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I have tried full PC KIS scan on max security. And a full scan using Ad-aware. Both do not detect anything but when I am using firefox or IE, I get ramdom new tabs opening with an advertisment.

 

Can anyone suggest anything else I can try?

I have not installed anyprograms other then KIS in weeks and this is a fairly new development.

 

You guys are always so helpfull so wanna say a huge TNX in advence :)

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II get ramdom new tabs opening with an advertisment.

Control Panel - Administration - Services. Find the Messenger Service. Double-click it and set Startup Type to 'Disabled'. Then stop the service (by clicking on the link you will see on the left "stop service". This should basically solve the problem. If not, please let us know.

 

Another reason for pop-ups is java-scripts in your browser. You probably know, but firefox has an excellent pop-up blocker, which you can install from here as an extension:

Adblock:

https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/10/

And you will also need NoScript:

https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/722/

I'd be very, very surprised if after these measures you still get pop-ups.

 

P.S.: Also clear your browser cache. In IE you have to do that with the browser closed, otherwise Windows will restore everything. In the Control Panel you can find the Settings for IE. You can also use CCleaner to clean your browsers:

http://www.ccleaner.com/download/builds.aspx

Pick the "Basic" version (without Yahoo toolbar)

 

Paul

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OK done it all so far no ads. I will see if I get any in the next day or so :)

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OK done it all so far no ads. I will see if I get any in the next day or so :)

 

 

You were recommended two other applications (Ewido and SuperAntispyware) . Pop-ups don't disappear themselves , automatically . Could you share with us what they found , what did you remove ?

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Pop-ups don't disappear themselves , automatically .

They might (and most of the time do) if you apply what I indicated in my previous post [#4]... :)

 

Paul

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I did this:

1. looked for Messenger Service but it was already disabled.

2. Installed NoScript.

3. Installed SuperAntispyware and did a full scan. It DID find a list of things that Ad-aware did not find. But I am sorry but unless you know how I can find a log file I donno how to tell you what they were. It was 25-30 files. I was really shocked.

4. Installed CCleaner and fixed god knows how many things. I wanted to read it all but it was so much so I made a backup and deleted it all instead crossing my fingers.

 

After doing only these things I decided to see if anything came up (btw the pop ups were appearing randomly every 1hr+ or so, not a constant pop up problem where every page=ads). So far no Ads.

 

I am kinda upset >.< I thought I took very good care of my PC I donno how so much crap was on it. I dont think I need to install Ewido, do you?

Since I found out all this I have been on a quest to clean up my PC so can anyone suggest other things I can do (not to do with ads I mean).

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I did this:

I am kinda upset >.< I thought I took very good care of my PC I donno how so much crap was on it. I dont think I need to install Ewido, do you?

Since I found out all this I have been on a quest to clean up my PC so can anyone suggest other things I can do (not to do with ads I mean).

Hi, DWD!

 

No need to be upset. What your programs found were most probably tracking cookies and stuff. Now that you block java-scripts, you won't see any of those pop-ups any more. You should not allow cookies for ALL sites. Only forums and web-mail should be allowed to set cookies in your browser. In Firefox go to Tools - Options - Privacy and uncheck 'Accept cookies from sites'. You can then manually set the sites that are allowed in the 'Exceptions'. Just check the ones you have already [show cookies]. You should delete sites you don't recognize/don't need. If that's too hard, you can use a tool that works like NoScript:

https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2497/

It's called CookieSafe. Everything is blocked by default, and you can set exceptions.

 

Also, click on NoScript - Options - Advanced - and mark

Forbid Macromedia Flash

Forbid other plugins.

 

Another idea is to download SpywareBlaster. It will set a bunch of addresses in both IE and Firefox that are not allowed to load any crap to your computer:

http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

This is not a scanner! It just sets those blocked addresses in your browser. You should update it once a week or so.

Good luck!

 

P.S. You can find the logs for SuperAntiSpyware in Program Files - SuperAntispyware - Logs and the 'bad' files are probably in the Quarantine folder...

P.S.2: Trying Ewido, which was recommended by Turtle, is certainly something you should do...

