if you don't have Malwarebytes, you can download from this site under "downloads."   If you download from here you'll be safe.  If I didn't feel 100% sure about that, I wouldn't suggest it.  It's easy, it's fast, and frankly, a little fun, too.  Then again, nothing in life is really 100% sure.

 

Not much help, I know, but at least I didn't hurt ya. ;)  


Edited by ComputerNeophyte, 04 October 2013 - 06:32 AM.


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Posted 04 October 2013 - 04:37 PM

ComputerNeophyte, thanks.

 

I already have done the things you suggest. My PC appears to be working normally.

 

Regards,

 

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 05:56 PM

What OS (Windows 7, Vista, XP) are you using?

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 06:34 PM

Hi, thanks.

 

I'm running W7 with MSE and AdAware.

 

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 07:29 PM

Disable java update service on Windows Vista or Windows 7
Disable automatic updates in Acrobat Reader
Disable ‘An update to your Adobe Flash Player is available’ Message
Disable auto update setting in Adobe Shockwave Player
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Posted 04 October 2013 - 09:27 PM

Thanks a lot. Will do.

 

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 09:35 PM

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