View Full Version : My Pop-Up Blocker Has Stopped Working
Thu, 14th Oct '04, 3:40pm
WARNING: DO NOT respond by telling me to use a different browser. It's not gonna happen, for a variety of reasons. Find someone else to preach to about the joys of your favorite non-MS product.
This sounds odd but it's the actual sequence of events, I swear:
Re-booted the machine yesterday after lunch. It gagged on something - I forget exactly which app it was.
Ran Ad-Aware after rebooting. Found 76 items. Removed them.
Immediately upon opening IE, I was plagued by pop-ups like I haven't been for several months. Prior to yesterday, the MSN toolbar was catching almost everything and I had no complaints.
Removed MSN toolbar and re-installed it. No luck.
This morning I removed MSN toolbar again and replaced it with Google toolbar. Still no luck. Ad-Aware found 84 new items this morning, less than 24 hours after the last time I ran it.
Any thoughts as to what might have happened, and how I can fix the problem given the restriction that I'm not changing browser?
Thu, 14th Oct '04, 4:47pm
There's obviously some stuff on your PC Ad-Aware is not catching (could also be a virus, do you have a virus scanner?). There are several other anti-spyware programs out there for you to try, but a thread on this has been opened in this forum only a few days ago, so check that one.
Thu, 14th Oct '04, 6:54pm
I agree with Tal. It sounds like a trojan, or something may be on your system, letting adware in. Also, check the coolweb threads started here. This malware, and a few others like it, will often remain undetected, installing "secondary" files which cause the pop-ups etc. Ad-aware finds, and cleans, the secondary symptoms, but fails to catch the primary.
Thu, 14th Oct '04, 10:00pm
Have you checked in msconfig under startup to see if there's some program that's starting up/installing itself every time you reboot. If it is then though you remove it with Ad-aware then it keeps coming back.
Thu, 14th Oct '04, 10:41pm
Start up in safe mode, and use more than just Ad-aware. Once you're logged in and in safe mode, run both of the fully-updated malware removers and you should have "the win". :rolling: :rolling: :rolling:
Fri, 15th Oct '04, 4:54pm
Trying to resist, but there's no use. Rallymama, do not enter this link. Everyone else should.
Wed, 20th Oct '04, 2:05pm
There is actually a type of spyware that stops popup blockers from working. I had this problem but I used spybot and ad-aware to remove these and other types of spyware.
Try www.download.com (http://www.download.com)
Wed, 20th Oct '04, 11:00pm
There is also Pop-Up Stopper Free Edition which might also be useful in stopping pop-ups...and you can get it here:
And maybe having a firewall might also help in case you don't have one...
Sun, 31st Oct '04, 7:16am
again, dunno how old this is, but in addition to adware, I'd try different spyware removal apps. Spysweeper is my favorite. You can get a 30 day free trial from www.webroot.com, (http://www.webroot.com,) or for a completely free one, find spybot 1.3 on www.download.com. (http://www.download.com.)
As always, update the definitions regularly.
P.S. since you are deadset on using IE, the google toolbar is hands down the best pop-up blocker there is, plus the google search engine is always with you.
Mon, 1st Nov '04, 1:17pm
She already used the Google toolbar and it can be disabled by certain types of spyware.
Mon, 1st Nov '04, 8:25pm
You should use a different browser. Try Netscape or Mozilla. Really