i keep getting the same pop up via IM

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by vadislav, Feb 3, 2003.

  1. vadislav

    vadislav Guest

    i keep getting the same pop up via instant message. do you think i have spyware on my PC? i'm on AOL. will more anti spyware program's get rid of it or will i need a pop up stopper? i turned off pop up's from AOL. i turned off messenger service.
    thank's
     
  2. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    Instant message as in MSN Messenger or AIM, or as in the grey boxes with an OK button?

    It's probably just spam anyway. Annoying but harmless. Can you post the message?
     
  3. 2z

    2z OSNN Gamer

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    I've just started getting these annoying popups

    really annoying when they appear half way through a game

    do they look anything like this ??

    BTW ......... I'm on AOL & I dont think they are responsible
     
  4. Enyo

    Enyo Moderator

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    Darn annoying type of advertising!

    http://mynetwatchman.com/kb/security/articles/popupspam/index.htm is one of the best test and fix pages ive seen. OR http://www.stopmessengerspam.com/index.html

    Easy fix thankfully, firewalling and/or disabling the messenger service fixes it up.

    vadislav, on wednesday (when it comes out) install ad-aware 6 free if you suspect spyware this will catch it for you. Its the most likely cause if its not releated to the messenger service or a particular site.
     
  5. 2z

    2z OSNN Gamer

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    thanks for link :D

    I cant disable the messenger I'm on a network

    Dont really want to put a firewall on it slows down online gaming

    its more than likley caused by adaware bundled with software

    no idea which one though :eek: I've gone through loads of freebies and demos

    maybe its time a format :p

    :cool:
     
  6. rettahc

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    TwoZ the messenger service is only used for sending administrative alerts, so unless you use net send alot go ahead and turn it off.
     
  7. Enyo

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    As rettahc said its not critical.

    A firewall wont slow your gaming down that much if you use a light resource app such as OutpOst which can use as little as 900k of memory or kerio. I understand that even the XP firewall will stop the spam but cant confirm this.
     
  8. 2z

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    Yeah I twigged after I posted (usually the case) :eek:

    Doh !!!!!!!

    usually I have workstation disabled in services so I've never seen it before this week

    after a late night LAN session I forgot to turn it off again

    sorted now

    thanks

    :cool: