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    Seriously Annoying Popups

    Hi there

    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 ?

    Thanx guys

    Dom

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    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 ?

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    The same way the server sends you the content of the page you are viewing a firewall only blocks traffic on specific ports.

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    you also can install google tool bar that has as a new feature: popups killer..
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    Another thing you may want to do is remove all spyware/adware.

    adaware
    spybot search and destroy

    Also, disable the messanger service in your services. (unless you really need it...)
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    ...or simply use the Mozilla web browser which has popup blocking built in.
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    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 :

    http://grc.com/default.htm

    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.

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    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.

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    Hi all

    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 !

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