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Pop-up ads is annoying. Who may help me remove it?

   
12:30 am on Sep 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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These days in my browser there are some annoying pop-up ads which make my browser much slower. The URL of pop-ups is <Sorry, no URLs. See TOS [webmasterworld.com]>. Please anyone can help me remove it.

[edited by: tedster at 2:31 am (utc) on Sep. 14, 2004]

1:04 am on Sep 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It sounds like your computer is infected with adware. I would recommend you download and run adaware. This program is free and should do the trick.
1:31 am on Sep 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thank you, kodaks. But where I can download this kind of software? Thanks in advance.
1:49 am on Sep 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Just google for "adaware". Don't know if the full URL is off-TOS or not....
1:55 am on Sep 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks a lot,vkaryl. I have found this kind of software.
10:09 am on Sep 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Remember that a lot of the "anti-adware" software is itself installing adware and spyware...

However, since upgrading to Firefox, I've never had any unrequested popups. I'd change browsers first before putting any unreputable software on.

10:29 am on Sep 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Remember that a lot of the "anti-adware" software is itself installing adware and spyware

True, but there are a couple of very reputable bits of software out there that are recommended by many.

And while changing browsers can help in some situations (ie when the spyware is BHO, or IE linked), a full check doesn't do any harm.

It's almost got to a point where a good anti-adware solution is almost as vital as an antivirus!

7:26 pm on Sep 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It's almost got to a point where a good anti-adware solution is almost as vital as an antivirus!

Very true. I take care of a lot of PCs for my company and have them all loaded. With all the surfing going on, the programs are finding problems daily.

Also, stay away from any freeware or shareware.

5:02 am on Oct 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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"Ad-aware" can be downloaded for free from its maker at www.lavasoftusa.com

It's an excellent free program; so is "Spybot - Search and Destroy" which you can get from www.download.com

My company installed these two programs on our six computers before downloading Windows XP SP2, and found up to 500 items of spyware or adware on each PC, despite having kept all Norton anti-virus software up-to-date (scary, huh?).

All computers run faster now, too :)

5:23 am on Oct 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Our company uses both Ad-aware and SpyBot - Search and Destroy with good results. We're down to a few silly employees who keep clicking "OK" on the popups.

We are insisting those employees use Firefox, but you know how it is. Short of firing them, whaddya gonna do? Block HTTP traffic at the router?

felixren: Mozilla's Firefox web browser does a very good job of keeping popups and other nasty web programs from executing. You can download it from the Mozilla website.

[edited by: StupidScript at 5:24 am (utc) on Oct. 1, 2004]

5:23 am on Oct 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Our company uses both Ad-aware and SpyBot - Search and Destroy with good results. We're down to a few silly employees who keep clicking "OK" on the popups.

We are insisting those employees use Firefox, but you know how it is. Short of firing them, whaddya gonna do? Block HTTP traffic at the router?

felixren: Mozilla's Firefox web browser does a very good job of keeping popups and other nasty web programs from executing. You can download it from the Mozilla website.