Dismiss Notice

Psst... Ready to join TalkBass and start posting, make new friends, sell your gear, and more?  Register your free account in 30 seconds.

Popup/spyware thread (I know, I know...)

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Eric Cioe, Jun 26, 2004.


  1. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    I know we get a lot of these. I've searched and need help.

    I'm not very computer savvy, so bear with me.

    I've run Ad-aware 6.0 a few times a week on my PC since I downloaded it, which was several months ago. It seems to wipe out the problems right away.

    Last week, I opened my Internet Explorer and was taken to a page called about:blank. No big deal, I go in and change my homepage back to yahoo, and it's ok for a while.

    I try to reopen my IE, and this about:blank comes up again.

    At about this time I started to get a popup just about every time I went to a new page (except on talkbass, strangely) saying that I may have spyware on my computer (no, really? :rolleyes: ).

    What I want to do is to get rid of these popups and also to get control of my homepage once again.

    I've ran Ad-aware 6 several times since I got this problem, also deleted cookies and temp files. No help.

    I just downloaded "Hijack This," but I'll need some help with it if indeed that is what will probably fix the problem.







    Damn porn sites. :rollno:
     
  2. Dan Molina

    Dan Molina TalkBass Secular Progressive

    Jul 17, 2002
    Murr Town, California
    download "hijack this" from download.com and post your log.
     
  3. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    A different spin - do you have the Google toolbar for IE? Adaware sometimes thinks it's spyware, and can reset your home screen to blank.

    "about:blank" is simply a browser window with no location, like a new, empty Word doc.
     
  4. Scan for a virus. I had a Trojan that did this.
     
  5. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Yup. Hijack This took care of a similar problem for me that Spybot and AdAware couldn't fix.
     
  6. StrudelBass

    StrudelBass

    Jul 6, 2002
    California
    Popup/Spyware just feed off my computer and boy does it piss me off! (I agree, those porn files... :scowl: ) I have the same problem except my homepage was changed to www.zestyfind.com (who would use this when there is google?) and the buttons to change my home page were disabled. I actually enjoy the about:blank as my homepage because I hate loading. I've tried AdAware and Spybot, I'll try this Hijack This now.
     
  7. StrudelBass

    StrudelBass

    Jul 6, 2002
    California
    I know my log wasn't asked for, but I need help on this too so I've attached it.
     
  8. Heh, did you guys miss the part where he said he has hijack this, but doesn't know what to do with it? :p

    Anyhow, post your log!!! (for me, when in doubt I "fix" (delete) anything questionable; if I'm missing anything afterwards, i'll just reinstall it, but that usually doesn't happen.)

    Also, did you try simply ctrl+alt+deleting and seeing if there are any processes running under your windows login that shouldn't be there?

    Edit: now let's take a look at strudel's log. ( i don't know what i'm talking about, but i'll give it a shot anyhow)

     
  9. Dan Molina

    Dan Molina TalkBass Secular Progressive

    Jul 17, 2002
    Murr Town, California
    Yeah most searchbar companies are natorious, stick to the main ones like yahoo and google otherwise get rid of it.
     
  10. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Deptford, NJ
    i have been having problems with spy ware also

    search and destroy hasn't helped

    damn porn

    here's my log
     
  11. StrudelBass

    StrudelBass

    Jul 6, 2002
    California
    This topic is a blessing! I'm so glad I'm not forced to visit that no-name search engine everytime I open Internet Explorer. One problem still is that my home page buttons in internet options are still disabled.

    I still get random popups too, and that REALLY pisses me off. :mad:

    How many times must I run AdAware... no, I think we know the real problem here. I'll leave you guessing... :smug:
     
  12. Sonorous

    Sonorous

    Oct 1, 2003
    Denton, TX
    From Internet Explorer.

    Tools: Internet Options: Connections: LAN Settings: Uncheck the box that says "Auto Detect Settings"
     
  13. StrudelBass

    StrudelBass

    Jul 6, 2002
    California
    Already was unchecked.
     
  14. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Anyone else like Bazooka besides me?

    -Mike
     
  15. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Deptford, NJ
    me too
     
  16. tappel

    tappel

    May 31, 2003
    Long Island, NY
  17. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    I hope this works... if not, I'll have to ask questions on how to get this uploaded (trying to tell me it's an invalid file type).


    Don't think this is working...

    I saved it as a .txt file (it was trying to do as .log before), and it uploaded fine. How do I get it off of my computer alone and out into the world, for you guys to fix my problems for me?
     
  18. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Uninstall this: C:\Program Files\BroadJump\Client Foundation\CFD.exe. You can do it from the Add/Remove Programs applet.

    Disable the RealSched, and QTTask programs as well. You can do that when you type "msconfig" in the Run command.

    Did you install the "My Way" program? If not, get rid of it.

    -Mike