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    Porn pop-ups

    New person here without a lot of web saavy when it comes to pop-ups. I use Internet Explorer regularly and have encountered a couple of problems I can' t fix. Frequently, screens of very sexually explicit pictures seem to invade my computer. I have tried to copy and paste the web address and place them on the restricted list in the tools drop-down. It seems that the faster I restrict them, more come. I can't get ahead of them! My other problem is the absolute inability to access Hotmail from IE on this particular computer. I can't even get to a log in screen. Both these problems only affect this PC. I have a laptop networked with this one and it is not affected. Any suggestions? Thanks, Amy

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    Re: Porn pop-ups

    Hi Amy. Welcome to Woody's Lounge !! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Are you running any antivirus and/or antispyware software ?? Do you have a firewall (hardware or software) ?? Examples of these would be Norton Antivirus, Adaware se, Spybot S&D and ZoneAlarm. All but Norton AV are <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> for personal use and you really need all of them to consider yourself safe when on the internet and to cleanup the problem(s) you have now.
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    Re: Porn pop-ups

    Hi Doc!
    I have run Norton Antivirus and Adaware. I am loading ZoneAlarm right now. The link to Spybot S&D doesn't seem to go to the right place.
    Thanks, I'll let you know how this works out.
    Amy

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    Re: Porn pop-ups

    Scroll down th Spybot page a bit and you will find this link. It will take you to the download mirror site links.

    PS - be sure to update each program before you run a scan.
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    Re: Porn pop-ups

    If safer-networking.org takes you to an unrelated or bizarre site, or nowhere at all, you might check whether you have entries in your hosts file that are intercepting and redirecting "good" sites.

    On Windows XP, the hosts file lives in this folder:

    C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32DRIVERSETC

    For diagnostic purposes, it usually is safe to rename the file from hosts to hosts.old and see whether that changes how IE behaves.

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    Re: Porn pop-ups

    Are you running Ad-Watch? If not, make sure to run the SpyBot TeaTimer and resident applets. Those offer you some active protection to keep nasties from changing your settings too.
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    Re: Porn pop-ups

    Install Firefox and see whether that does better at blocking the pop ups.
    If not, try Opera.

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    Re: Porn pop-ups

    Why in the name of all that's holy would you want confuse the issue by installing a new browser ??? <img src=/S/disappointed.gif border=0 alt=disappointed width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Porn pop-ups

    Last time someone described symptoms like these to me, I found that their PC was riddled with spyware. The main culprit for the pornography was Coolweb. The inability to access sites for removing Spyware confirms that you are almost certainly infected with something nasty.

    I would strongly recommend doing a scan with cwshredder, as well as any other spyware detection and removal tools you can obtain.

    None of the Spyware detection and removal tools is able to deal with more than about 70% of the nasties that are out there, so you must use multiple tools to be quite sure that you have found everything.

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    Re: Porn pop-ups

    Stuart

    Sadly, I'm not even sure the use of multiple tools will guarantee to find everything, but you can get pretty close to it.

    I would certainly suggest that Amy downloads, installs, updates to the latest level, and runs the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta, as well as Spybot, Ad-Aware and CWShredder...

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    Re: Porn pop-ups

    Amy,

    In addition to the sound advice Stuart & John have given, you might want to take a look at this Post for some assistance in using some of the Spyware/Malware tools we've recommended. No one tool will catch all the nasties out there and we and others have found that a combination of several of them is necessary to keep your machine clean and safe from further infections. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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