August 17th, 2003, 04:35 PM
Seriously Annoying Popups
I'm getting really hacked off with a popup ad that keeps appearing and messing with online gaming sessions. The offender (www.endads.com) sends a popup ad that appears when I've got my firewall running and also when I've got internet explorer closed.
It's probably me being naive, but I thought that popups would only appear if you have an explorer window open. I must be wrong because the ad is still appearing - can anyone recommend anything that I can do to get rid of this ?
August 17th, 2003, 04:53 PM
August 17th, 2003, 04:54 PM
Thanks deadaddict, I'm dowloading it now. To help my own understanding, how do popups get through a firewall ? I mean a firewall is supposed to stop naughty data packets isn't it ?
August 17th, 2003, 05:05 PM
The same way the server sends you the content of the page you are viewing a firewall only blocks traffic on specific ports.
August 17th, 2003, 06:55 PM
you also can install google tool bar that has as a new feature: popups killer..
One more time GO Google!!
August 17th, 2003, 07:12 PM
Another thing you may want to do is remove all spyware/adware.
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Also, disable the messanger service in your services. (unless you really need it...)
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August 17th, 2003, 08:02 PM
...or simply use the Mozilla web browser which has popup blocking built in.
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August 17th, 2003, 08:08 PM
I agree that the popup may be something running locally on your machine, so phishphreek80'S advice is good. I use both those products myself and am happy with them.
To disable the messenger service you might like to look at :
Steve Gibson has a tool called "shoot the messenger" as I recall. The site is worth a visit anyway, as there are a variety of tools and some intertesting articles.
August 17th, 2003, 08:10 PM
domtheboy....to answer your question 'how do popups get through the firewall'.
They are using HTTP protocol port 80. This is allowed through your firewall.
Downloading pop-up killers is an excellent idea. But you must have some software 'installed' that is retrieving them. Such as 'Hotbar' 'Gator' or ?.
Go through your Add/Remove programs and see what is there.
August 17th, 2003, 10:50 PM
Thanks very much for your replies - after posting last time I realised I hadn't mentioned something important that I think Nihil has kinda touched on.
The popup messages I have been receiving have been from two companies that are advertising anti pop up software (somewhat ironic I know). I visited one of their websites and it was, of course, a lengthy advert for their software. However, I was able to glean some info as their site said their software would "block Messenger popups sent via the built in Windows Messenging Service".
So from the look of things I need to get rid of messenger software. I'm gonna check out the site that Nihil has so kindly provided the link for, but I'm now just a bit teed off that using the messenger service means leaving a gaping security hole that spammers can exploit. Grrrrrrrrrr!
Anyway, thanks for the help people, + antipoints all round !