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    Getting rid of adult sites (IE 6)

    (I'm presuming the system in question uses IE 6.0, but it may have an older version.) I teach a non-credit class on computers for beginners. One of my students--a young woman--asked me how to stop a flood of adult porn sites from appearing on her computer every time she dials up. As she describes the problem, every time she connects and launches IE, she sees a never-ending stream of pornography pages. These pages pile up, one on top of the other, and she has not found a way to keep them from loading. Her questions are the obvious ones: How did this phenomenon get started, and--more importantly as her immediate concern--how does she stop these pages from loading?

    I just finished reading the very lengthy discussion among rmrucker, MerC, DarkRealm and many others--the discussion that began back in October 2001 as post number 82310. (My printed copy took eight sheets of paper!) That discussion was instructive, but it went into stuff that will certainly be 'way over my student's head. Can someone offer a "condensed" (Reader's Digest) version for this young lady? I can show her these 16 pages of discussion, but I don't think any of it will make sense to her. ActiveX, Java, JavaScript...I can see her eyes starting to glaze over. Can we trace her problem back to a virus infection? Something else? Did someone else who uses her computer possibly visit an adult site and thus start this event? Thanks for the help...and I'm sure my student will thank you!

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    Re: Getting rid of adult sites (IE 6)

    Lucas:
    This isn't going to be the total solution you were looking for...however, I can tell you that I am among the list of people that HATES all types of pop up advertising. Even when I logged on to my Excite! Homepage, they would bombard me with popup crap.

    There is a freeware (donations okay, but otherwise, free) program called Popup Killer. I downloaded it, placed on my machine so that it starts automatically and it zaps those popups instantly. I like it and I think it should be considered at least as a temporary fix to the problem you've described.

    More advice will surely come that will actually solve the problem but until then, consider this a bandaid! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Getting rid of adult sites (IE 6)

    Has she changed her "Homepage" to be something different? Most of these ONLY hijack when some one has make a visit to a site.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Getting rid of adult sites (IE 6)

    I understand that the level of some of these discussions are clearly not for the beginning student. There are a couple of good solutions for her that do not entail a huge understanding of the workings of Internet Explorer, Active Content, Security zones, and the like. I think she needs two different problems squashed:

    1) Pop-up killers -- such as the one listed above. But there are many out there. Popki is well liked -- and also free.

    2) Home page hijack stoppers. There are also several out there. StartPage Guard is well liked and free as well.

    These types of solutions are relatively easy for beginners. There are really a multitude of potential ways to solve some of these problems, but I suggest she trying these first. If you or she desire something else, let us know.
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    Edit: I just ran into this list of other pop-up eliminating programs:

    Pop-up Stopper
    PopUp Killer
    PopAd Filter
    POW

    Then, if anyone would like to learn more about "HomePage Hijacking", here are some reports:

    Invasion of the Browser Snatchers
    Hijacked
    Homepage Hijackers

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    Re: Getting rid of adult sites (IE 6)

    Great information! Thank you very much! I think my student will be able to fix her problem with the information you've provided.

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    Re: Getting rid of adult sites (IE 6)

    It is the first one on my last list. It comes in 3 versions -- and the most basic one is free. This Popup Stopper and Popki seem to be the easiest to use. Some of the others (POW and Popup Killer) require the user to add popups to a list -- or to download pre-made lists from other users.

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    Re: Getting rid of adult sites (IE 6)

    <font color=red> Edited by DaveA to add url code</font color=red>
    You can also try Pop-Up Stopper from http://www.panicware.com. Great freeware that works really well.

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    Re: Getting rid of adult sites (IE 6)

    Like everyone else I am sick of the pop up ads. ABC News has become so bad I can't even read it any more. I downloaded and installed Popki and was totally amazed. No Muss No Fuss!!! Fantastic!! Now I can enjoy surfing again. My friends rely on me for advice. I know what Im recommending...
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    Re: Getting rid of adult sites (IE 6)

    Popki.... Great! Thanks for the tip!

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    Re: Getting rid of adult sites (IE 6)

    Unfortunately, this problem is not, I think one about pop-up ads. If it is not a nobbled Home Page, it seems more likely to be concerned with Temporary Internet Files. Your student could try this easily enough :

    IE6/Tools/Internet Options/General/Delete Cookies and Delete Files.

    This clears out anything some site or another has placed on your system - and it sounds to me as though this has happened to your student. It does no harm to do this every so often anyway. Sites you've visited won't remember you, but it's easy enough to re-enter your details.

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    Re: Getting rid of adult sites (IE 6)

    This is clearly about Pop-ups and hijacked Home Pages!! ;-]
    Where have you been anyway?

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    Re: Getting rid of adult sites (IE 6)

    Hi Rick
    A recent experience I had, which the description fitted to a T, was solved in the way I described - removing temporary Internet files (properly, through IE). I had been running NoAds, a pop-up crusher which normally works quite well, when I got a sudden in-rush of porn-ad. Something had placed a cookie, and the files which caused this stuff to display, on to my system. The individual graphics files were present in the TI folder and were not coming in from outside. I didn't think this fell into the 'pop-up' ad class, is all.
    Haven't been around the lounge lately owing to illness and a faulty upgrade. But I'm on the mend now, trying to work through the backlog. Nice of you to notice.

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