Pop-Ups on my desktop

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Bruce Hedtke, Feb 1, 2003.

  1. Bruce Hedtke

    Bruce Hedtke Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 1999
    Messages:
    2,249
    Likes Received:
    0
    Does anyone know where these are coming from? I'm not talking about pop-ups that come from opening browsers, but they are popping up directly on my desktop. My belief is that they come from Gator, which I do have in my start-up folder. Is that the source or might it be from something else? These are very annoying and usually are porn related.


    Bruce
     
  2. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 1999
    Messages:
    11,267
    Likes Received:
    0
    If you're running XP, you might have windows messaging turned on. But they are probably coming from Gator as well
     
  3. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 1999
    Messages:
    6,499
    Likes Received:
    0
    diplomas and penis enhancements are popular ones that use win internal msging.

    -v
     
  4. Tekara

    Tekara Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2003
    Messages:
    783
    Likes Received:
    0
    go grad lava soft ad-aware, http://download.com.com/3000-2094-10...ml?tag=lst-0-2 , it's a ad-ware scanning/remover program that does great at getting rid of those annoying things creeping around on your Harddrive, you might also look into getting a personal firewall like zone alarm, http://www.zonelabs.com , with that you can restrict programs from accessing the internet (like gator) which will cut down on the spam as well.
     
  5. Todd H

    Todd H Go Dawgs!

    Joined:
    May 27, 1999
    Messages:
    2,174
    Likes Received:
    87
    Location:
    Georgia
    Real Name:
    Todd
    It's Messenger. This particular spamming technique came into the limelight last year. Here's an article from last year about it. The best thing to do is turn off the messenger service in XP. But installing Zonealarm and Adaware is a good idea as well.
     
  6. NickT

    NickT Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2001
    Messages:
    104
    Likes Received:
    0
    Real Name:
    Nick
    Don't use Ad Aware in the link above. It links to the old and very outdated version 5.83. It hasn't been updated in months and may not be able to properly remove anything that it finds. Lavasoft (the makers of Ad Aware) just released version 6, but only those who've paid for the pro version can get it right now. The free version is supposed to be available in another week or so. Though, because of the months of no updates, the lavasoft site seems to down frequently.

    In the meantime, try Spybot Search and Destroy which has been regularly updated. I use it and have found it to be much better than Ad Aware. It may seem a bit overwhelming at first, since it includes other features such as usage tracks, but it is very good at dealing with spyware.

    You might want to try posing your question at the Spywareinfo Forums or Wilders where there are alot of very knowledgeable folks.
     
  7. Robert_Gaither

    Robert_Gaither Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2002
    Messages:
    1,370
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'd also recommend Ad-aware as well.
     
  8. elMalloc

    elMalloc Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2001
    Messages:
    787
    Likes Received:
    0
    There's xupiter that has been known to instlal on your PC without even asking, and it will someimes change your start page to xupiter.com.

    SOunds illegal,
    ELmO
     
  9. nolesrule

    nolesrule Producer

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2001
    Messages:
    3,084
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Clearwater, FL
    Real Name:
    Joe Kauffman
    You don't need to turn meesenger off if you are behind a firewall. I find it to be a usueful program on occassion, but then I have a newtowrk of 5 PCs behind a router/firewall.
     
  10. Kevin P

    Kevin P Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 1999
    Messages:
    1,439
    Likes Received:
    0
    Are these pop-ups you're getting just a text message box, with the title "Messenger Service", or are they more like web pop-up ads, with graphics, hyperlinks, etc.?

    If they say "Messenger Service", you're receiving messenger spam over the Internet. Turning off the Messenger service will eliminate these, as will installing a firewall.

    If you're getting pop-up ads like on the web, then you have spyware/adware on your PC. Earlier posts suggested programs to remove this stuff from your computer.
     
  11. DeathStar1

    DeathStar1 Producer

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2001
    Messages:
    3,267
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yeah, but sometimes I find I can't connect to IRC using a Firewall, and have to disable it in order to chat up with some old friends. Then these annoyances come through in force.

    I saw an article on AOL a week or two ago, stating that Spammers....err... Telemarketers where suing some government agency(FCC?) for instituting a new 'no call back' law that would have pretty severe consequences if it where violated. The Telemarketers said that the laws in 26 states where enough protection for consumers.

    Here's hoping they loose this one. But here's a question. Why can't one outlaw Spam alltogether? At the very least, outlaw Spam that is clearly offering something illegal in nature like college diplomas? I'm assuming government agencies are immune to spam, or else they'd know what it's like to have to wade through 17 messages a day in order to get through to the 4 legit messages you do get. That, and whenever you input filters to block it, more seems to come through...

    Too bad someone can't challenge the government to volluntarily sign up for these lists for one week, and then see how much of a convienience it is, heh.
     
  12. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 1999
    Messages:
    11,267
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  13. John_Berger

    John_Berger Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2001
    Messages:
    2,489
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  14. MarkHastings

    MarkHastings Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2003
    Messages:
    12,013
    Likes Received:
    1
     

Share This Page