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    Posted by Chris Wool on September 7, 2004 at 12:06 pm

    seem to be atracting a lot of unwelcome adverts keep blasting them with spybot and dumping the cookies all started after trying to get a mp3 file

    any help please
    one jumped on as trying to spell check this

    storeinet replied 19 years, 8 months ago 10 Members · 17 Replies
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  • storeinet

    September 7, 2004 at 12:16 pm


    You can download pop-up blockers, the google tool bar has a blocker built in.

    it can be downloaded from here http://toolbar.google.com/

    Hope that helps.


  • Chris Wool

    September 7, 2004 at 12:34 pm

    thanks for that done it i think see how it goes


  • Nicola McIntosh

    September 7, 2004 at 9:16 pm

    as i’ve mentioned before ๐Ÿ˜€

    try http://www.majorgeeks.com it has freeware and loads other stuff which is pretty straight forward and works!! ๐Ÿ˜›


  • Chris Wool

    September 13, 2004 at 1:51 pm

    ok tried several things no good
    when i change posts a advert jumps up some not nice only does it as it changes though and happens more on this site ??


  • Lee Jones

    September 13, 2004 at 2:22 pm

    Have you got a firewall running ?

    if not , I would suggest getting a good one such as Agnitum Outpost firewall


    There is a FREE version available for download, as well as the pay for PRO version.

    I have used many in the past, such as Zone alarm And zone Alarm PRO and this one is the best, it allows you to block anything coming in, or going out, you’ll be surprised just how much of your software tries to connect to the internet or phone home.
    This would prevent any active content or software running without you knowing, and should any software unknown to you wants access, you simply block it, both entering and leaving you computer. Sounds like it activates a pop up on executing a new page

    If you don’t want to go to the expence of the PRO version firewall, then you could try a free popup blocker such as –


    Hope this helps

  • Chris Wool

    September 13, 2004 at 2:37 pm


    running norton 2003 & spybot – spybot cleans it all up but slowly comes back tried different levels of fire wall untill the network wont operate still gets through got googles pop up blocker working as well
    i think it stems back to when i tried to get a mp3 file ? any more ideas please


  • Lee Jones

    September 13, 2004 at 3:01 pm

    Try having a look in the Windows Task Manager (Ctrl + Alt + Delete) and select the processes tab, and have a look there for any software thats currently running that you do not recognise. Its obviously starts up in the start up sequence when you first turn on th computer, and will continue to reinstall having cleared all cookies etc.

    BTW, norton is good, but many of the new or unknown spyware/trojans etc it cannot detect, unless it has it in its database, therefore it will continue to do what the offending software want to, where as Outpost brings up any connection attempt and notifies you immediately. Tried Norton in the past, and found it to be difficult to configure, and many times, if it did not recognise or know what to do, it blocks it anyway, causing more problems than not having it at all.

    Just my thoughts, as i’m sure many people use it, and are satisfied with it.

  • David Evans

    September 13, 2004 at 3:02 pm


    Have you checked your Internet Browser properties, both the privacy tab and the Security tab (Custom / Default level), you can setup how your browser treats things like ActiveX controls and cookies.

    Its also possible that you already have something installed, run msconfig and look at whats in your startup. You can enable and disable programs that start up with the machine. I often find on my kids machines which have the same problem that its a small exe starting up that causes all the popups and disabling it in the startup makes it go away.
    Note: Sometimes they name the program time.exe or something you think is part of the OS, find the program if you are not sure and check its properties and see who the manufacture is.

    Best regards

    _David Evans

  • john6512

    September 13, 2004 at 3:29 pm

    If you are running Windows XP, try downloading the new service pack 2, it has pop-up blocker built in for free! (and lots of other security and goodies!)

  • Gordon Forbes

    September 14, 2004 at 8:07 pm

    Try Adaware and spybot as they both miss things that the other catches.
    I would say that you may have your browser hi jacked and ther is a thing you can download to check this do a search on google for hijacked browsers an that may fix it.

  • Lee Harris

    September 14, 2004 at 11:29 pm

    Hi Chris

    Have a look at http://www.pchell.com This site has helped me a few times.


  • John Cornfield

    September 15, 2004 at 12:25 am

    contact your isp most of them these days can put a simple spam message identifier onto offending emails, then set up a filter in outlook to drop these into a folder occaisionally scan it and delete the emails.

    If you are with BT they do this and it works well.

    Get yourself microsoft office xp use outlook for you emial it has a spam folder set up all you need to do is identify the spam messages when they come in. Eventually you catch most of the offending emails. Make sure you use the filter properly using the @blahaahhh.whatever part to identify offending web address.

    I still get 50 -100 a day but it is no hassle now as they automatically get dumped to the bin and then deleted.



  • Chris Wool

    September 15, 2004 at 9:46 am



  • Chris Wool

    September 15, 2004 at 11:50 am

    i did the hijacked browsers thing which sounded the most logical cost 35 dollars but seemed to have done the trick
    many thanks


  • Gordon Forbes

    September 15, 2004 at 8:08 pm

    Tooo mannneeee sssuuurrrrippitisiouss things goin on on the web nowadays even innocent stuff seems to have hidden things come down with em
    Glad I pointed you in the right direction.

  • Robert Lambie

    September 15, 2004 at 8:18 pm

    the bit that bugs me about all this is browsing speed.
    we are all trying to get on broadband.. but when you do.. you need a good firewall, that slows down your connection considerably, as it has to check everything thats coming into your comp. so faster the comp i guess faster it processes giving faster connection. then comes the spybots running in the background doing the same thing.. again, more junk needed software.. slowing down your broadband. the list goes on and on.. so we pay much more for spped, only to have it slowed down again by spam & intruders.. you cant win.. ๐Ÿ™„
    ive just upped from .5 meg broadband to 1 meg.. to be honest the download of files etc is brilliant but browsing the web ultra fast isnt what its cracked upto be because of all the above ๐Ÿ™„

  • storeinet

    September 18, 2004 at 12:30 pm

    Hi Rob

    Just in answer to your comments:(this is not a pop)

    A firewall should not really slow down your connection, reason being TCP/IP works on a port number basis.

    For example.

    http Port 80 World Wide Web HTTP
    ftp-data Port 20 File Transfer [Default Data]
    ftp Port 21 File Transfer [Control]

    And so on. All the firewall is doing is allowing or denying traffic on these port numbers. OK there is an element of processing but in terms of the end user usage on a modern pc this is debatable.

    List of port numbers can be found here, if your interested.


    With spybots the same could be said as these are only looking at specific types of files, and you would have downloaded these in the first place. Again there is an element of processing, but again with a modern pc should not affect your broadband.

    With regards to slow browsing there are a number of elements that can cause this, the ones listed below are just a few.

    Your browser cache is fall, therefore the browser needs to delete fills / search for files before you download the web pages.

    Some web hosting companies impose a speed restriction on websites, more so on free web hosting.

    There are contention ratios imposed by your broadband supplier, this is to say (example) that if BT had a pipe of 1meg directly onto the internet, ten people with broadband would share that pipe. Right then if two people were downloading from the net at 2pm the speed of the download would be great, but if at 3pm all ten were downloading the speed would be reduced. Hope that makes sense Thereโ€™s also the traffic hitting that server you are trying to reach, maybe itโ€™s just not up to the job or the bandwidth to it is insufficient.

    The net is built up of routers, if one of these routers goes down then the traffic that was going down to that router is diverted to another, so this router now has double the traffic that originally had, therefore slowing that down.

    One of the other things is global IP traffic, so at certain times of the day the net will be slower.

    Hope that makes sense.


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