Please help me, I am being overrun with pop-up ads...

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Hategear, Jul 19, 2003.

  1. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    Help! The other day I clicked on a pop-up that asked me if I wanted to download a game to play on my computer. I clicked it and this game started to download. About halfway through, I thought better of it, so I pulled up my Close Program window, selected the download and clicked "End Task." Well, the program wouldn't stop downloading, so I let 'er go. Now, every time I use Explorer, I get pop-up after pop-up and when I leave the computer and come back, there are literally hundreds of pop-ups on my computer desktop. I should have known better than to download something like this, but I did it anyway. Does anyone know how I can find whatever the hell this thing is and delete it from my computer? My virus protection was running at the time, but didn't let me know anything was wrong. I've been dealing with computers for some time now, but this is the first time I've had to deal with something like this. Help me, please!

    EDIT: Here's what I clicked on:

    I'm also getting (ironically) a ton of "Stop Pop-Ups Now" ads. They all look the same -- a big stop sign with that message across the front of it.

    After a scan of all my hard drives, my Norton Anti-Virus says "no viruses found."
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
  3. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I use a browser called Camino, it is OS X exclusive, but it is based off of Mozilla which is cross platform, I don't use Mozilla, and never have, but If I'm not mistaken it blocks pop-ups. Camino blocks them 100%, and seeing as how the two browsers are related, I would imagien mozilla does the same.

    but if you don't want to change your browser(understandable) there are many pop-up blockers out there.

    check out
  4. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    Thanks for the help, guys. They seem to be gone.

    Lesson learned.
  5. I use spybot search and destroy to get rid of popups and spyware on my puter so if you ever get the problem again check out that program
  6. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    The "game" likely installed some spyware/adware on your machine (Gator, to name but one suspect) and that stuff is hard to root out - by design, of course. There are a number of spyware/adware elimination utilities available, but I don't know the names since I'm a Mac type like WR.

    WR - haven't used Camino, but Safari also blocks pop ups and seems to know good popups (links designed to open in new windows) from bad. It's Mozilla based also, I'm guessing (not certain).
  7. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I'm not a fan of safari, it's the first apple product I haven't liked, it just doesn't do what I want in a browser and the interface is not what I want either, but maybe that will change.

    Safari is built off of Coreweb Which the latest version of Omniweb uses, But it's not the Mozilla core.

    Safari definitely has a great pop-up blocker, but I prefer camino, it's just as fast and has a better design(imo)

    Camino is also really neat because it is 100% open source, every night there are new builds released, so it's constantly changing. But it's always really fast and great to use.
  8. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio!

    Jul 3, 2001
    Chester, Connecticut
    Former Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    Yup. Me too!