 

Paul

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They might (and most of the time do) if you apply what I indicated in my previous post [#4]... :)

 

Paul

 

Well , if we consider installing NoScript and AdBlock automatically, then yes :D:P

 

And your last recommendation is excellent but sounds very paranoid , in my opinion. Do you use the above settings for your browsing ? Let's not forget that the OP has Kaspersky , forbidding even Macromedia (Abobe's) Flash ... ah , well .... :)

 

^_^

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OK Ewido found yet another 77 infections >.< I set Firefox to ask every time to allow/block cookies. You 2 have been so very helpfull :)

 

Edit: maybe pushing it but everything you have suggested worked perfectely. So wanna ask for another tip if you dont mind :) Know any good registery cleaner?

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OK Ewido found yet another 77 infections >.< I set Firefox to ask every time to allow/block cookies. You 2 have been so very helpfull :)

 

Edit: maybe pushing it but everything you have suggested worked perfectely. So wanna ask for another tip if you dont mind :) Know any good registery cleaner?

If those 77 were cookies then they were not infections............just cookies.

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Well , if we consider installing NoScript and AdBlock automatically, then yes  :D  :P

 

And your last recommendation is excellent but sounds very paranoid , in my opinion. Do you use the above settings for your browsing ? Let's not forget that the OP has Kaspersky , forbidding even Macromedia (Abobe's) Flash ... ah , well ....  :)

 

^_^

Hi, Turtle!

If you are not paranoid, that doesn't mean you're not being followed... :D

 

What I advise are my own settings. I don't run any anti-this and anti-that in real time. And my computer is clean as a virgin. ;)

 

I guess you wouldn't like to get any links to sites that infect your computer through Flash Player, would you? ;) I used to be a site adviser for McAfee for some time (I quit because it is rather useless to keep adding bad sites). I know the mechanics, believe me. If DWD needs to see some Flash he really wants to see (not ads I mean), the only thing he has to do is click on the NoScript sign and say 'Allow this or that site', or even better 'Temporarily allow this or that site', [but not its third parties!]

 

Cookies contain (among others) the ads you've already seen, so the nasty webmaster can show you new ones. The trouble is that if you open them, you can't see anything; the only one who has the right to edit them is the server who put them onto your computer. As you probably know, cookies are also used for program settings (RealPlayer, for example). Now that begs the question: isn't a Trojan a program? ;)

 

For some reason, Firefox 2.0 has abandoned the excellent default third-party cookies management parameter. 'Bad' cookies are almost never from the main site; almost always from third parties. Why not block them all? I have two sites set that are allowed to set cookies and I've been browsing this way for a loooooong time...

 

I would also advise DWD to check his/her host file: WINDOWS - system32 - Drivers - Etc. - Hosts

If he/she has never edited the file him/herself, the last line should read 127.0.0.1 (localhost).

I renamed mine into XHost. In this way Windows can't find it and neither can Trojans... Besides, I've set it to ReadOnly, just in case.

 

Paul

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OK Ewido found yet another 77 infections >.< I set Firefox to ask every time to allow/block cookies. You 2 have been so very helpfull :)

 

Edit: maybe pushing it but everything you have suggested worked perfectely. So wanna ask for another tip if you dont mind :) Know any good registery cleaner?

I would not encourage you to play too much with registry cleaners. Although they are helpful in some cases, you may ruin your OS if you don't know what you're doing. A good one (that's what you asked for) is RegSupreme:

http://www.macecraft.com/

but you should NEVER run it in aggressive mode! And always create the backup it suggests you with the date (and even time) of the clean-up as its name...

 

Paul

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I would not encourage you to play too much with registry cleaners. Although they are helpful in some cases, you may ruin your OS if you don't know what you're doing. A good one (that's what you asked for) is RegSupreme:

http://www.macecraft.com/

but you should NEVER run it in aggressive mode! And always create the backup it suggests you with the date (and even time) of the clean-up as its name...

 

Paul

P.S.: Since RegSupreme is not free, I'll also suggest another one: RegClean (=free)

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download458.html

 

Haven't tried this one myself, so I can't guarantee the results. Most programs from this site work well, though...

 

Paul

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P.S.: Since RegSupreme is not free, I'll also suggest another one: RegClean (=free)

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download458.html

 

Haven't tried this one myself, so I can't guarantee the results. Most programs from this site work well, though...

1) RegSeeker is also freeware (for personal use, read the EULA). I like it as well as any freeware utility that I regularly use. It includes a Registry Cleaner and several other Registry utilities.

 

http://www.hoverdesk.net/freeware.htm

 

2) Virgins aren't really all that much fun! :P

 

Ron :)

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You guy really are something :) host is 127.0.0.1 localhost. And I am taking your advice and reading about regcleaners and about whats at risk. Again Thank you ^-^

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